Lately there have been many occasions for sharing among the three families (Conventuals, Observants, and Capuchins) of the Franciscan Order. Led by their re-elected Minister General, Fr. Michael Perry, O.F.M. the friars participating at the General Chapter held at St. Mary of the Angel celebrated Solemn Evening Prayer at the Tomb of St. Francis in the Basilica in Assisi, June 3, 2015.
Presided by the Custos of the Sacred Convent, Fr. Mauro Gambetti, O.F.M.Conv., Evening Prayer was celebrated in various language underlining the fact that the delegates were from many parts of the world.
Fr. Mauro in his reflection exhorted all "to recognize the value of the other as a gift by opening myself to see the other's different beauty".
Leaving behind the historical differences of the past in a spirit of peace and pardoning is the hope of future collaboration and sharing.
The Chronicle of the O.F.M.General Chapter published each day described the celebration in this way:
"Having completed the work in the hall the friars set off for one of the most anticipated liturgical and social moments of the General Chapter. The destination was the Sacro Convento (the monumental Friary of the OFM Conventual friars attached to the Basilica of St Francis in Assisi). Vespers was celebrated around the tomb of St. Francis and the presider was the Custos, Br. Mauro Gambetti OFMConv, who spoke about the essential features of the Franciscan vocation. Starting with passages from the Testament of St. Francis, he invited the friars (OFMs and OFMConvs) to journey together as Franciscan Brothers, in Assisi and throughout the world – never seeking to be the first, but content to be the least. United we can put all we are and all we have at the service of the world.
The shared meal was a sign of the true fraternity and shared journey which we hope to see more and more of in the future."
Fr. Mauro's reflection in available in PDF format in Italian as is a video of the Solemn Evening Prayer:
Photos by Mauro Berti. First Photo: Fr. Micheal Perrty, O.FM.
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