Minister’s Message

May 2018 Minister’s Message – National Fraternity Elective Chapter

With the June 13th deadline for making nominations fast approaching, Jan Parker’s newest Minister’s Message reviews the key elements involved in National Fraternity Elective Chapters (the next of which takes place this coming October). These include:

  • What are the essential aspects of a Chapter?
  • What is the significance of an Elective Chapter?
  • What positions are being elected?
  • What are the qualifications for servant leaders?
  • Who can make a nomination?

The full article is now available on the website. Here’s an excerpt:

CIOFS adds that an elective chapter, at any level, is celebrated to: (1) reflect together on the situation of the Fraternity, (2) decide what should be done for the life and mission of the Order, (3) invoke the help of the Holy Spirit so that He may purify the hearts, enlighten the minds and make those present docile to His motions at such an important time for the life of the Fraternity, and (4) choose and vote for the responsible people to guide and animate the Fraternity.


2018-05-30T20:49:14+00:00 May 30th, 2018|Categories: Minister’s Message|1 Comment

May 2018 Minister’s Message – Prepare for Pentecost!

Jan Parker has written a wonderful meditation to help us get ready for Pentecost and it’s now available on the website. Here’s an excerpt:

What happens when we pray, “Come, Holy Spirit?”  Nothing – unless our hearts are worthy to receive!  St Cyril of Jerusalem said, “Like a dry tree which puts forth shoots when watered, the soul bears the fruits of holiness when repentance has made it worthy of receiving the Holy Spirit.”  Yes, the Holy Spirit is necessary to produce the fruits, but repentance is necessary to receive the Holy Spirit!  What does this mean for Franciscans?  In a word – conversion!


2018-05-11T21:43:02+00:00 May 11th, 2018|Categories: Minister’s Message|2 Comments