On Sunday 5th May 2019, Anne Simmonds ofs of Bedford Fraternity, celebrated her 60th Profession at Poor Clare Monastery Arkley during Roberta Di Sarno’s profession. Anne was professed on 22nd February 1959 at the Fraternity meeting at Our Lady & St. Edward’s Church in Nottingham. The Papal Blessing was being arranged and it was presented to Anne by Father Jesmond Pawley OFM Conv. after he had Professed Roberta into the fraternity of Isleworth.
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)
At the foot of this post you will find the Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera, mentioned by Paula in her Advent greeting posted here earlier. The Letter was given by Pope Francis on 20 November, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. Misericordia et misera is a phrase used by Saint Augustine in recounting the story of Jesus’ meeting with the woman taken in adultery (cf. Jn 8:1-11).
Have you booked yet for the 2017 OFSGB National Assembly entitled “Upon This Rock: Rebuild My Church” which will be held in Gibraltar from Friday 21st April to Monday 24th April 2017. Those who book later may well have to pay more to the airline for a flight. This is a great opportunity to meet the successful and growing Gibraltar fraternity, the largest fraternity in OFSGB, numbering about sixty. Gibraltar fully supported the Youth Gather held at Cold Ash, and has already established a Young Franciscan Group.
Please note that Come and See is a brief introduction to the OFS that fraternities may print, fold and distribute in churches and at public meetings. It may also be given to visitors attending meetings for the first time.
Initial Formation: We hope that everyone has now had an opportunity to review and make use of the Initial Formation material for candidates that is introduced here.
Note that we have these pages on the website that members may use to update us all:
Anniversaries: Fraternities may notify us of members anniversaries by adding a comment to this “Anniversaries” post which can be easily accessed at any time, either in the near future, or many months hence, by going to the right hand sidebar of the website, scrolling down to the heading “Categories” and clicking on the category “Anniversaries”. Or notify us by an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Requiescant in Pace: This is a post that we may use to notify each other of the deaths of our members. Please do so by including your text as a comment to this post, which can also be easily accessed at any time, in this case by clicking on the category “Requiescant in Pace”.
Perfect Computer Joy: Members with technical computer issues may use this post. To find it click on the category “Website”.
We hope to introduce a similar “general” page entitled “Members Musings”, and another page “Reviews” where members can share the titles of books and articles that they have found interesting in their spiritual development. And not only Books and Articles. We could share Music, Cinema also. Would members like to have this facility?
And here follows the Apostolic Letter Misericordia et Misera:
We aim to acknowledge here members of the Secular Franciscan Order of Great Britain who have reached significant anniversaries of their profession. Certainly members who have been professed fifty and sixty years or more, and it may be good to include members who have been professed for twenty-five and forty years. Fraternities may notify us by adding a comment to this “Anniversaries” post which can be easily accessed at any time, either in the near future, or many months hence, by going to the right hand sidebar of the website, scrolling down to the heading “Categories” and clicking on the category “Anniversaries”. Or notify us by an email to email@example.com .
We will then add the same text to this page, or you may wish to provide an amended text for that page. An image would be good, and this can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org .
You may also wish to add a prayer here.
We begin today by acknowledging Michael Mortimer who reached the sixtieth anniversary of his profession a few days ago. So Congratulations, Michael! Another Michael, Michael Simmonds, has kindly marked the occasion by sending us this text. Praise the Lord for calling Michael with His grace and sustaining his faith through the years!
We have many other members who have passed twenty-five, forty, fifty and sixty years of profession, and perhaps we might begin to acknowledge them here retrospectively.
What are your views?