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  • Incontro con Papa Francesco

  • Padri Commissari

  • Australia

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  • Our Franciscan Identity

    San Francesco d'Assisi

    St. Francis is like the root of an ever growing plant that incessantly produces fruits of sanctity. From the beginning till today, his vivifying spirit continues to move men and women of every social status, nationality and culture to follow in his footsteps.  In the course of the centuries, the various reforms within the large Franciscan family, comparable to branches of a single tree, have continually proposed a return to the roots according to the sensibility and the necessities of their time.

  • Traccia Mariana

    FondatoriAt the onset of the third millennium, the Franciscans of the Immaculate come to light as a response to the decree “Perfectae Caritatis,” which invited religious to “return to the sources.” Besides the “Regula Bullata” of the First Order of the Friars Minor, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate profess its Marian expression:  the “Traccia Mariana” (Marian form of Franciscan life).

  • The Portiuncula

    La Porziuncola in Assisi

    It is within the “Porziuncula” of St. Mary of the Angels where the Seraphic Order draws its roots, claiming as its own the “Cause of the Immaculate.” St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, with his Cities of the Immaculate, constitutes in our times, one of the genuine fruits of that entirely Marian and Seraphic roots.

  • Spiritual Heritage

    San Massimiliano KolbeThe figure and apostolate of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe is a spiritual hereditary which the Franciscans of the Immaculate (Friars, Sisters and laity) have fully inherited. With their Marian Vow of unlimited consecration to the Immaculate, they commit themselves to bring Christ to the world: through contemplation and action, word and example, in imitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first missionary of the Gospel. 


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Un giorno con Maria 

Regarding a CNA Article

On 30 July 2013, the Catholic News Agency (CNA) published an article entitled “Franciscans of the Immaculate decree worries traditionalists,” in which it cites Fr. Alfonso M. Bruno, FI, who was—up until the promulgation of the decree assigning a Commissioner to govern our Institute—the member of the F.F.I. General Council overseeing Mass Media. The statements attributed to Fr. Bruno in this article are surprising and also erroneous in relation to Sr. M. Francesca Perillo, a former Mother General of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. The statements were later repeated by others, including the National Catholic Register.

When confreres asked him for an explanation, Fr. Bruno denied having ever granted an interview to the this news agency. He repeated this 5 August, specifying that he was interviewed only by Alessandro Speciale of Vatican Insider.

In any case, apart from the question of the source of these statements, already the first of them should put to the test the credulity of any reader. It says, “more than 80 percent of the friars appreciate the intervention of the Church” (i.e., the assignment of a Commissioner). Of course we accept the dispositions of the Holy See with loving obedience, but it is a bit difficult to appreciate losing the autonomy normally granted to an Institute of Pontifical Right. A religious obeys because this is God’s will, not because the orders are pleasing in themselves.

If there truly was in the Institute such an overwhelming majority of friars that wanted to remove the general superiors, they would have had a much simpler way to carry out their plan than the appointment of a commissioner, namely, to simply elect other superiors at the general chapter planed for next year. If it was necessary to act quickly, they could have simply asked the Holy See to move forward the date of the general chapter.

As for the statements regarding the F.I. Sisters, they are simply the repetition of baseless gossip.


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