Acta Ordinis Fratrum Minorum - OFM

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Acta Ordinis Fratrum Minorum - OFM

258 AN. CXXIX – MAII-AUGUSTI 2010 – N. 2Since the beginning of our service here inRome, we have been preparing these Congressestogether with the Executive Committeefor Formation and Studies. This workhas been based on the themes and suggestedparticipants that come from the General Chapter,which were subsequently approved by theMinister General and Definitorium.The first Continental Congress for Formationwill take place in Asia for our two conferencesthere: the East Asia Conference and ofthe Conference of South Asia, Australia andOceania. God willing, it will be held September12-19, 2010, in Manila, Philippines.In the convocation letter sent by the MinisterGeneral two friars from each Entity areinvited to attend: the director of the simplyprofessed and a friar involved in either thePastoral Care of Vocations or the Postulancy.The themes for the Congress are those indicatedin the Chapter mandates:a. Evaluate the awareness and implementationof the Ratio Formationis Francescanaein the stages of Simple Profession, PastoralCare of Vocations and the Postulancy.b. Franciscan formation in the evangelicalcounsels.c. Franciscan formation in sacramental life.d. The accompaniment of those who undertakepriestly ministry.The accompanying program proposes apractical methodology of sharing and participation.It will begin with the questionnaire thatis to be sent to all participants, which will be afirst look at how the RFF is being implementedin the formation process in Asia. At the Congresswe will start our work with this look atthe reality of formation in Asia, and then reflecton how to do formation in the evangelicalcounsels and in sacramental life, and how tomake use of accompaniment as a tool for formation.Based on all of this work the Congresswill offer concrete proposals regarding theseissues for use in our formation work.The results of the Continental Congresseswill serve as the content for an InternationalCongress for the Order, to which all of the provincialSecretaries of Formation and Studieswill be invited. They will be asked to evaluatein a fraternal way the conclusions of each ContinentalCongress in order to prepare guidelinesfor future formation work in the Order.Dear brother Provincials and Custodes, weare sure that you will do your best to facilitatethe participation of the indicated Friars fromyour Entity in this Congress. We are also surethat the formators will participate actively inthe preparation, celebration and implementationof the Continental Congress for Asia.Because “we are called to liberty” wewould like to constantly “start afresh from theGospel,” as Saint Francis invited the Friars todo. Formation is an ongoing challenge that allof us should respond to in the present. Thiswill help us to promote the renewal of the Orderfor tomorrow while faithfully embracingthe following of Christ. Saint Francis is withus, and opens the road for us.Fraternally,Fr. Vidal Rodríguez López ofmGeneral Secretary for Formation and StudiesProt. 100970 (098/10)2. Visite ed Incontri1. Istituto di Studi Ecumenici “S. Bernardino”di VeneziaIl 1-2 di febbraio, assieme a Fr. VincenzoBattaglia ofm, Decano della Facoltà di Teologiadella Pontificia Università Antonianum,il Segretario generale per la Formazione e gliStudi, Fr. Vidal Rodríguez López ofm, ha fattovisita all’Istituto di Studi Ecumenici “S. Bernardino”di Venezia, incorporato alla suddettaUniversità.Siamo stati ospitati nel Convento di S. Francescodella Vigna, sempre a Venezia, quindi èstato possibile conoscere anche la Fraternitàche ospita gli studenti dell’Istituto. Abbiamoanche visitato gli spazi rinnovati dell’Istituto,le aule e la magnifica biblioteca.È da segnalare positivamente, lo sforzofatto da parte dalla Provincia Veneta nel sistemarela sede dell’Istituto, nei locali dell’anticaCuria Provinciale. In particolare, la sistemazione– curata, sicura, moderna e pratica deglispazi – della Biblioteca dell’Istituto, facilitandosia la conservazione dei depositi sia la consultazionedi questi da parte degli studenti ericercatori. La Provincia sostiene le spese nonsolo accademiche ma anche gran parte dellespese di vitto e alloggio degli studenti, il chedice positivamente del suo impegno nel campoecumenico.Abbiamo avuto due incontri significativi.Nel pomeriggio del lunedì con il Preside, Fr.Roberto Giraldo ofm. Con lui abbiamo par-

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