Fraternitas: What happens at the General Chapter?
Br William: That is a good question, especially as many Friars never had the experience of participating in a General Chapter. It lasts almost a month [10th of May – 7th of June] and each week has its own specific character. Continue reading
The VIII Chapter of our Rule of life reminds us: “Let all the brothers be bound to have one of the brothers of this Order as General Minister and servant of the whole fraternity and let them be strictly bound to obey them” (Rb VIII, 1). Thomas of Celano, later recalled how, for St. Francis, it was “a constant desire and careful attention to maintain the link of unity among children in such a way that they who were attracted by the same spirit and generated by the same father would live in agreement in the womb of one mother alone” (2Cel). Continue reading
In the Letter of Convocation of the Chapter, the Minister General has recalls the importance of the participation and cooperation of the whole Order, through prayer, in the success of the 2015 General Chapter: “I warmly invite each Brother of the Order to pray intensely, to think wisely and prepare responsibly for this key event in our life and mission.” Continue reading