Br. general Minister welcomed all the provincials…he then delivered a keynote address.
To know each other and the General council would like to know
For us also to know you….not only our area councilors but also the other councilors of the order
The different personnel of the general curia
The scope of formation…to approach the challenges, the different situations that you will encounter in your animation….to deepen your own experience to animate the provinces…not only to take decision….the role of a pastor…..not only to open the road but to follow…..deepen the role of our service…..to pray together every day…he spoke about the Orders growth and decline….the numbers are going down in Europe because the society is changing….
In Asia and Africa the order is encountering many challenges…. The friars are encountering each other all over the world. Friars from other continent are elected as provincials, custos and councilors…. it is a good sign…
The average age in Europe is very high but in other parts of the world it is very much less…which means there is a hope for the Order… At the end he said to be joyful as friars in the Capuchin Order…to be serving…