100 Italian lay brothers in Rome for the 500th anniversary of the birth of St. Felix of Cantalice
On April 30, 2016, looking forward to the conclusion of the fifth centenary of the birth of St. Felix of Cantalice, the Roman Province and the Italian Conference of Capuchin Provincial Ministers (CIMPCAP) invited all the lay brothers of Italy for a day of fraternity and spirituality. The participation was very good and many friars came to Rome from all the Italian provinces, from the General Curia, and from the International College. The day began with a visit to the friary of St. Bonaventure where St. Felix lived for about forty years in his service of questing. Then the friars went to the friary of Via Veneto and were received by the General Minister, Br. Mauro Jöhri. Beginning with his letter to the Order, The Indispensable Gift of Lay Brothers for our Order, he offered a report on the lay brother’s vocation to consecrated life and on the beautiful life’s witness that our brothers have given and continue to give.
Br. Rinaldo Cordovani, Archivist of the Roman Province, illustrated certain details of the life of St. Felix. Much appreciated was the film produced by Tele Padre Pio, in which the witness and activity of some brothers was presented through interviews carried out during their daily service. The day concluded with the celebration of the Eucharist in the beautiful church of the Immaculate Conception, after which there was a nice lunch.
Talk of the General Minister in Italian – Br. Mauro Jöhri OFM Cap
Photo br. Paweł Teperski OFMCap