[This is an excerpt of an article that originally appeared in the Winter 2019 Issue 99 of the TAU-USA. Also – Resources – Meeting Documents and Proceedings – 2019 National Chapter – State of Order Address OFS-USA 10-16-19 ]
National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order – USA
By JAN PARKER, OFS, & MARY BITTNER, OFS
In consultation with the National Executive Council
OUR HISTORY FORMS A TRAJECTORY
Let’s look back at our history from the time of the new Rule until today. Reflecting on our history can help us understand where we’re going in light of where we’ve been.
It reflects and shows us how God is working in this renewal – the renewal that’s been happening from the time of the new Rule.
1968 -1978 The development of the Pauline Rule
1972 – The Santa Clara Statement issued from the Lay Franciscan Congress (the Q)
2000 – The Constitutions
2002 – 2008 CIOFS “For the Formators”
2012 Q – Be the bridge
2014 – National Retreat – Signs of the times / Pope Francis – Br. Bill Short
2014 CIOFS Management of the Order, which asked “What would it take for our Order to fully develop?”
2016 Q – Revive
2017 CIOFS – Management of the Order Terms of Reference / General Chapter
2017 – Youth Visioning
2018 – Formation Visioning
2019 – Life Giving Union Event
2019 – JPIC Visioning
Each of these events have had a profound impact on our Order. Seeing where we are now, we can look back, and we can understand how all of this is part of a grand trajectory.
THE HOLY SPIRIT CONTINUES TO MOVE
The Holy Spirit continues to move us on a trajectory of renewal.
We see this in the initiatives, activities and achievements of this past year.
These have been reported to you in detail by the various Commissions, Committees and those individuals appointed for a particular service, but they bear mentioning here.
Many of the individuals responsible for this wonderful work are present this week at our Chapter.
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