Thursday, August 28, 2014

Conference Meeting of All Franciscan Major Superiors on 29th August 2014, Goa


 The provincials of the Franciscan families listen to the opening talk



·      Began with a hymn and prayer by Br. Babu, executive secretary
·      Lightning of the traditional Indian Lamp by the dignitaries
·      Welcome by Br. Dolphy, president of Conference
·      Welcome by Br. Dinesh, provincial minister of Goa
·      Br. Michael read out emails written by International spiritual assistant regarding Albert Francis, National Minister of India.
·      Dues to be paid to Rome is about 9000 Euros
·      What is the role, responsibility and relationship of the conference with National OFS?
·      Some directives are needed from the conference of the general ministers
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     Dr. Jerry Joseph, National Formator to OFS for 10 months. He spoke about the need of more formation of OFS. He is professionally a doctor working for Palliative department in a hospital. He also does a lot of social work and visiting poor people who are sick.
·      Many are not aware of the rule, constitutions, Bible and spirituality of OFS
·      Forming the formator is to be organized
·      As Christians, Catholics and Franciscans, what are we presenting to them….need to discover Gospel as first form of Formation
·      18,000 members most of them are seniors
·      time bound formation and not knowledge bound formation
·      National spiritual assistants need to study the rule and constitutions of OFS
·      Regular participation in formation of OFS by the national and International spiritual assistant
·      Present Francis what he is and not what I want him to be
·      Formation of the formators should take place every six month which is practice, faith bound.
·      Group discussion on the talk delivered by Jerry Joseph
·      The formation of the spiritual assistants in India. 
 Group discussion on the talk of Dr. Jerry on the theme of Formation
 The provincials listening to one another


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