The details of these numbers:
- Postulants total 655 (not included in the total number);
- Novices, 383;
- Temporary Professed, 1386 (Fratres cum optione clericali, 1047; Fratres sine optione clericali, 126; Fratres sine optione: 211);
- Solemnly Professed, 11,976 (Priests: 9393; Permanent Deacons: 59; Friars with a clerical option, 424; lay brothers, 1985).
- Cardinals (6) and Archbishops / Bishops (109).
- Brothers who died during the year: 302.
The Friars are present in 120 countries as follows:
- Africa and the Middle East: 1141
- Latin America: 3314
- North America: 1321
- Asia - Oceania: 1418
- Western Europe: 4124
- Eastern Europe: 2427.
The universal fraternity is divided into 97 provinces, 8 autonomous Custody, 8 Entities dependent on the Minister General, 15 Custodies dip. There are 14 Conferences of Provincial Ministers and 3 Unions of Conferences (Asia / Oceania: FCAO; Latin America: UCLAF; Europe: UFME).
The numbers are not the most important element, but can be an "occasion” to "seriously reconsider our mission and dare to experiment unexplored paths of presence and witness" (Br. Michael Perry, OFM, Minister General, PCO Report, 2013).
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