Our Paula in Rome

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The image shows Paula at the Chapter in Rome with delegates from France and Ireland. Paula writes this morning (Tuesday): “Really inspiring talk yesterday, lots to bring home to you. We are all included here as we talk and share our ofs life, wish others could be here too P e b”

The CIOFS website (it’s still up!) has details of the opening Mass presided over by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, and details of the opening addresses. Here is a link to the Chapter Flickr photo feed. There are a great many photos there already.

I have posted other photos from Paula in the members only National Fraternity OFSGB facebook page. We hope to present some coverage on our national Twitter page, and possibly our as yet very under utilised Instagram account. Will the Instagrammers among you please come to our aid!

The CIOFS facebook page has regular updates, and had a live video feed on Sunday and Monday. Presumably they will continue with this live feed for those who want to follow the Chapter in real time

Here is the “Definitive Programme”, copied from the CIOFS website:
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Today the Chapter reflects on “Instrumentum Laboris” subtitled: “How should an Order like the Secular Franciscan Order (OFS) be managed at all its levels?” During the 2014 General Chapter, capitulars reflected on this theme and were encouraged to lead a reflection within their respective national fraternities with all professed brothers and sisters during the three years 2014 to 2017. Paula received the results of these reflections from many of us, and so Paula is able to present our views to Chapter: on the strengths, weaknesses and priorities of our national fraternity, as well as the strengths and challenges in the management of the OFS at the international level.

Finally, here you have a photo of Attilio Galimberti, our Presidency councillor. Hard at work on our behalf?
 
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Living in Faith in Daily Life: a Pantasaph Retreat led by Paula Pearce

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Paula Pearce, our National Minister, led a retreat entitled “Living in Faith in Daily Life” at the Pantasaph Retreat Centre, Holywell, North Wales, from 1–3 September 2017. Thanks to Chris Whittam, of our Cambridge fraternity (East Anglian region), we have this report of the retreat.

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National Minister: For the Feast of St Francis

MEA CULPA! Paula asked me to post this on 29th September but I overlooked it! Apologies to all.

Here is a link to the General Audience of Pope John Paul II that Paula mentions in her text.

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From Paula Pearce, our National Minister: Some Thoughts for the Feast of St Francis

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