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Dear all,

on March 24, 2019 in Rome at the "Seraphicum", Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure, organized by the Presidency of the International Council of the Secular Franciscan Order CIOFS, a conference was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, approved by Pope St. Paul VI on June 24, 1978, with his letter "Seraphicus Patriarcha".

We enclose the reports of the speakers:

- Encarnación del Pozo: Implementation of the Pauline Rule, current challenges;
- Benedetto Lino: The Pauline Rule of the Order of Franciscan Penitents;
- Michèle Altmeyer: Spiritual features of the new OFS Rule;
- Padre Raniero Cantalamessa OFM Cap: The Secular Franciscan Order living memory of the early franciscan preaching

Pax et Bonum!

Prot. n. 3080

Rome, June 24, 2018

Nativity of Saint John the Baptist


To all my sisters and brothers in te Secular Franciscan Order all over the world

To all the Youfra members all over the world


My dear Sisters and Brothers!

May the Lord give you his peace! 


Circular letter of the Conference of General Ministers of the Franciscan First Order and Third Order Regular to all the friars and the brothers and sisters of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) and Franciscan Youth (YouFra) on the occasion of the fortieth anniversary of the promulgation of the OFS Rule
Dear sisters and brothers, may the Lord give you peace!

Dear Secular Franciscans,

CIOFS is excited to present you a special gift to help you celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rule. CIOFS has prepared a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New' Rule, A Treasure for the OFS" which provides a historical perspective on the rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary.

Please share this video with your brothers and sisters. View the video and celebrate the rule together. Take some time to discuss and contemplate its message. Celebrate this great treasure in your hearts and carry it with you throughout the day.