The Indian Franciscans renew their commitment and service of apostolate among the marginalized of the country, in the slums, in rural areas, particularly among marginalized people in the Year of Consecrated Life.
Fr. Nithiya Sagayam OFM.Cap, the national coordinator of the Association of Franciscan Families of India (AFFI), according to a report by Agenzia Fides, has said the Franciscan would “show special attention towards the victims of injustice and human rights violations, giving them hope for a just and peaceful society.”
The celebration of Franciscan Consecrated life and mission was held in Veilankanni from March 1-4 for all the provicnials and their coordinators for the year of Consecrated life. This was a training as well as live-in exprience programme. The delegates from all over the country focused on Vita Consecrata, Evangelii Gaudium, the document for the Year dedicated to Consecrated life.
The AFFI, which is the network of 53 Franciscan religious Congregations present in 163 provinces throughout the country hopes to carry out the plans through the involvement of the Secular Franciscan and laity Order that follow the charism of the Poverello. Their special focus will be to stop violence against women in society, to provide education to poor children, assistance, development and welfare for immigrants.