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 firstname.lastname@example.org
National Elective Chapter
Later today (Friday, 14th September) our National Elective Chapter will begin at the High Leigh Conference Centre in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire. The Chapter will last until Sunday afternoon, and a new National Executive will be elected by the delegates who will come from each region in the UK. Please pray for discernment so that the delegates choose wisely an executive to serve the order in this country for the period to 2021.
3rd European OFS and YouFra Congress
The 3rd European OFS and YouFra Congress took place in Kaunas, Lithuania between 20 to 26 August 2018. There was a substantial delegation from this country. I am told that it was an inspiring event, and I understand that a report will follow here shortly.
Southern Region: Wintershall
In August, Southern region held a celebration “Loving God’s Creation” at Wintershall, near Guildford, Surrey. The event was open to members from other regions, though none attended.
This is the summary of the day.
We have another opportunity to join the Southern region in November at the Park Place Pastoral Centre near Fareham, Hants for a weekend retreat “Be Still and Know”. 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. See the diary entry for the Park Place Pastoral Centre retreat here.
Other Upcoming Events
The autumn Arkley Day of Recollection on Sunday 7th October will be led by Fr Jesmond Pawley ofm Conv. These Arkley Days of Recollection are generally well supported by members from the London and the East Anglian regions. They are open to all, and so may well interest members from other regions: the South East and Southern regions in particular. It would also be convenient for members of the Oxford fraternity. If you are interested please do notify Ursula Mott: details on the flyer to be found at the above link.
The Franciscan Action Network have been active in the USA for some years. They are now considering a launch in the UK, and have convened a meeting on Thursday 25th October in Bishopsgate, London, at the very interesting St Ethelburga’s Church. This should be of interest to those active in Presence of the World / JPIC, and those wishing to become more active.
Requiescant in Pace
We have been told that on Thursday 16th August 2018 Celia Brigstocke, niece to John Bradburne, and secretary of the John Bradburne Memorial Society, passed away at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. She had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer a couple of months previously and after 72 hours of fighting she died with her family around her. She was the most caring mother of the three daughters, Tim, her husband has lost his best friend of fifty years and the seven grandchildren will miss their wonderful granny so much. The funeral was held on Monday 10th September 2018 at St Joseph Church, Milford, Surrey. Should any member or fraternity wish to make a donation to the work of the JBMS, please go here.
London Region: Maria Hilton & Kathleen Crowe
Both Maria Hilton (Stratford Fraternity), and Kathleen Crowe (Arkley Fraternity) have died recently. Maria’s funeral was held at St Francis, Stratford earlier this week, and the requiem for Kathleen is planned to take place at St Joseph’s Church, Highgate on Thursday 27th September. More details on both Maria and Kathleen will appear soon on our Requiescant in Pace page.
And Finally ….
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): “the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years”. The following action has been taken, and we believe that this website is now fully, or substantially, GDPR compliant. I understand that the new National Executive will appoint a Data Protection Officer, and that person will, no doubt, wish to review all this.
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Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure (HTTPS)
When transmitting data from our website, it is our responsibility to send it securely, or so James, our technical wizard, tells me. The site has always been https secure. However, James has implemented a code on the server to divert users to the https version on 99% of the site (we cannot control outside links to images etc). This should also help with SEO (especially Google) and site speed.
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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)