Latest Event Updates

Franciscan Peace amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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“Uncertainty of the coronavirus can play into our anxiety because it threatens our brain’s sense of security. Our sense of safety and the expectations of our safety, and our world is threatened. It’s important to guard against irrational thoughts. Society is so great at “catastrophizing” which is thinking the worst possible outcome will happen.”

“If you catch yourself falling into these fears, remember to keep up with the current information, but don’t overload. Look for balance, activities that spark joy instead of fear and keep washing your hands! As Franciscans we look to the peace of the Lord that was promised us! It is a gift that no one else can give to you. Peace is a gift before it becomes a task. Saint Bonaventure recalls, “At the beginning and end of every sermon Francis announced peace; in every greeting, he wished for peace.” Peace is not an idea. Peace is not a political movement, not a theory or a dogma. Peace is a way of life: living mindfully in the present moment.”

“So keep informed, keep yourself safe and above all keep praying and may the peace of the Lord that surpasses all understanding be yours. Pax et Bonum!”

Kelly Otero, OFS

Kelly Otero OFS, is Minister of St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity, DeBary, Florida, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

Minister’s Letter with Letter from Minister General – Coronavirus

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Click HERE to see the letter by Jan Parker OFS, our National Minister.

The letter from our General Minister, Tibor Kauser OFS, is available in English and Spanish.

Nominations are Open for the CIOFS Presidency Council

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CIOFS is preparing for the General Elective Chapter in November 2020 and current is accepting nominations for the CIOFS Presidency Council. Nominations need to be made through the National Minister. The deadline to submit to the Secretariat is March 15, 2020. The NEC would appreciate receiving nominations by March 10, 2020 so there is time to review and complete the profiles.

Before nominating a person, please consider the information attached HERE.

If you have a nomination you’d like to make, please contact your Fraternity Minister by March 10th, so your nomination can be sent in using the proper email addresses. (Local Fraternity Ministers, check your email because the proper email addresses for submitting nominations were sent to you via email by the Regional Secretary on February 28th.)

Exclusive Preview Screening

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There will be an exclusive preview screening of the film, PFAS Film Documentary: “No Defense, The U.S. Military’s War On Water” at 7PM on February 19, 2020, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The screening will be at the Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street in Ann Arbor. Complimentary tickets can be reserved HERE.

Secular Franciscan Seminars

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Both St. Francis University and St. Bonaventure University have finalized their programs for this summer. There is one seminar at each one specifically for Secular Franciscans. There are some additional online seminars from St. Bonaventure University.

See more information about them HERE.

A Study Guide for Laudato Si

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A study guide for Laudato Si has been added to this website. To see it, go HERE. To read the letter from Tibor Kauser OFS about this study guide, click HERE.

There is also a video series for Laudato Si by Fr. Dan Horan OFM on this site. To see it, go HERE.

Progress Report from our General Minister about the Well4Africa Project

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From Tibor Kauser OFS, Our General Minister

“One and a half years have passed since the 3rd European OFS and YouFra Congress, which took place in Lithuania 20-26 of August, 2018. As a special fruit of the Congress a particular social initiative was born called “Well4Africa.” Since the lack of potable water in Africa is one of the major challenges for this continent, the participants of the Congress have decided to launch this project to help our sisters and brothers in Africa have wells in their neighborhood…”

Continue reading HERE and HERE.