General Assembly 2013
“Rooted in Christ, On Fire with the Spirit, Go... Transform the World!”
Recommendations for the ifc-tor council 2013
Sr. Elena Bosetti, sjbp
Sr. Nancy Schreck, OSF
Anthony J. Gittins, CSSp.
General Assembly 2009
Becoming a Disturbing Presence in Today’s World: Christ, Through Francis, Clare and... ME!"
Recommendations for the ifc-tor council 2009
General Assembly 2005
"From the depths of their inner life
let them love, honor, adore, serve,
praise, bless and glorify
our most high and eternal God
who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit ".
General Assembly 2001
We are Franciscan Sisters and Brothers, representing over 200 congregations of the IFC-TOR family from around the world, gathered in Assisi, our birthplace, for our 5th General Assembly, to reflect on Incarnation as experienced in our lives today. Our reflection has been enriched by presentations, prayer, and our interaction with each other. All this has deepened our desire to strengthen our relationship with God, with creation, and with all our sisters and brothers throughout the world.
We believe that openness to new ways is essential for Franciscan life today, because we are faced with new challenges which call for new responses. Human beings have done harm to creation. Therefore, we feel called to promote respect for all life and to re-establish cosmic harmony.
We carry in our hearts the desire expressed in the words of Saint Francis "My God, my God, Who are You?" We also desire to know where God can be found today. Today like Francis, we long to discover God who is Love. Francis encountered God on the streets, in creation, in the embrace of the leper, and the encounter with the Sultan. Like Francis' pilgrimage, ours also must be to the hearts of others. We go forth with a fundamental attitude of respect and reverence. Even if we cannot proclaim Christ in words, we can witness Christ by our lives of compassion and love. In this way, we invite others to listen to God in their own hearts. The virtues of humility, mercy and service to others are found not only in our own Christian tradition but also in other religious traditions.
In this world full of suffering and beauty, we commit ourselves:
- to contemplate and live the mystery of Incarnation-Passion-Eucharist in a way that gives hope and nurtures life;
- to a life in openness to dialogue and communion;
- to join with the whole Franciscan Family in global service, strengthening Franciscans International as a common Instrument of Peace.