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The National Fraternity of El Salvador has celebrated its National Elective Chapter on 12 – 14 June, 2015.The new national minister is Morena Guadalupe Pérez Ayala de Deleón and Wilfredo Argueta Cazares was elected as international councillor.

According to motto: „Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received“ important place at the Congress took themes on family life, interreligious dialogue and care about all created.

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

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2015 - 2                                         Year 22                                   no. 86

 

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY FOR THE OFS AND FOR THE YOUFRA


THE FAMILY IN THE RULE AND GENERAL CONSTITUTIONS OF THE OFS
Fr. Martín Bitzer, OFMConv


Introduction

The fact that a rule so small as that of the Secular Franciscans devotes an entire article (17) to the family, tells us of the importance of family in the life of a Secular Franciscan.1
The family is an essential part in the "form of life" of every Secular Franciscan. The OFS Constitutions reaffirm this idea when they say: “Secular Franciscans should consider their own family to be the first place in which to live their Christian commitment and Franciscan vocation.” (Const. OFS 24.1)
This article has two parts. In the first we present the text of the Rule which speaks of the family and we offer our comment about it.
Considering, then, that the General Constitutions of the OFS are the application of what is contained in the Rule in its details, we think that only reading the texts constitutes the best commentary on what the family is as contained briefly in the Rule. And so we decided to quote the texts of the Constitutions dealing with the topic without giving an explanation.

The National Fraternity of the Czech Republic has celebrated its National Elective Chapter in Velehrad, the Czech Republic on 5 – 6 June, 2015.The new national minister is Hana Brigita Reichsfeldova and Marie Magdalena Janackova was elected as international councillor.

“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

 

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2015 - 1                                         Year 22                                   no. 85

 

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CONFERENCE OF OFS GENERAL SPIRITUAL ASSISTANTS -- YOUFRA

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF THE FAMILY FOR THE OFS AND FOR THE GIFRA

 

Introduction

 

From October 5 to October 19, 2014, it was celebrated in Vatican the Extraordinary Synod about the family, in which the main theme was: The pastoral challenges on the family in the context of evangelization. In this Synod, the Church, with the pastoral guidance of Pope Francis, dedicated another moment of reflection and pastoral attention to the family, together with prayers.

The members of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS), as Saint Francis‘s sons and daughters, wish to satisfy the mission of the Church For the next six years, in fact, among the priorities of the OFS, it is rightly that about the family (cf.. Conclusions of the General Chapter OFS, Assisi 1 to 8 November 2014).

Giving voice to the OFS of the whole world, the four numbers of Koinonia of this year 2015 will focus their articles in the importance of the Family for the OFS and for the YouFra.

In this first number, Br Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap, will consider the theme of the family in the Magisterium of the Church, since the Second Vatican Council until today. In the second number, Br. Martin Bitzer, OFMConv, will consider the family in the Rule and General Constitutions of the OFS. The third number, edited by Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR, will be dedicated to the pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization. Finally, the fourth number, edited by José Antônio Duarte Cruz, OFM, will focus on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.