Inter-Franciscan Course for New Missionaries for Asia
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On January 23, 2023, at the Capuchin General Curia, the General Mission Secretaries of the three branches of the First Order met: Br. Dennis Tayo, OFM; Br. Dario Mazurek, OFMConv and Br. Mariosvaldo Florentino, OFMCap; the Capuchin JPIC animator, Br. Joel de Jesus, also joined in. They worked on organizing an inter-Franciscan course for new missionaries for Asia, which will be held in June and July 2023 in the Philippines. Five brothers from each branch will participate. It is intended for brothers from other continents who will go to Asia to be missionaries, or such brothers who have recently been there or brothers from Asian countries who will leave for other Asian countries as missionaries. Also at the January 23rd meeting, the possibility of doing online formation for the whole Order on the New Evangelization was discussed, as well as our Franciscan presence in countries with large Muslim populations. It is becoming increasingly clear that together, the three branches of the First Order could serve in the world much better.