A three-day meeting, September 26-27, at Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, of the Definitories of the Province of Christ the King (Western Canada) and the Saint Joseph Province (Eastern Canada) has led to some important announcements toward the restructuring and revitalisation of the OFM presences in Canada. Two fraternal gatherings have been announced: a Chapter of Mats, April 23-26, 2018, and a Chapter of Union, October 22-24, 2018. It is anticipated that the Minister General and English Speaking General Definitor will be present for the Chapter of Union. Under the guidance of a General Delegate, Friar Peter Williams, OFM, a Transition Committee is working to organize both events, while liaising with several subcommittees who are addressing various aspects of the restructuring and revitalisation process. Work in progress includes, but is not limited to, discernment and consultation around mission and evangelisation, formation, communication, provincial statutes, liturgy, the administration of goods, and a name and logo for the new Province.
Jean-Pierre Ducharme, ofm