FRANCISCAN FEDERATION OF THE SISTERS AND BROTHERS OF THE UNITED STATES
April 2022 | Volume 1, No. 8
Message from the Co-Presidents
During this Easter Season we focus on the empty tomb, not a symbol of death but rather of new life. Since the last National Board Briefing much activity has been taking place as you will see in this report. In addition, the Search Committee has been reviewing resumes and interviewing potential candidates as we look to filling the position of our Executive Director. May all the efforts of many of the Franciscan Federation Members, National Board and our collaborators be blessed with new life for the Franciscan Federation. Please note that on May 1 the AFC “late registration fee” begins. Register now at a reduced fee!  See you in Pittsburgh for the AFC 2022!
Open National Consultations
The Transformation Task Force II will be holding Open Consultation Sessions in early May. These sessions are for all Franciscan Federation members. This is an opportunity for everyone to voice their thoughts and ask for clarification of the proposed changes in our Federation structures that will be voted upon at AFC 2022. These consultations will take place on Wednesday, May 4, 2022, at 3:30 pm ET and Monday, May 9 at 3:30 pm ET. Among the suggested changes to be discussed are the items in the next section (Commission of Elected Leaders). Click here to save the zoom link for these sessions. The materials that will be discussed can be obtained by clicking here
You Are Invited
to an
Open Consultation
to comment on
Transformational Proposals
to be voted upon at
AFC 2022
in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
June 3-6, 2022
WEDNESDAY, May 4, 2022
and/or
MONDAY, MAY 9, 2022
ACCESS
either
ZOOM Meeting
with this link:


Meeting ID: 
813 487 5776
Commission of Elected Leaders
A CEL Meeting was held on March 31, 2022, to discuss the proposed changes that have been recommended by the Transformation Task Force II. Representation from eighteen congregations participated in this meeting. As a result of the discussion the representatives agreed to support the recommendation that:

  • Commission of Elected Leaders would be convened as a Convocation of Canonical Leaders which would meet several times a year.

They also support the following recommendations to be voted on during the AFC:

  • Change regions to geographical time zones to facilitate programing 
  • Change the title of the Commission of Charism Services to Franciscan Life and Mission
  • JPIC Committee become a commission
Celebrating the TOR Rule and Life
The IFC-TOR General Assembly that will be held May 9-15 in Rome will commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the TOR Rule and Life. Sister Deborah Lockwood, a member of our Transformation Task Force II, is the current chairperson of the Conference. The assembly will celebrate our call to live in right relationship with God, our planet and all our sisters and brothers. They will gather to proclaim our ongoing commitment to live the gospel and our desire to incarnate more fully the essential values of humility, contemplation, poverty, and evangelical conversion. Franciscan Federation Co-President, Sr. Kathy Warren will participate in the Conference representing the Federation. Let us join this celebration in spirit and as we anticipate the 40th Rule Anniversary on December 8, 2022.
AFC 2022 — June 3-6
Double Tree — Green Tree | 500 Mansfield Ave., Pittsburgh, PA
"Young Adult Leadership Panel: Preferential Option for the Young"
Elizabeth Hughes, Executive Director of Franciscan Mission Service
Sr. Mary Beth Gianoli, OSF, Vice President, Mission Integration at Marian University
Nicol Perone, National Coordinator of ESTEEM
KEYNOTE SPEAKERS
Ilia Delio, OSF
Brian McLaren
Click here to register for AFC 2022 See you in Pittsburgh!
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