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K O I N Ō N I A
  _ ...together on the journey
THE CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS-YOUFRA

2020 - 1                                               Year 27                                                           n.105

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SECULAR FRANCISCANS IN TIMES OF GREAT CHANGES


THE OFS RULE AS A RESPONSE IN TIMES OF GREAT CHANGES
Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCAP.


Introduction

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical house says in one of his reflections that if, by some miracle the whole Bible were to be concentrated to pronounce one word, all it would say will be “God-loves-you!”1. Sacred Scripture is all about the love of God. Jesus Christ, by his incarnation, life, passion, death and resurrection, is the supreme prove and eternal covenant of this love. The Church is founded to be a means and instrument, “some sort of sacrament”2 to tell the world of this love until the end of time. In this light, evangelization is telling the world of God’s love made known to us in Christ Jesus. However, how can this be done in language intelligible to each generation”3? This is the challenge of inculturation. It is the challenge of up-dating, “aggiornamento” which the universal Church decided to take up with faith and courage from Vatican II. As times and cultures change, so too should we update and adapt our language and methods to ensure effective evangelization.

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Prot. n. 3223                                                                                    Rome, February 7, 2020

To all OFS and Franciscan Youth International Councilors
To all OFS National Councils
To all Franciscan Youth National Councils

Dears brothers and sisters,
OFS and YOUFRA,
Peace and all good:


This is the fifth in a series that we are sending all fraternities. We propose that you reflect with our local fraternities based on the proposal made by the 2014 General Chapter that invited us to: “Promote prayer and constructive dialogue in the family. When it is convenient and necessary “encourage the formation of marriage groups and family groups.” (Const. 24.2).

 

 

Prot. N. 3220                                                                                    Rome, January 14, 2020

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Dear Brothers and Sisters,


This coming 24 May will mark the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Laudato Si’”. In it
the Holy Father, moved by the concern generated by “the cracks in the planet that we inhabit as well as … the profoundly human causes of environmental degradation” (LS 163), expressed his desire for the opening of a dialogue among all the inhabitants of our planet with a goal of setting in motion global action for the good of our common home.

K O I N Ō N I A
…together on the journey


THE CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS-YOUFRA

 

 

2019 - 4                                         Year 26                                                                           n. 104

«Walking with the young people: a vital challenge for OFS»


The Relationship between OFS and YouFra: Challenges and hopes
Fr. Claudio Hernán Eguzquiza Rodríguez, TOR

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Introduction

Dear sisters and brothers: my greetings!


With this small writing I would like to share with you my joy of being part of this great project of our Franciscan family. I reached in Rome two months ago and I am in the process of accommodating myself and getting used to my new house and to this pastoral work that the Order has entrusted to me and I assume it with a great desire to continue learning and sharing the rich experience of our Franciscan spirituality.

Ordo Franciscanus Saecularis
Consilium Internationale
FAMILY COMMISSION
Jennifer Harrington OFS

Intergenerational dialogue in the fraternity:
relationship between secular young people and secular elders in the fraternity.

 

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We continue proposing what was recommended at the 2014 General Chapter to strengthen the family life of OFS, and in this article we are inviting you to consider the relationship between secular young people and secular elders in the fraternity and how the intergenerational dialogue takes place.

K O I N Ō N I A
_ ...together on the journey

THE CONFERENCE OF GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS OFS-YOUFRA

 

 

 


2019 - 3                                                            Year 26                                                             n. 103

 

«Walking with the young people: a vital challenge for OFS»

 


«Spiritual Assistant and YouFra: the art of vocational discernment»
Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCAP

 

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Introduction


The Synod on young people was on the theme «young people, faith and vocational discernment». Continuing our reflection on the journey with young people in this third issue of Koinonia, we focus on the role of the spiritual assistant in the vocational discernment of the Franciscan Youth (YouFra).

All Christians are called to life, to friendship with God in Jesus and to holiness1 in the current context as it is, “with its risks, its challenges and its opportunities”2. YouFra shares the Franciscan vocation with other members of the Franciscan Family. However, being young, many are still in search of their own vocation and others try to mature in the vocation they have discovered. They need to be accompanied in discernment and maturation.

The service of spiritual assistance recommended by the OFS legislation has this purpose as well. Therefore, as pastors and traveling companions for young people, the assistant should be an expert in the art of vocational discernment. Starting from the experience of Francis of Assisi, model of YouFra and from some indications offered by Pope Francis in the Post Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus Vivit, we propose here four elements which, in our opinion, should guide the assistants of YouFra in the vocational discernment for young people. These four elements are: identifying the dreams of young people, helping them to ask the question “Lord what do you want me to do?”, giving them opportunities to serve the poor and then propose some pathways.

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