On Monday, March 16, 2020, the friars of the two communities in Istanbul, Turkey, St. Anthony of Padua and the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, gathered to pray together and meditate on Motion no. 9 of the last Ordinary General Chapter, entitled “New Wineskins for New Wine”.

The meeting was led by Friar Martin KMETEC, Guardian of the Friary of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The friars first meditated on the Gospel passage in which Jesus invites his disciples to use new wineskins for new wine (cf. Mt 9:17). Next, the friars reflected on the letter of the Minister General dated February 2, 2020, in which he invites the friars to renew themselves, to rediscover the spirit of the charism in fraternity and the spirit of obedience in the Church. The meeting ended with Mass and some fraternal time spent together.

Friar Lucian ABALINTOAIEI, Custodial Secretary