Dear National OFS Family,

Advent Greetings of hope and peace!

Many of us watched on Oct. 3 as Pope Francis signed Fratelli Tutti at the Tomb of St. Francis.  This wonderful encyclical on fraternity and social friendship has great significance for all people, especially in these troubled times where we are experiencing such division. It also has great significance for all Franciscans.  “Fraternity” is such an important part of our charism, and this encyclical will help us live, and share, this Gospel value.

Good News!

We have just posted Fratelli Tutti on our OFS-USA website, along with an overview, summary, two study guides and a video reflection by Sr. Margaret Carney OSF.  These are all posted on our “Ongoing Formation Resources” page.

And more news!

Another document just posted to our “Ongoing Formation Resource” page is the Instrumentum Laboris for the 2021 General Chapter entitled Instrumentum Laboris 2020  This document has great importance for our worldwide Secular Franciscan Order.

Looking forward

Early in 2021 we will be urging local fraternities to study both Fratelli Tutti and Animate and Guide with Servant Leadership.  We are also considering hosting national Zoom gatherings for discussion of these documents.

What do you do now?

Please share this message– and start planning now to include a study of these documents in your local fraternities early in 2021.

Begin planning now.  More details coming this January!