OFMConv Franciscans from the Middle East came together at Saint Anthony Friary in Istanbul from October 23 to 27, 2017, for a time of formation and sharing.
Together with the Provincial Minister of Romania, Friar Teofil Petrișor, the Middle East Friars meditated on their presence and activities in the Custody during these days of very intense meetings. The guide of these days was Friar Marius Petru Bâlha. He offered reflections daily on religious consecration and on dedication to the mission in simplicity and with the prudence of the Holy Spirit.
The fraternal sharing was another detail very useful for helping the brothers to feel that they work together for the Kingdom of God in these lands. The Middle East Custody has great diversity and a wealth of languages, cultures and activities. For this reason this meeting together guided the brothers in strengthening their fraternal spirit in the Franciscan way.
This meeting was part of the preparation for the next Ordinary Custodial Chapter that will be held next year.
friar Lucian Abalintoaiei