The Friars Minor, as of December 31, 2012, are 13,805.
Some details: postulants: 635 (not included in the calculation); Novices: 383; Simply Professed: 1365 (Fratres cum optione clericali: 998; Fratres sine optione clericali: 141; Fratres sine optione: 226); Solemnly Professed: 12057 (priests: 9,446; Permanent Deacons: 70; Friars with clerical option 388; lay brothers: 2042). Our Brother Cardinals (6) and Archbishops / Bishops (105) are 111.
The brothers who died during the year were 317.
The Friars Minor are present in 116 countries and are spread as follows: in Africa and the Middle East: 1104; Latin America: 3346; North America: 1374; Asia-Oceania: 1369; Western Europe: 4229; and Eastern Europe: 383.
The universal fraternity is divided into 99 Provinces, 8 Autonomous Custodies, 7 Entities dependent on the Minister General, 21 Custodies dependant on Provinces, 14 Conferences of Ministers Provincial, and 3 Unions of Conferences (Asia / Oceania: FCAO; Latin America: UCLAF; Europe: UFME).
The numbers are not the most important factor to evaluate the quality of our lives. They can be, however, an ‘”occasion” to reflect, among other things, on the significance of the Gospel of our Franciscan life and “Focus on what is essential” (cf. Reorganizing and Restructuring, Document of the General Definitory, 2011, 3c).