Lebanon: Canonical Visitation

On March 3-10, 2018, the Assistant General for the Federazione Inter-mediterranea Ministri Provinciali (FIMP), Friar Joaquín AGESTA, conducted a canonical visitation to the two fraternities in Lebanon belonging to the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land of the Province of St. Joseph, Spouse of the B.V.M. in Romania. The Custody has two friaries in Lebanon: one in Beirut (Sin El Fil) and one in Zahlè, which houses […]

Istanbul: Christmas at the Basilica of St. Anthony

Inside our church, we emphasize all of the liturgical seasons with decorations that signify what the Church is celebrating. The short Advent and Christmas seasons usually take place within a month and a half. However, the Friars Minor Conventual celebrate them with meditations lasting almost three months. There are two reasons for this. The first is that St. Francis loved this time of year. He celebrated the Child Jesus joyfully […]

Meeting of the Friars of the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land

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 […]

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