Franciscans open general chapter focusing on diversity, evangelization – The Catholic Sun

As a worldwide religious order, Franciscan friars need to find new and better ways to welcome the diversity of their members and allow it to challenge the ways they live the Gospel in the world, said Father Michael Perry, the order’s minister general. Father Perry preached at the opening of the Order of Friars Minor’s July 3-18 general chapter, a gathering in Rome of 116 Franciscan leaders and delegates representing some 13,000 friars from around the world. The chapter was to include the election of a minister general July 13. Father Perry, 67, who was born in Indianapolis, was elected minister general in 2013 to finish the term of Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, whom Pope Francis had named secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Father Perry was elected to a six-year term in 2015. In his homily at the chapter’s opening Mass, Father Perry focused on St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, a mixed community of Christians coming from the Jewish and Gentile traditions and struggling to build unity and kinship. Like the communities in Ephesus, Father Perry said, the Franciscans are seeking “an experience of healing, reconciliation, of moving beyond ourselves, of beginning anew as members of the one body of Christ.”

Franciscans open general chapter focusing on diversity, evangelization – The Catholic Sun

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