At 12.50 today, in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the participants in the 85th General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, currently underway in Rome at the “San Lorenzo da Brindisi” International College, from 27 August to 16 September 2018. The Pope gave an unscripted address to those present.
Three days ago, September 3, the General Chapter elected the General Minister of the Order in the person of Br. Roberto Genuin. According to the schedule, today was the day to elect his Council, made up of representatives of the various geographical areas. As our Constitutions state, “the responsibility of the councilors is to assist the general minister in the governance of the whole order.” (125, 7)n.
The General Chapter of the Capuchin friars elected as General Minister of the Order Br. Roberto Genuin from the Province of Venice.ichoacán.
"And the Lord gave me brothers ..." This expression of Francis of Assisi, today reflects very well the experience of beginning the postulancy with the seven young people from different parts of the republic who have decided to say yes to God, after a year of discernment vocational; and that they have been welcomed with joy in the fraternity of La Piedad, Michoacán.
Today, August 11, the feast of St. Clare of Assisi, the City of Irapuato has been the meeting place to carry out the priestly ordination of Brother Néstor Wer, by laying on of hands of Monsignor Enrique Díaz Díaz, bishop of the diocese.
On August 11, we celebrated Santa Clara de Asís, who, in the bosom of a noble family, was born in 1913. In the spring of 1211, moved by the Spirit and enlightened by the preaching of Francis, he left everything to follow Jesus. On Palm Sunday, under cover of the night, Clara escaped from her father's house and went to Santa María de la Porciúncula, where Francisco received her and consecrated her to the Lord. Shortly after it was established in the convent of San Damiano, restored by Francisco.
As every year, the Capuchin Minor Friars of the different fraternity of the Custody of Mexico and Texas, we have gathered together to carry out our Annual Spiritual Exercises.
The next year will be the 400th anniversary of the death of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, and the General Minister Brother Mauro Jöhri summoned all the brothers of the order on July 24th: that from July 21, 2018 to 21 July 2019 is celebrated a year in his honor and therefore, he has written the letter of convocation.
The celebration of the 85th General Chapter draws near. In the days leading up to this event, let us be united in prayer, aware that 'unless the LORD builds the house, they who build it labor in vain.' (Psalm 127)
The Fraternity of the Postulancy, in La Piedad, Michoacán; it has been the meeting place for young people from different parts of the country to come together to give an answer to God, after a year of accompaniment and vocational discernment.