To all Provincial Ministers and Custodes,
Dear Brother Ministers and Custodes,
May the Lord give you Peace! First of all I would like to greet you fraternally and wish you a new year full of blessings of the Lord. Allow me to provide you with some information that I think is important in relation to the General Chapter of 2015. During the General Definitory meetings of January of 2014, the General Definitory decided that the General Chapter of 2015 will be held from May 10 - June 7, 2015. I ask you, therefore, to make note of these dates in your agenda. At the same time, taking into account the views expressed by the PCO in Konstancin (Poland), the General Definitory decided that the General Chapter will be held in Assisi at St. Mary of the Angels, The main topic ofthe next chapter will be: "Brothers and Minors in Our Times" (Fratres et Minores in Nostra Aetatae). With this theme, we will also address the issues required by our legislation.
The General Definitory also decided to ask for suggestions as to possible changes in the General Statutes. The deadline for submitting them to the Secretariat General of the Chapter is in June of 2014. This will allow us to have sufficient time to study them and present them well in advance to the participants at the Chapter, so that they can then be dealt with there. The suggestions should be sent to the Secretariat of the General Chapter to the email address: [email protected]
I urge you also to create on your provincial websites a space dedicated to inform all our brothers and sisters about the preparation of the General Chapter of 2015. Together with the General Definitory we made this decision to ensure that the friars are duly informed and therefore have as much influence as possible on this vital event of the Order.
At the same time, I ask you also to create space in your hearts for the next General Chapter and pray for this event, so that the Holy Spirit may help us and be with us always, May the Queen of the Seraphic Order intercede for all of us, followers of St. Francis of Assisi in the world, and may we become authentic Friars Minor for our times.
With sentiments of deep gratitude for the ministry you carry out, I greet you through the intercession of our Seraphic Father,
Br. Michael Anthony Perry, ofm