Ite Vos Symposium – Nov 4th

Taken from the Franciscan Families of Assisi
Franciscan Friars in Chapter:
A Path for Walking Together and Growing in Common Vocation and Franciscan Mission
(2015/2018)
I ask you, therefore, Lord Jesus Christ,
Father of mercies,
not to consider our ingratitude,
but always be mindful
of the abundant mercies
which you have shown to it [this city]
that it always be a dwelling place
for those who truly acknowledge you
and glorify your name blessed
and most glorious forever and ever. Amen.
(The Mirror of Perfection, 124: FF 1824)

Since Vatican II, the friars of the three branches of the Franciscan First Order (OFM, OFM Conv & OFM Cap), as well as those of the Third Order Regular (TOR), have taken important steps together to find a common line. In 1972, the Franciscan Movement was founded to foster unity and collaboration among all the religious and lay people dedicated to the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi. On an October 4, 2013 pastoral visit to Assisi by Pope Francis, he was gifted a “Blue Cross” and a copy of the Rule of our Seraphic Father Saint Francis, offered by the entire Franciscan family – through the Ministers General of the Orders and the guardians of the Portiuncula and the Sacro Convento. In response, the Holy Father stated, “Good, you should stay united.”  The work of the friars through the years, the support of the Holy Father and two significant anniversaries in our Franciscan history; the eighth centenary of the “Pardon of Assisi” (2016) and the fifth centenary of the Bull “Ite vos” of Pope Leo X (2017) inspired our Franciscan Family to walk together while growing in a common vocation and mission. Read More

On November 4th, over 100 OFM, Conventual and Capuchin friars are expected to gather at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago for a symposium commemorating the 500th Anniversary of 1517 Pontifical Bull Ite Vos.  The morning session will be available via live video stream.  Presentations will begin at 9:30 AM and conclude by 12:30 PM Central Time.

  • Speakers Include:
    Friar Dominic Monti, OFM ~ The History and Context of “Ite Vos”
    Friar Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap. ~ Common Franciscan Values
    Friar Jude Winkler, OFM Conv. ~ Common Franciscan Projects Around the World