Last week, our friars participated in the 2nd Session of the Second Ordinary Chapter of Our Lady of the Angels Province. All over the world, we Franciscan Friars Conventual gather for Chapters, as fraternal meetings open to the friars of a region or province. Our province holds Ordinary Chapters every four years. Since our province was established in 2014, through the union of Immaculate Conception Province and St. Anthony of Padua Province, this was only be the second Ordinary Chapter for Our Lady of the Angels Province. Each of these Chapters has two Sessions. This First Ordinary Chapter, in 2014, was attended by all of the friars of our entire province, who were healthy enough to attend. This year, Delegate Friars were elected to represent the needs of the rest of the friars of our province.
During the 2018 Chapter Sessions, the Friar Representatives spent several weeks in discussions as well as voting on proposals that affect all aspects of the working, spiritual and ministerial life of the province, as a whole.
Our friars celebrated beautiful liturgies during our time in Chapter, including a Commemoration of the Deceased, during our June 21st Evening Prayer – Office of the Dead.
Closing Prayer that day:
our Father, Creator, Redeemer, Comforter and Savior,
into Your hands we entrust our departed brothers:
receive them into Your kingdom,
where they may see You clearly and love You perfectly,
where communion with You is blessed and joy without end.
Grant that we may love You with all our heart,
always thinking of You with all our soul,
always desiring You with all our mind,
orienting all our intentions to You with all our strength,
in the service of Your love,
until the day on which Sister Bodily Death
will lead us into the Passover of Your Son.
On that day we, together with our father Francis and all our brothers,
shall contemplate You, Who are all our delight, our eternal life,
great and wonderful Lord, God almighty and merciful,
Who with Your beloved Son and the Holy Spirit the Paraclete,
live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.