St. Francis suffered when his friars claimed they admired him but knew they were not following him perfectly. We can say the same thing about St. Maximilian Maria KOLBE. Sometimes we boast about him, but we don’t always befriend him or let him inspire us.

With this in mind, on November 24, 2021, Friar Piotr BIELENIN, OFM Conv., the teacher of this year’s course on Franciscan spirituality for formators, relaunched the course for a second year.
Friar Piotr is Director of the Institute of Franciscan Studies in Cracow, Poland, and lecturer at the major seminary in Cracow; he is also the author of numerous scholarly articles on the history of Franciscanism, the life and spirituality of St. Maximilian, and Franciscan Christology and Mariology.
This course was prepared by the General Secretariat for Formation. The classes are conducted online, once a month, in Polish. Each class lasts two to three hours. The first part of the class is centered on teaching, with time reserved afterwards for asking the teacher questions. The second part of the class is focused on discussion and examines the problems facing formators today.
Participation in the course is voluntary. This year, eleven friar formators from around the world participated in the course. The lessons for the second year of this course are focused on Kolbean spirituality.

Friar Piotr STANISŁAWCZYK, Delegate General for Formation