Situation in Venezuela
To all National Councils of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS)
Dear brothers and sisters,
On behalf of the Presence in the World Commission of the CIOFS Presidency, we wish to call your attention to the situation that Venezuela is currently experiencing. We are referring specifically to the peaceful protests that have been organized since last February 12th, and to the grave incidents that have unfolded since, with the sad result of people being arrested, wounded, and killed, mostly among very young people.
National Elective Chapter, Lebanon
The National Fraternity of Lebanon has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 23-24 November, 2013.
Franciscan voice, January 2014
PIWC Venezuela - Maiquetia
Active Presence of the OFS in the world – Survey 2011
Venezuela OFS National Fraternity
Fraternity name: San Francisco de Maiquetía
1. Project: Franciscan children soup kitchens
These soup kitchens were organized to respond to the extreme poverty suffered by some communities within the Vargas State lacking. both material and spiritual assistance. OFS brothers and sisters cook food which is then taken at a time to the various communities where children are served with the help of families from the same community.
PIWC Venezuela - Acibuensa
Survey on the Active presence of the OFS in the World
National Fraternity of Venezuela
San Jose Obrero (St. Joseph the Worker) Local Fraternity
GOOD SAMARITAN Civic Association (ACIBUENSA)
1. Description of the Project
The Good Samaritan Civic Association is a nonprofit charitable association, legally recognized and registered, which offers free care to male alcohol dependents and indigents from the Guanare Municipality, in the State of Portuguesa and surrounding villages. This center provides these people with food, shelter, outpatient medical care, and other necessities for recovery, including spiritual assistance.
This social service is supported through monthly financial contributions of generous people, since it does not receive financial support from the government.
In order to carry out the work at the kitchen, bathroom, laundry and that of maintenance, the institution has hired three paid employees and voluntary internal director.
Monthly Dossier, January 2014
PRESIDENCY OF THE OFS INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL
ONGOING FORMATION PROJECT
MONTHLY DOSSIER No 44
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY -
By Blessed Pope John Paul II
Mike and Jenny Harrington ofs
Session 8 THE DIMENSION OF SIGN (TOB 103 - 107)
In our last session we looked at the dimension of Covenant of Grace and the interpretationof Ephesians 5 on marriage as the "great mystery" of Christ's bridal union with his Church. the sacramentality of Christian marriage as a true sacrament of the new law. This sacrament not only pointing to but sharing in that love-giving, life-giving and grace-giving reality. Having looked at the divine dimension, let us now look at the human dimension.
Even during this Christmas season, a yearly recurrence that is at the heart of all humanity because it means love and fraternity, the bloody civil war in Syria has not ceased and the weapons have continued to send there their message of death.