who give their lives to embody Gospel values.”
- Vision Statement of the Interprovincial Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Fr. Tom Washburn, OFM
October 15, 2013 617-209-4410 • [email protected]
Last December, the administrations of all seven U.S. Franciscan (OFM) Provinces held a first-of-its-kind meeting in Milwaukee to begin a process to envision what Franciscan life might look in this country like as we head into the future.
Faced with fewer vocations than in decades past and ever-changing demographics of the populations we have traditionally served, the leaders of our Franciscan communities gathered to consider the best ways to organize resources and man power to strengthen the Franciscan witness in the United States in the years ahead.
One result was the formation of an Interprovincial Commission tasked with exploring the question of the mission, vision and values to enable U.S. friars to face the challenges of the 21st century; as well as, looking at new areas of collaboration and proposing possible models of restructuring provinces for the fraternal governance of the friars.
On Monday, October 7, members of the Interprovincial Commission presented the results of their monumental and historic report to the U.S. Provincial Ministers meeting in San Diego.
Today, the Provincials issued a letter to all of the friars of the United States inviting the more than 1,110 friars nationwide “to prayerfully reflect on the work of the Interprovincial Commission and the conclusions we, your Ministers, have drawn from our reading of their deliberations.” Each Province will hold a Provincial Chapter before July 1 of next year to discuss this important initiative.
The Provincials invite the friars of the United States, in the same spirit of those who founded each of their provinces, to “embrace the same faith, creativity and spirit of adventure as we envision our life here, together, for the future.”