The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Secular Franciscan Order in the United States met in St. Louis Missouri March 10-12, 2023.

On March 12, 2023, former National Minister, Jan Parker, OFS, visited the current NEC to transfer documents, or so she said.

Former national minister Jan Parker, OFS, left, presents national minister Jane DeRose-Bamman, OFS, with a relic of St. Francis of Assisi. 

Relic of St. Francis of Assisi

In reality, she stopped by to transfer a special gift.  She presented Jane DeRose-Bamman, OFS, the current national minister with a relic of our seraphic father, St. Francis of Assisi.

This relic was given to Jan Parker by St. Kateri Tekakwitha Region when Jan was first elected national minister in 2015. A new tradition has been created. The relic will travel with the national minister to all OFS-related meetings.  St. Francis, pray for us.