Latest Event Updates

A New Name for the National Fraternity

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The National Fraternity is changing its name to OFS-USA. You will still see NAFRA used on older items, but now you will also see OFS-USA used. For more information on the name change, click HERE.

History of the Rule Presentation

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The presentation on the history of the Rule, that was given on Formation Day, is now uploaded in pdf format. To see it click HERE.

Registration Form for Day of Formation 2018

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The registration form for our Day of Formation in October has been sent out to each Local Fraternity Minister by email. There is an extra copy HERE in case one is needed.

National Chapter of Elections 2018

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National Elections were held at the Annual Meeting in October. The members of the new National Council are:

National Minister: Jan Parker OFS
National Vice Minister: Mary Bittner OFS
National Secretary: Jane DeRose-Bamman OFS
National Treasurer: Claudia Kauzlarich OFS
International Councilor: Awilda Guadalupe OFS
National Councilor: Josh Molidor OFS
National Councilor: Dennis Ross OFS
National Councilor: Donna Hollis OFS

Regional Chapter of Elections 2018

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Regional elections were held at the Annual Regional Meeting in August. The new members of our Regional Council are:

Minister: Jim Graczyk OFS
Vice Minister: Mike Carsten OFS
Secretary: Theresa Brown OFS
Treasurer: Mike Okragleski OFS
Councilor: Kathleen Carsten OFS
Councilor: Dawn Pulcer OFS
Councilor: Kevin Wahr OFS
Councilor: Jan Kaeding OFS

Servant Leadership and Ecumenism

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The attached article is a reprint of an article from the Summer 2018 Ecumenical/Interfaith Committee Network Newsletter. The author is David Seitz OFS, our Regional Minister. (Reprinted with permission.)

To read the article, click HERE.

The Ecumenical/Interfaith Network (OFS-USA-EIC) was formed in 1997 by the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. Its mission is “to educate and to raise the awareness of our Franciscan sisters and brothers in the United States to the ecumenical and interfaith movements in the Church. Paying particular attention to strengthening our collaboration with non-Eastern and Latin Rite Catholic secular Franciscans through our participation in the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity.” (Quoted from the OFS-USA-EIC website.)

To visit the website of the Ecumenical/Interfaith Committee, click HERE.