Convento Santi Apostoli; Piazza XII Apostoli, 51; 00187 Roma (Italia); tel. centr.: [+39] 06.699571, fax: [+39] 06.69957321
Just a few meters from Piazza Venezia, often considered the true center of Rome, you will find the administrative center of the Order and the Friary of the Twelve Holy Apostles next to the Basilica which shares the same name. On June 30, 1463, Pope Pius II Piccolomini donated the Basilica to the Franciscan family of the Order of Friars Minor called “of the community” or “Conventual”. The friary is owned by the Vatican, while the Basilica belongs to the Italian State.
The Community is comprised of 35 friars, between 35 and 95 years of age, coming from 11 different nations representing 19 Jurisdictions of the Order. Being in the heart of Rome, Italian is obviously the most commonly used language of the day, but very often one hears the resonance of the other official languages of the Order, and even some that are not.
The main service of the friary is, of course, aimed at the general government of the Order. The General Definitory is located there, as are various General Offices. Naturally, the Definitors are often traveling around the world, keeping up with the Conferences/ Jurisdictions for which they are responsible.
The General Administration of the Order also includes the General Secretariat. This office is comprised of the Secretary General and five others: the website Director—the translator for the Polish language, the translator for English, the one for Italian (there is presently no Spanish language translator) and another friar who is the Order’s Head of Statistics.
Then there is the General Treasurer's Office which includes the General Treasurer, the Exactor, and the Legal Representative. Other offices of the General Curia located in the Friary of the Twelve Holy Apostles are those of the Attorney General, the Postulator General for the Causes of Saints and the General Archivist. Also in service at the General Curia is the Personal Secretary to the Minister General and the Executive Editor of Commentarium Ordinis.
The Community also hosts a team of friars who take care of the pastoral activities of the parish. It is headed by a pastor supported by additional friars dedicated to hearing confessions and animating the liturgies of the Basilica.
Other invaluable friars in community are those serving as Porter, friary Econom or performing other daily services needed by the Community.
Finally, there is a special role which covers some elderly friar residents who have served the Order faithfully for many years. They continue to do what they can, given their current physical abilities, but they provide particular support to the community through prayer and through the example of their loyalty and commendable love for the Order.
Friar Roberto Brandinelli OFM Conv, Guardian