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With the celebration of the holy mass in the cathedral the Second European OFS and YouFra Congress has started in Mostar.

“Live a life worthy of the calling you have received!” (Ephesians 4,1)

In 2012 the OFS and YouFra had their first joint European congress in French town of Lisieux, famous for Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus. It was a kind of historic moment because it was the first time to have a meeting like this between the OFS and YouFra, although YouFra have had its five congresses up to then. One of the things decided on this Congress was to continue the same path together and to organize the Second European OFS-YouFra congress in Bosnia and Herzegovina in 2015. Thus the National fraternity of Bosnia and Herzegovina started to organize this congress which will be held 17-23 August 2015 in Mostar.

The slogan of the Congress will be “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received!” (Ephesians 4,1) and will deal with different aspects of our call. It is expected around 200 representatives of OFS and YouFra fraternities from all around the Europe and some members of the CIOFS Presidency. The main parts of the program have already been defined and pre-registration for participation started. We plan to visit a known Marian shrine in Međugorje and also the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sarajevo, called the European Jerusalem because of the coexistence of three religions and different cultures.

The hosting OFS and YouFra fraternity of Bosnia and Herzegovina are honoured to be hosts of the Second European Congress of OFS and YouFra and rejoice for the arrival of brothers and sisters from Europe. Let us pray for the success of this Franciscan gathering!

 1) News, (DOC)

 2) Convocation letter

 3) Circular

 4) Circular 2

 5) Programme