|Participants at 15th OFS General Chapter|
|Card. P. Parolin presideing over the openning Mass|
“The target to aim at is a deep attachment to Christ!” were keys words of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican Secretary of State, as he presided over the opening Mass. In his homily, he also said: “it is necessary to have it deep in our conscience that we cannot be ‘begetters’ in the faith if we have not first been ‘begotten’ in the faith ourselves”.
The General Ministers of the First Order all came in turns to celebrate the communion of the Franciscan family, each of them presiding over the Eucharist in one of the days with a particular message for the Participants.
|The Holy Father, Pope Francis welcomes|
Ministers General of the First Order and TOR
|Br. Mauro Jöhri presiding over Holy Mass|
|Car. P. Parolin, General Sp. Assistants and Rector of the Seraphicum|
|Dr. Michel Versteegh OFS.|
|Minister general of the First Order and |
Tibor Kauser, Minister general OFS.
40 Years of the Rule: The OFS General Minister, Tibor Kauser, announced the indiction of a Jubilee year (24th June 2018 – 24th June 2018) to commemorate 40 years of the OFS Rule approved by Pope Paul VI of Blessed memory on 24th June 1978 by the apostolic letter Seraphicus Patriarcha. It is expected to be a year of grace for the entire OFS the world over. He gave enlarged authenticated copies of the Rule to all the Capitulars. In the middle of the week, the participants made a trip to Subiaco at the Monasteries of St. Benedict and St. Scholastica on the footprints of st. Francis, where he once spent some time. Two round-tables were also held either to consider concrete examples of living the OFS Rule in the world or themes related to the management of the Order. The biographies of two Blesseds who belonged to the OFS were particularly edifying to the capitulars: Lucien Botovasoa (Madagascar) and Frans Jägerstätter (Austria) as well and the explanation of the process of postulation of Saints. Fraternal evenings were also an important part of the chapter experience, when cultural diversity was celebrated with merry and gifts from different cultural sources were exchanged. In the last session, the capitulars approved resolutions coming from the work of the past days as well as the budget for the next three years.