XIVth General Chapter of the OFS opened!!
The General Minister of the OFS (Secular Franciscan Order), Encarnita del Pozo, has officially opened the XIVth General Chapter of the OFS (its sixth elective Chapter), taking place in Assisi, Italy, until November 8.
The 85 voting members of the Chapter will discuss these coming days important aspects of the life of the Secular Franciscan Order and take decisions about its future. They will also elect the new leadership team of the OFS for the next six years.
Before the official opening of the Chapter, all 170 participants -- voting members, observers and technical staff -- celebrated the opening Eucharist in the lower Church near the tomb of Saint Francis. The Bishop of Assisi, Nocera-Umbra and Gualdo Tadino, Mgr. Domenico Sorrentino presided over the Eucharist, inviting all secular Franciscans to live their faith in the spirit of the Beatitudes.
At the end of the Eucharist, Encarnita del Pozo has consecrated the Secular Franciscan Order to the Virgin Mary by reading aloud a moving prayer, following the example of Saint Francis.
The Chapter, moments before its official opening, welcomed its 70th fully recognized National Fraternity: Cameroon, as full member of the International Fraternity. Apart from these 70 recognized National Fraternities, the OFS is present or emerging in more than 46 nations worldwide.
Assisi, November 1, 2014
XIV General and VI Elective Chapter OFS
1-9 November 2014, Assisi, Domus Pacis