Franciscan Programs to Mark Year of Consecrated Life

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Nithiya OFM. Cap

CRIB | Oct 20, 2014

The Association of Franciscan Families of India – AFFI is focussing on the Consecrated life, 2015 in their forthcoming programmes in year 2015. A coordinating team gathered in Mysore UFS house in Bogati on 18-19 October, 2015 and has come up with a plan for coming year.

National Programme I: The Celebration of Franciscan Consecrated life and mission will be held in Veilankanni from 1-4 March, 2015 for all the provincials and their coordinators for the year of Consecrated life. This is a Training as well as live-in experience programme. The delegates from all over the country will be focusing on Vita Consecrata, Evanglii Gaudium, the document for the Year of Consecrated life.

National Programme-II: Renewal of Consecrated life based on the Rules and Manuals of Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi. It will be held in Alwaye from August, 3-6, 2015 for all the Franciscan Religious following the Third Order of St. Francis. This programme is meant for Provincials, Those in charge of ongoing formation, Animators of Third Order, Retreat preachers, Franciscan Scholars etc

National Programme III: Campaign against Violence on women: This be held in September, 4th week in Bhopal for those involved in the apostolates of education, health and social welfare. The delegates will also focus on a strongnetwork of Lawyers, Doctors, educationists, Inter religious leaders, Govt. Officials, NGOs, BCCs etc. at the national, Regional and local levels.

National Programme IV on Servant Leadership – Training & workshop based on the life and mission of St. Francis and St. Clare. This will be held in the first week of December, 2015 in Andhra or Goa. Special attention will be given to motivation, leadership skills, various types of leadership, prophetism, Servant leadership, Emotional Intelligence, etc.

Series of Regional Programmes at State level: Almost every state of India has a network of the Franciscan congregations. Soon after the first national programme, they will in turn come together to renew their consecrated life and mission through similar programme leading to concrete action plans in their apostolates. These will be held in their respective states and if needed in local language. These are focused on strengthening their vocation, witness and commitment to the poorest and the needy. A special focus will be to check on how to make our consecrated life effective in our Formation Stages, in the apostolates of Education, health and social welfare etc

Courtesy: Conference of Religious India Bulletin, October 22, 2014

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