Message to the European Congress of the Secular Franciscan Order and the Youfra
The theme of the Congress of the Secular Franciscan Order and Youfra, “Live a life worthy of the calling you have received!” (Ephesians 4:1), calls to us in the midst of our thanksgiving during the Year of Consecrated Life. During 2015, the entire Church is contemplating its richness, granted by God through the great founders of the religious orders, like Saint Francis of Assisi, and through his Order. Your presence here is therefore precious as it provides a witness that the Franciscan way of life is not only a narrow pathway for those called to religious life, but also for those willing to follow the spirituality of St. Francis in the world, a spirituality characterized by prayer and loving fraternity. Like the Poverello, his followers continue to express their love of God and of people, and recognize the calling of the Holy Spirit in their lives. Therefore, I encourage you during these days to study and deepen your awareness of how St. Francis of Assisi experienced faith, love and prayer, and identify yourself with him and his spirituality. In this way, you will be able to recognize what is to be accomplished by simply imitating him, and what is to be reconsidered. This is the way in which you will be able to answer the call of the apostle: Live a life worthy of the calling you have received! (Eph. 4:1)
MESSAGE TO ALL THE BROTHERS AND SISTERS
OF THE SECULAR FRANCISCAN ORDER (OFS)
AND FRANCISCAN YOUTH (YOUFRA) OF EUROPE
“Live in a manner worthy of the call you have received” (Eph 4: 1)
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
May the Lord give you peace!
Three years after the first Congress, approximately 100 Secular Franciscan and members of Franciscan Youth (YouFra), together with their Spiritual Assistants, coming from 22 Europeans countries, gathered for the 2nd European Congress of the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) and YouFra, held in Mostar (Bosnia and Herzegovina) from August 17th to 23rd 2015.
With celebration of holy mass in church of Saint Peter and Paul in Mostar on 23rd of August finished 2nd European OFS and YouFra Congress. Holy Mass was celebrated by fr Miljenko Šteko, provincial of Herzegovinian Franciscan Province.
All pictures from Congress can be downloaded from the following link:
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.