In the shadow of the Marian Shrine of Jasna Góra in Częstochowa (Poland), the Capuchin Friars Minor of Europe met from 11 to 16 October 2021.
The meeting was entitled: "The Capuchins in Europe. The Dream of Fraternity" and it brought together 90 major superiors (i.e. Provincial Ministers, Custodians and Delegates) from all over Europe, as well as from Turkey and Lebanon. Also participating were members of the General Council, friars responsible for formation throughout Europe, and several of the brothers from the General Curia. The friars spent time focusing on the current identity of the Capuchins in Europe and considering the challenges posed throughout the continent -- not only for the Capuchins, but for the Church as a whole. There were numerous presentations by guest speakers: Capuchins, Friars Minor, a Capuchin Poor Clare and laity. Most of the reports were presented in person, while three took place online. Afternoons were partially reserved for group work, where participants could explore and consider more deeply the topics discussed.
Interspersed were also periods of prayer, including daily Eucharist (also celebrated twice in the chapel of the miraculous picture in Jasna Góra) and the liturgy of the hours.
As always, time set aside for leisure and informal conversation apart from the whole were also opportunities for meaningful exchange.
The following topics were discussed:
- Europe today
- Challenges of the new evangelization in Europe
- Updating the Capuchin structures in Europe
- The St. Lawrence of Brindisi Project
- Initial formation of the Capuchins in Europe
- Youth and vocation ministry in Europe
Thanks to the kindness of the speakers, we are able to provide the brothers with materials that were presented during the meeting in Częstochowa.
Download the materials in PDF format
We invite you to visit the photo galleries and view the videos of the meeting.
You may also download and listen to the audio conferences (mostly in Italian).
11.10.2021. – https://youtu.be/TxpypnGOqAk
12.10.2021. A – https://youtu.be/_HnH1NE-u6s
12.10.2021. B – https://youtu.be/lk_o-uVRPKI
13.10.2021. A – https://youtu.be/rpq0yeIqHGs
13.10.2021. B – https://youtu.be/s914uRD99Ms
14.10.2021. – https://youtu.be/UKQcOrnJ6co
15.10.2021. – https://youtu.be/bM42zhhqPfI
16.10.2021. - https://youtu.be/MokY1hmzdyY
11.10.2021. – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWUEzPR
12.10.2021. A – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWUWX4n
12.10.2021. B – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWUqe9j
12.10.2021. C - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWV5Mo4
13.10.2021. A – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWZaEwC
13.10.2021. B – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWUzjRm
14.10.2021. A – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWV1uf1
14.10.2021. B - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWV5nqm
15.10.2021. – https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWVjjvK
16.10.2021. - https://flic.kr/s/aHsmWWgkrR
Download mp3 from Google Drive
- Br. Štefan Kožuh OFMCap – Meditation;
- Prof. Tomáš Halík – Europe Today (Read in Italian by Sr. Rachel Popkova OSCCap);
- Most Rev. Paolo Martinelli, OFMCap, Auxiliary Bishop of Milan – Religious Life / Capuchins in Europe;
- Presentation of the Capuchin Conferences in Europe – report of the relevant General Councilors:
- Br. Onofrio Farinola OFMCap - Being a Capuchin in the Mediterranean and in Europe today
- Presentation by S. Rachel Popkova OSCCap;
- Presentation by Br. Jürgen Neitzert OFM (General Councilor of the OFM);
- Presentation by Tibor Kauser OFS (OFS General Minister);
- Br. Pio Murat OFMCap - Presentation of the St. Lawrence of Brindisi Project;
- Testimonies of the supervisor and of the friars involved in the project;
- Br. Jaime Rey, OFMCap, Report of the General Office for Formation;
- Br. Angelo Borghino, Br. Ippolito Fortino, Br. Tomasz Protasiewicz, Br. Eric Bidot - Testimonies of Provincials and Formators with collaborative experience in the field of formation;
- Br. Francesco Neri OFMCap - Youth and Vocation Ministry;
- Testimonies of Br. Radek Navrátil and Br. Juro Šimić.