BROOKLYN, NEW YORK – The Invitational Franciscan Federation Conference, set for June 5-8 in Denver, will throw open the doors to all those with a Franciscan worldview and invite the discussion of solutions to pressing issues facing the nation, the Church and the world.
Speakers include Dr. Brian McLaren, an author, speaker, activist and public theologian who advocates working with people of all faiths for the common good, and Kerry Robinson, global ambassador of Leadership Roundtable, former member of the national committee for the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development and prize-winning author of “Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and the Spiritual Call to Service.”
In addition to Third Order Franciscans, the conference invites Franciscans of the First and Second Orders, Franciscans International, Secular Franciscans, Associates, Cojourners, Covenant Members, Franciscan Mentors, Franciscan Mission Service, Franciscans from other Christian traditions (Episcopal, Lutheran), leaders of the 24 members of the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, and Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation (JPIC) coordinators from the above organizations.
Titled “Called to This Hour,” the conference will focus on the urgency of the Franciscan voice in responding to needs within our nation, our Church and our world, as saints Francis and Clare did in their own time. Organizers point to the just-completed celebration of the 800th anniversary of the meeting of Francis and Sultan Malik al-Kamil in Damietta, Egypt, as a time when bold measures were also needed. That meeting, and the fact that Franciscans remained after the Holy Land fell, living peaceably among the Muslims, led to the Franciscans being named, under treaty, as Catholic guardians at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and other holy places. With facilitator Dr. Bryan Froehle, those present will value their past, celebrate the present reality, extend relationships, and create and color their future together.
“Our view of what Francis did in Damietta in 1219, and our recognition of what his brothers and sisters still do in the Holy Land and today’s global scene, help us be open to what God will do with our concerted efforts today to reach out in love and hope to our larger Franciscan family and to move together for the good of our Church and our world,” said co-executive director Sr. Carol Woods, SFMA.
Break-out groups of Franciscan leaders and a closing session for all will allow participants to identify collaborative actions going forward. For more information, please visit the Franciscan Federation website at www.franfed.org. Media representatives interested in covering the conference may contact Sr. Lilia Kagendo, LSOSF, or Sr. Carol Woods, SFMA.
The mission of the Franciscan Federation is to promote exploration and study of Franciscan Evangelical Life and its implications for these times and for our world. The Federation provides national and regional opportunities to collaborate, gather and celebrate so that the brothers and sisters can better live the Third Order Regular call to conversion, contemplation, poverty and humility.