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Ongoing Formation – Rivotorto Course

Friars from the jurisdictions of Africa have come to Italy to take part in the Rivotorto Ongoing Formation Course. The Order organizes the Course every two years for young friars who have already completed their initial formation.

The main purpose of this experience is to inspire and teach new generations of the Order about the spirit and history of Franciscanism which began in the 13th century.
There are fifteen friars participating in the course, which lasts from May 15 through June 15, 2017.  Six of the friars are from the Province of the Franciscan Protomartyrs in Zambia. Four are from the Provincial Custody of St. Anthony of Padua in Ghana. Three are from the Provincial Custody of St. Francis of Assisi in Kenya; and two are from the Provincial Custody of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe in Tanzania.
On the first day the participants went to the General Curia where they met with the Minister General, Friar Marco TASCA, and enjoyed lunch as guests of the community of the Twelve Holy Apostles.
The course takes place at the three most important locations connected with the history of our Franciscan Order: Assisi, Padua and Rome. The Course was organized by the Assistant General for the African Federation of Conventual Franciscans (AFCOF) with help from various friars who will be offering presentations in various fields (spirituality, history and apostolate) and will speak about the origins of the Franciscan experience as well as some of the current challenges facing the Order today.
The day before the friars attended the Angelus with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, in St. Peter's Square.

Friar Tadeusz ŚWIĄTKOWSKI, Assistant General for the AFCOF

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