Fr. David Couturier, OFM Cap., talk about the Secular Franciscan role in today’s world. (photo by Bob Stronach, OFS)

The 20th OFS-USA Quinquennial Congress began with a welcome dinner Wednesday night at the downtown Sheraton in Phoenix, AZ.  Mass followed in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary just two blocks from the hotel.

More than 600 Secular Franciscans are on hand for the event.

Thursday’s keynote featured Fr. David Couturier, OFM Cap., who spoke on “Called to Build a More Fraternal and Evangelical World:  Secular Franciscans as a Community of Care and Moral Transformation.”

You can watch a videotape of his talk.