The LXXXIV General Chapter, beginning with the Vademecum for Solidarity of Personnel, has approved the Guidelines for Fraternal Collaboration between Circumscriptions. The Chapter decided to change the expression Solidarity of Personnel to Fraternal Collaboration between Circumscriptions. We present here the Guidelines approved by the General Chapter 2012.
GUIDELINES 2012 - pdf
THE MODEL FRATERNAL AGREEMENT
Reserved Area for the Major Superiors
Solidarity of Personel 2006-20012
The manual presented here was prepared by the Commission for Solidarity of Personnel, which was established by the General Minister and Definitory after the General Chapter in 2006. It was approved by the General Definitory during its meeting in September 2009 ad experimentum until the next General Chapter. The manual is based on observations and experiences over the last number of years and is offered as a guideline to the friars of the Order. We underline that it is approved ad experimentum and so can be adapted and improved before being submitted for definitive approval at the next Chapter. While dissatisfaction has been expressed by some language-groups about the title “Solidarity of Personnel”, no suitable alternative has been suggested and we invite reflection and suggestions from interested groups on this issue.
As our experience of Solidarity of Personnel grows with the years, so too do our reflections on its meaning and purpose within the context of our international fraternity. One of the things we wish to underline is that all initiatives in the area of Solidarity of Personnel should be submitted to the General Minister for guidance, approval and evaluation. As emphasised in the Manual, a solid missionary spirit is necessary in order to become involved in Solidarity of Personnel. Our prayer is that the Lord will renew in our Order and in each of us that Gospel spirit of missionary outreach which has marked the Franciscan family from the beginning.
Br. Mauro Jöhri, OFMCap General Minister
Br. Peter Rodgers, OFMCap General Definitor
VADEMECUM 2009 - pdf