venerdì 23 giugno 2017

OFS Netherlands elective chapter 2017



The national Fraternity of OFS-Netherlands held an elective chapter in Huiz Elizabeth, Denekamp from 9th to 11th June this year. OFS-Netherlands has some 230 members belonging to some 13 local Fraternities. The national elective chapter is a very important moment of the life of each national fraternity. At this event, all professed members (or delegates, according to the national Statutes and as is the case here) come together to choose by secrete ballot the Council and Minister who are to guide and animate the national fraternity for the next mandate, which is generally a three-year period.  

The elective session will normally be preceeded by a working session particularly marked by a report from the out-going national Minister covering the past three years, and a financial report from the Treasurer or Financial Secretary. Other reports too may be made. The eletive session of the recent chapter was precided by Màrton Beke, OFS Hungary, delegated by Tibor Kauser, OFS General minister. The working session was coordinated by Fr. Rob Hoogenboom, OFM Provincial Minister of the Netherlands. 


The Conference of General Spiritual Assistants was represented by Fr. Francis Bongajum Dor, OFMCap. At the elections that was done on Saturday June 10th after the normal invocation of the Holy Spirit, the following were chosen to constitute 



the national Council for the next three years: 
Theo Reuling - National minister (first term)
Marianne Versteegh - National vice minister (First term)
Michel Versteegh - Treasurer and International Councilor Substitute
Secretary - Gijs ter Veer
Formator - Jan Biljsma
National Spiritual assitant (Not eletected) - Wim Pot, OFM.



lunedì 23 gennaio 2017

Immagine Ben Brevoort (OFMCap)


Fra. Benitius Brevoort, OFMCap. 
Nascita: 04/03/1938 in Kota Raja, Diocesi di Meda, Indonesia.
Professione temporanea: 31/08/1957
Professione Perpetua: 31/08/1960
Ordinazione Presbiterale: 22/02/1964
Assistente Generale OFS-GiFra: 1990-2002
RIP: 17/01/2017 in Medan, Indonesia
Guaridano del Convento di Garbatella-Roma, 2012-2015.




martedì 17 gennaio 2017

Ben Brevoort


Fra Benitius Brevoort, OFMCap
(Fra Ben Brevoort)
Assistente Generale OFS-GiFra  (1990-2002)
                   RIP, Indonesia, 17 febbraio 2017



“Lui era un buon uomo e un buon frate che ha dato molto all'OFS, e sicuramente a tante altre persone e istituzioni. Ricordo come fino all'anno scorso ancora ci aiutava come interprete durante gli incontri della Presidenza con chiarezza e efficacia, con generosità e semplicità.  Che Dio gli dia il premio di un servo buono e fedele.”       Fr. Amando Trujillo Cano, TOR.

 “Fra Ben, buon uomo e buon frate ha fatto molto all'OFS, e sempre ci aiutava con generosità e semplicità. Che Dio gli dia il premio di un servo buono e fedele”.  Fr. José Antonio Cruz Duarte,  Fr. Pedro Zitha. OFM.

"It is with a heavy heart that I offer my most sincere condolences on the death of our brother, Fr. Ben Brevoort.  I have know Fr. Ben for almost as long as I have been a Secular Franciscan, having first met him when he came on a visit to the National Fraternity of Canada in the early 90's.  Since then, our paths have crossed frequently.  He was so gifted, especially with languages, and the OFS International Presidency benefited greatly from his skills in this area and his willing generosity to share his gifts with us.  He was such a wonderful example of a brother who loved and embraced his vocation. I think it can also be said that he had a "weak spot" for Secular Franciscans.  He will surely be missed by the entire Franciscan Family. You, along with the members of your Capuchin community, will be in my thoughts and prayers during these days of grief and loss. I am consoled with the thought that he will surely continue to intercede for all of us ... on the other side of the veil". Doug Clorey, ofs  Cornwall, Prince Edward Island,  CANADA.