CFF Formation Assembly

Our Lady of the Angels Province friar in attendance: (lower left) Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv. who currently serves as the Chicago based St Bonaventure Friary Guardian & Postulancy Director, (second from lower left) the Very Rev. Fr. Michael Zielke, OFM Conv. who currently serves as the Minister Provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province, (third from lower left) Fr. Maurice Richard, OFM Conv. who currently serves as the Assistant Director of the Arroyo Grande, CA based St. Francis of Assisi Friary Novitiate for the North American Provinces, (fifth from lower left) Fr. Brad Milunski, OFM Conv. who serves as our province Vicar Provincial and as Co-Director of the Silver Spring, MD based St. Bonaventure Friary for Post Novitiate Formation, (second from top left) Fr. Mark Szanyi, OFM Conv. who currently serves as pastor of St. Lucie Catholic Church, in Port St. Lucie, FL and as Chairman of our province Franciscan Life Commission, & (top right) our province Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.

On October 11, 2017, Ministers’ Provincial, Formation & Vocation Directors and Prefects of Formation from across the CFF: Conventual Franciscan Federation gathered for a Formation Assembly. The primary task of the gathering was to prepare a final draft of the CFF Initial Formation Directory to be approved at the Provincial Chapters in 2018 (Side Note: Chapters are gatherings of the friars to examine the life of each province – every four years –  or the life of the Order at the Ordinary General Chapter- every seven years. It is a time of re-election of leadership, examining values and formulating choices for the next four or seven years).
The CFF Formation Assembly began with a presentation from Friar Louis Panthiruvelil, OFM Conv. Secretary General for Formation for our Order. Fr. Louis (picture insert) presented various formation initiatives of the Order currently underway, as well as the major revision of the Order’s principal document regarding Formation – Franciscan Discipleship, to be presented to the Ordinary General Chapter of 2019.
A special thank you to the friars and staff of Marytown for their warm welcome and hospitality.

~Submitted by Fr. Brad Milunski, OFM Conv)