The Irish Franciscans are gathered for their Provincial Chapter – held every three years – from Sunday 29 June to Friday 4 July. The meeting takes place in the Franciscan College, Gormanston, Co Westmeath.
During the week some 90 friars, including two friars from our Custody in Zimbabwe, will pray, reflect, discuss and make important decisions. With both Irish society and the Church going through a time of major transition we Friars Minor need to make sure that our life and mission are responding to ‘the signs of the times’ – our times.
The theme for the Chapter is taken from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel: ‘Missionary disciples, witnesses who never cease to be disciples!’
We are honoured that our Minister General, Michael Perry OFM, will be with us to lead us in a ‘spiritual day’ on Monday. However St Francis teaches us that the Holy Spirit is the true Minister General of our Order. If we are not being open and docile to His inspirations and guidance little else matters!
We ask you to pray with us that the Spirit of the Lord may be with us with divine grace, light and courage.
May our deliberations be guided by His wisdom. May whatever decisions we reach help us live the Gospel life we have promised more faithfully, and may they bring glory to God and serve His people. Please keep us in your prayers!