Please see first, and above all, Paula’s post yesterday: “Launch of the new Website”. Then read on:
NOTE: that all words that appear below in red are “clickable links” that take us directly to the relevant page of the website.
The nine principal pages are complete: see Home, Spirituality, Join Us, OFSGB, Formation, Mission, Youth, Prayer and Places. They are complete for now, but they will, no doubt, change over time.
Under these banner headings you will find many pages that have headings, but, as yet, no text. These pages will be completed as we go along. The site is unlikely to come to maturity for six months, or even longer. Return often to the site. Share in it’s development.
The Other “Banner” headings are: Updates and Gallery.
Updates : our “Blog” posts will appear here.
Subscribe: we hope that you will subscribe to receive notification of the posts by EMail (via the Sidebar: Subscribe via Email). It would be good if members of regional and fraternity councils could encourage other members to subscribe, and would mention the subscription facility to any new visitors that appear at meetings.
Comments: are welcomed from members on these posts: see, for example, the posts “Launch of new Website” and “Migrants and Refugees” both of which have several comments.
Categories (see Sidebar): Posts are “filed” by Category. If you wish to see all posts in a certain category please click on the title of the Category. Posts are also “Tagged” which enables them to be “picked up” more readily by internet search engines such as Google.
Archives (see Sidebar): Posts are also “filed” by Month. If you wish to see all posts in a certain month please click on the relevant month.
Gallery: we have made a start and uploaded some albums. Others will follow. Some initial photos have been added to a “Scotland” album. It would be good to develop an album for each region. We also have a Flickr account for albums (but nothing has been added to this yet).
Images may also appear in the “Home Page Slider”. Eventually we might have up to thirty or even forty images here. If you wish to view the Home Page Slider images conveniently in one place, please go to the Sidebar – from any principal page, scroll down to Categories and click on “Home Page Images”
The Prayer Requests facility: is fully functioning. It can be accessed from the Sidebar or from [Prayer / Prayer Requests]. Please also “click” to indicate that you are praying for the various other prayer requests that others have made.
Diary [ofsgb / Diary]: is working and regional diary entries are beginning to be posted.
Please see the notes that appear at the top of the diary page: “Hover” your mouse (or other pointing device) over an event to quickly see a summary of the event. For full details click on the event and you will be taken to a detailed event page (which may, in some cases, include a pdf document). You will find an alternative view of all events in date order by clicking “here” in the Diary page.
Using pdf’s: for example at Newsletters [ofsgb / Regions] , and at [Formation / Initial Formation / Enquirer]. You may read the pdf’s as displayed, using the scroll bar to the right hand side to scroll down the pages. Hover your pointing devise over the top right hand side of the pdf and two things will appear: a “Zoom In” to enable you to enlarge the type for easier reading; and a “Pop Out” which displays the pdf full size in another window.
New Newsletters: please send copies of new newsletters to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be included on this website. We already have a good archive of newsletters which will be uploaded very soon.
Regional Information: would the regional website contacts please help us to keep up to date the regional information at [Join Us, Regions and Contacts] and at [ofsgb, Regions, London etc].
Formation: The Enquiry stage material has been included at [Formation / Initial Formation / Enquirer]. Further material will be added as it becomes available.
Mission: is our Presence in the World (JPIC) area.
Youth: a report will follow very soon from the OFSGB team who were at the 2nd European OFS-YouFra Congress in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina from 17th to 23rd August 2015. Some images from this event can be seen at [Gallery / Mostar 2015]. More images will be added.
Really Useful Links [Spirituality / Really Useful Links]: This page will include many Useful Franciscan links. It will (Deo Volente) be updated frequently. If you have links you think should be included here please send them to email@example.com.
Professions [ofsgb / The National Council / Professions]: Regular listings of newly professed members will appear here. Would fraternities please send information to your Regional Secretary, so that this may be passed on to the National Secretary, and so to the website.
Candidates [ofsgb / The National Council / Candidates]: Regular listings of our candidates will appear here. Would fraternities please send information to your Regional Secretary, so that this may be passed on to the National Secretary, and so to the website.
Requiescant in Pace [Prayer / Requiescant in Pace] : Here we acknowledge those members of the Secular Franciscan Order of Great Britain who have gone to their eternal reward. Would fraternities please send information to your Regional Secretary, so that this may be passed on to the National Secretary, and so to the website. Simple information is fine, but brief “obituary” style details would be good.
Type Size: you may adjust the size of the type on this site: see the three capital A’s at the top of the Sidebar.
Technology: The site has been optimised for use on desktop computers, laptops, tablets and smartphones, and will be ongoingly optimised for internet search engines.
Feedback: Let us know what you think! Send me a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, or get in touch with the website contact for your region. With your help and feedback we will keep working on improvements, on ways to make this site even better for us all.
May this website, as Paula says, “become a life-giving resource, faithful to the Franciscan spirit”, celebrating contemporary Franciscan life. May it be an effective working tool for us as we seek to bring our Franciscan spirit into every situation we face and witness. And may you all have a Blessed Feast of the Stigmata of St Francis.