Fr. Michael Higgins, T.O.R. – Video – “The Nature of Spiritual Assistance in the Secular Franciscan Order”; Keynote Address at the Life-Giving Union – Discernment and Discussion conference, August 26-29, 2019
Fr. Higgins keynote addresses from our August, 2019 gathering are now available in video, enhanced with selected slides from his presentations. You can also view the entire PowerPoint presentation here Our Life-Giving Union – Discernment and Discussion – August 2019.
- Part 1 – Introduction to and Heart & Core of Spiritual Assistance (33.29 minutes)
- Part 2 – Heart & Core of Spiritual Assistance, cont. (33.29 minutes)
- Part 3 – Spiritual & Pastoral Assistance & Collegial Assistance (24.51 minutes)
- Part 4 Collegial Assistance, cont., & Duties of Spiritual & Pastoral Assistance (34.32 minutes)
CNSA USA members Fr. Christopher Panagoplos, T.O.R, and Fr. Jerome Wolbert, OFM, are in Rome this week (November 10 – 15, 2019), attending the Congress of National Spiritual Assistants to the OFS. Fr. Christopher arrived on Friday, November 8th, and enjoyed some fraternity time at the Motherhouse of the Third Order Regular, The Basilica of Saints Cosmos and Damian, (courtyard shown at left), situated in the Roman Forum. Fr. Joined T.O.R. Friars from the Philippines, Paraguay, Croatia and Brazil.
The congress, a gathering of National Spiritual Assistants to the OFS and YouFra from around the world, is being held at the Pontifical University of St. Bonaventure, commonly called the Seraphicum. The Seraphicum is the international study center of the Friars Minor Conventual in Rome.
Some of the topics and presenters at the Congress are:
- OFS History and Identity – Fr. Pedro Zitha, OFM, (General Spiritual Assistant)
- OFS Official Documents – Tibor Kauser, OFS, (OFS General Minister)
- OFS Spirituality – Fr. Amando Trujillio-Cano, T.O.R., (General Minister and General Spiritual Assistant) (The full text of his presentation is available here Franciscan Spirituality .
- Spiritual and Pastoral Assistant to the OFS-YouFra, and Formation Process in the OFS-YouFra – Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFM Cap. – (General Spiritual Assistant)
- Relevance of the Franciscan Charism for Today – Fr. Alfred Parambakathu, OFM Conv. – (General Spiritual Assistant)
Among those in attendance were some familiar faces. Tibor Kauser, our General Minister, pictured here with Fr. Alejandro Isare, T.O.R., from the Philippines, and our own Fr. Christopher, and Fr. Francis Dor, who was with us at Chapter in 2016 and 2018.
We look forward to our CNSA Friars sharing insights and inspirations from the Congress when they return, and wish them safe travels.
Our CNSA website pages are now online! We have moved content from the old web pages, as well as added new and expanded content, including documents and photos from the August, 2019 “Our Life-Giving Union – Discernment & Discussion” gathering in St. Louis. Please take a look, and check back often. New content will be added as available.
The Friars and staff of the Conference of National Spiritual Assistants