The first session of the Pan-American Conference of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin already has a date and time. Scheduled for May 3, 2021, from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Brazil time, this first meeting, which will be virtual, will have the participation of the major superiors and the delegates of the conferences and circumscriptions.
However, even those who have not been called to participate in the meeting will be able to follow the event live on the Facebook group: Capuchinos of Panamerica. In addition, after the end of the meeting, the conference will be available on our YouTube channel.
This will be the first of five virtual conferences that should take place before the live meeting, expected to take place in May 2022 in Sierra de Sao Pedro, Sao Paulo. Initially, the Pan-American Capuchin Conference was scheduled for October 2020, in Panama City, but the event had to be postponed to May 2021 and transferred to the city of Sao Paulo, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Because of the evolution of the cases of infections, due to the pandemic, the General Government of the Order requested a new change in the schedule, changing the dynamics, and prolonging the conference, which should last from May 2021 to May 2022.
Preparation for the conference
In the current phase of preparations, the friars are invited to pray for the conference, especially with the prayer composed for this time. Nevertheless, since 2019 the friars living in the Americas have been preparing for this meeting by reflecting and sending contributions to the Panamerican team.
Even with all the setbacks, which have generated several changes in the structure and schedule, the team preparing the meeting remains committed to the work and trusts in God’s providence. This extended time before the meeting has helped create a true reflection process, leading to important decisions for the future of the order.
Roberto Genuin, Minister General, wrote to the friars of the Americas regarding the necessary changes. “I ask you not to limit your efforts in collaborating with all the new initiatives,” the Minister General exhorted.