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Constitutions Part 12: Universality

Constitutions Part 12: Universality

July 21, 2021

From local 'fraternities' to federations of provinces, Friar Tim Kulbicki explains the Conventual Franciscan Order's structure in this last episode of the Constitutions.

Constitutions Part 11: Chapter

Constitutions Part 11: Chapter

July 12, 2021

St. Francis of Assisi made the Chapters of the Friars the most important factor in governing the Order. Friar Tim Kulbicki explains the different kinds of Chapters, and how all the Friars share in determining the ministry and direction of the Franciscan Order.

Constitutions Part 10: Conversion

Constitutions Part 10: Conversion

July 8, 2021

Adapting to an ever-changing world, we continue conforming ourselves to Christ through a life-long process of conversion. Friar Tim Kulbicki explains the process from a Franciscan perspective.

Constitutions Part 9: Formation

Constitutions Part 9: Formation

June 29, 2021

What is Franciscan formation? How does it work? Friar Tim Kulbicki continues his discussion of the Constitutions.

Constitutions Part 8: Mission

Constitutions Part 8: Mission

June 15, 2021

Words teach and actions speak. In this episode, Friar Tim Kulbicki talks about the call for the friars to travel the world proclaiming the Good News. How can we reinvigorate Christian life? How can we share the joy of the Gospel?

Constitutions Part 7: Ministry

Constitutions Part 7: Ministry

June 8, 2021

Ministry is our response to Jesus' commands. St. Francis said: "The Lord God gave me the grace to work." Friar Tim Kulbicki discusses how the Friars respond to the needs of the times in deciding the tasks to be accomplished, then work on their assigned duties (while remembering their spiritual and fraternal lives), humbly doing the things the Church and the community need them to do.

Constitutions Part 5: Fraternity

Constitutions Part 5: Fraternity

May 19, 2021

In a world where individualism reigns, how do the friars live in fraternity, open and sharing with each other, creating a Franciscan family despite differences of opinion and personality? In this episode, we begin Chapter 3: the Fraternal Life of the Friars.

Constitutions Part 4: Penance

Constitutions Part 4: Penance

May 11, 2021

Continuing the discussion of Chapter Two, Friar Tim Kulbicki talks about the penitential life. Penance helps exercise the spiritual 'muscle' that allows us to say no to self in order to say yes more deeply to God and others.

Constitutions Part 3: Prayer

Constitutions Part 3: Prayer

May 5, 2021

Prayer is time spent with God, whether we pray in community or by ourselves. In this episode, Friar Tim focuses on the life of union with God: laying out the primacy of the spiritual life.

Constitutions Part 2: Vows

Constitutions Part 2: Vows

May 3, 2021

Part two of this series on the Constitutions focuses on the vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience.

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