It is the duty of each religious family to constantly interpret its charismatic heritage, regulating the practice of that heritage with legislative instruments (cf. CIC, can. 576). However, the Holy Father reminds us that the Constitutions and the General Statutes not only “regulate” but “preserve the charismatic heritage”, ensuring “future continuance”. For us Franciscans, our charism is nothing less than living the Gospel. Therefore, with the new Constitutions already approved (2018), we created a new draft of our General Statutes, in order to observe even more concrete ways of living the Gospel in today’s historic setting.

Therefore, by virtue of my office, I hereby order that the revised text of the General Statutes of the Order be published and promulgated, effective immediately, as of today’s date, August 14, 2019, the feast of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe and the Eve of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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