Guardians' Meeting

On April 22-23, 2024, all elected or confirmed guardians of the Provincial Custody of the Immaculate Conception and Blessed Bonaventure of Potenza, along with the Provincial Custos, Fra. Emmanuel GIVA, OFMConv., convened at La Morada, Brgy. Tambo Kulit, Indang, Cavite. The six attending guardians were Friars Mariel Santos, Bonaventure Bajar, Gerard Lofranco, John Nathan Maagma, Lorenzo Avelino, and Joachim Paz. This two-day meeting also served as an opportunity for ongoing formation, where the guardians shared their reflections on the Letter of St. Francis to a Minister.

An important discussion during this fraternal encounter centered on a provision from the newly approved Custodial Statutes, which states: "The guardian with the help of de familia friars commit themselves to enrich and deepen the identity, nature, vision, and mission of the respective friary as determined by the Custodial Chapter. This is guided by the Custodial and friary quadrennial plans."

everal concerns were also addressed, including the liturgical preaching of the friars, as well as health and financial issues within the Custody. Additionally, the Provincial Custos proposed organizing a monthly "friary day"—a fraternal event where the spiritual and business aspects of the conventual chapter, along with a conventual Mass, are celebrated by the entire friary in a single day.

Photos by: Fra John Nathan & Fra Joachim

Fra Emmanuel Giva, OFMConv.
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