This is an end of term letter from Paula Pearce, our outgoing National Minister:
National Elective Chapter 2018
The new executive council team taking the air after the election, and preparing for action …..
Front row (left to right): Fr Donal, Theresa, Betsy, Christine, Kathy, Dorothy, Fr John, Fr Jesmond.
Back row (left to right): Dianne, Michael, Terry.
Results of the Elective Chapter held last weekend: Minister: Betsy Hart (Southern Region), Vice Minister: Kathy Maskens (South East Region), Secretary: Dianne Fisher (London Region: Gibraltar), Treasurer: Michael Martin (Midland Region), Formation: Terry Mortimer (Midland Region), JPIC: Dorothy Harte (North West Region), Youth: Christine Frendo (London Region: Gibraltar), Communication: Theresa Caddy (North West Region).
And the 100 Club
The 2018 draw took place at the National Executive Council meeting held on 21st July. Four prizes of £50 each went to Oxford Fraternity, Blackpool Fraternity, Theresa Caddy (York), and ‘San Damiano’ fraternity (Inverness).
For the 2019 draw, entries will be accepted to the end of June 2019. The draw will take place in the 3rd or 4th quarter 2019. We are continuing a drive to restore the previous levels of participation.
For full details of the 100 Club click here
If regions would send us information about their activities and events they can be included in a monthly “Around the Regions” post. Please contact email@example.com
Southern region are inviting members of other regions to two events (see pdf’s below): a celebration “Loving God’s Creation” to be held at Wintershall, near Guildford, Surrey on 11th August. The day will be led by Dr Martin and Rev Margot Hodson. Martin Hodson is a plant scientist and environmental biologist. He is Principal Tutor of Christian Rural and Environmental Studies and has written numerous books, including several with his wife Margot (an Anglican Rector), for example `Cherishing the Earth` and `A Christian Guide to Environmental Issues.` For more information about them see their website.
Then, in November, the Ladywell fraternity is inviting members of other Franciscan fraternities and ALL those with a `Franciscan heart` to join them at Park Place Pastoral Centre near Fareham, Hants for a weekend retreat “Be Still and Know”.
Remembering that the South Wales and South West weekend event in Cardiff in 2016 on the theme of “The Holy Year of Mercy and our Franciscan Response” was attended by members from six of our nine regions, and by members of TSSF, it is hoped that we may again have a good response from our regions.
Events such as these offer valuable opportunities for affirming, supporting and encouraging one another on our Franciscan journey, for an enriching inter-regional fraternal exchange of views and for exploring the Franciscan way forward in unity and friendship. They can be inspirational.
East Anglian Region
Our brother, Donald Jones, who has been a loyal, joyful, happy member of Bedford Gospel-to-Life fraternity for over 40 years, died peacefully on 3rd July , having been attended by Canon John Koenig from St. Edwards, Kettering.
His funeral will take place at St. Edwards Church, 2 the Grove, Kettering, NN15 7QQ on WEDNESDAY 25TH JULY 2018.
Gibraltar: Anthem for the Third OFS – Youfra Congress in Kaunus, Lithuania.
Congratulations to Victor Francis and the Gibraltar fraternity. As some of you will know they have won the competition for the composition of the Anthem for the upcoming OFS – Youfra Congress in Lithuania from 20th to 26th August. Victor’s piece is called “Rivers of Living Water” and you can hear it here.
And Finally ….
The National Council photographed last month (June) at the new National Seat at Arkley….
Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule, A Treasure for the OFS
We are celebrating the 40th anniversary of our Rule!
Here you will find a letter from our Minister General Tibor Kauser, regarding the anniversary. Paula Pearce says: “It may be useful when your fraternities spend some time getting to know the Rule better during the jubilee year.”
And here is Tibor in video.
This is a letter (24th June 2018) of the Secretary of State of His Holiness, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, with a message of His Holiness Pope Francis, sent on occasion of the 40th anniversary of the approval of the Rule.
Paula comments: I think everyone should know about this – it is not the best translated so I am including the other language versions: Italian, French, Spanish.
Here follows a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule, A Treasure for the OFS”. CIOFS writes: “CIOFS is excited to send you a special gift to help you celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rule. We have prepared a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule, A Treasure for the OFS” which provides an historical perspective on the rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary. Please send this video link to all your national, regional and local fraternities and members. View the video and celebrate the rule together. Take some time to discuss and contemplate its message. View the video again, even while in prayer and contemplation. Celebrate this great treasure in your hearts and carry it with you throughout the day. Let us celebrate the rule, dear brothers and sisters!”
Here it is on our very own OFSGB You Tube channel (are you using our very own OFSGB YouTube channel?, do you have suggestions for videos we can add to it?), and here is the same video on CIOFS Video.
The CIOFS Formation Commission has also been at work and has “prepared small dossiers for a reflection in preparation of the 40th anniversary of our Rule. The dossiers will be proposed every week with the recommendation to share them with all OFS members of your country via whatsapp”
I have not yet seen any “dossiers” but here are a poster and eight cards, collectively entitled “The Challenge”:
W1 Do I love the Lord? (Mark 12.30)(Rule: Article 4)
W2 Do I love my neighbours? (Matthew 22.39)(Rule: Article 5)
W3 Do I avoid sin? (John 18.41)(Rule: Article 12)
W4 Do I do penance? (John 18.41)(Rule: Article 7)
W5 Do I receive the Body and Blood of Jesus? (Rule: Article 5)
W6 Do I follow Christ in the footsteps of Francis? (Rule: Article 4)
W7 Do I strive for perfect charity? (Rule: Article 2)
W8 Do I live the Gospel? (Rule: Article 4)