News from the NEC

Results of the General Chapter (CIOFS) – Conclusive Documents

(This article originally appeared in the April, 2018 issue of News from the NEC)

Early in 2014 the International Council of the OFS (CIOFS) asked all National fraternities to consider “how should an Order like the OFS be managed at all its levels?” As part of a process of reflection, and in preparation for the 2017 General Chapter we studied various proposals set forth in the Instrumentum Laboris and submitted our responses.

This great undertaking has borne fruit. Our leadership at the XV General Chapter approved specific projects for each area of priority – Formation, Fraternal Life, Building a More Fraternal and Evangelical World (JPIC), Leadership, Communications and Finance. Each project has specific goals, and a timeframe. Budgets will soon be developed. The impact of these projects will be significant.

The Conclusive Documents of the General Chapter describe each project in detail. Additionally, these documents include the Minister General’s accompanying letter and the CIOFS Report on the State of the Order. Please read and share these important documents which can be found on this page on our new website.

2017 General Chapter Conclusions:

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From Tibor’s letter, “These documents are the ones that the International Fraternity intends to use as a basis of our work during the next three years. Therefore, it is very important, that each and every sister and brother…has the opportunity to study them. Also, I invite all the councils on each level to study and work on these documents, so that the intentions and decisions of the General Chapter can be implemented.” (Emphasis added.) The NEC agrees that these innovative projects will help to strengthen and renew life in the fraternities on the various levels. Moreover, they will help our Order to meet the expectations of our Church, to “be a great service in the cause of the Kingdom of God in our world today…a model of organic, structural and charismatic unity.” (Message of the Holy Father St. John Paul II to the Secular Franciscan Order, November 2002)

2018-05-28T20:36:32+00:00 May 28th, 2018|Categories: News from the NEC|0 Comments

Save the Dates – 2018 National Fraternity Chapter

(This article originally appeared in the April, 2018 issue of News from the NEC)

Our 2018 National Fraternity Chapter (NAFRA 2018) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the St. Louis Airport Renaissance (home of the 2016 Q). Chapter begins with dinner on Tuesday, October 9th and ends on Sunday morning, October 14th.

New regional ministers are invited to arrive early on Tuesday in order to attend a mid-afternoon Orientation Meeting.

2018-05-09T08:27:20+00:00 May 9th, 2018|Categories: National Chapter, News from the NEC|0 Comments

New Resource: Vocations Tool Kit

(This article originally appeared in the April, 2018 issue of News from the NEC)

From Jane DeRose-Bamman and the Vocations Committee:

Our Vocations Tool Kit is now available on our website. The tool kit includes an introductory document, prayer cards, Come and See session outline, customizable promotional brochure with amazing graphics, a “Come and See” PowerPoint presentation including talking points, some testimonial questions, and more! Most of the documents are available in English, Spanish and Korean. Feel free to customize for your situation. Consider trying something new from the tool kit, but remember that our most effective promotional tool is living our vocations daily, i.e. there is no vacation from your vocation.

The Vocations Tool Kit can be found on the
Guidelines, Forms & Other Resources page.

2018-05-03T20:19:53+00:00 May 3rd, 2018|Categories: New Resource, News from the NEC|2 Comments