I am pleased that you teach sacred theology to the brothers providing that, as is contained in the Rule, you "do not extinguish the Spirit of prayer and devotion" during study of this kind.
(A Letter to Brother Anthony of Padua by Francis of Assisi)
The maiden Inter Franciscan Studies and Formation Session for the Franciscan Brothers and Sisters in temporary vows in the Ecclesiastical Province of Bamenda was organised by the Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis of Assisi (TSSF) and the Capuchins Friars Minor (OFMCap). The realisation of the two years cyclical programme is thanks to Sister Roberta Feh (RIP) and Brother Felice Trussardi who gave impetus to this dream during their tenure of office as Major Superiors of the TSSF and Capuchins respectively.
There were 43 participants from four religious congregations: the Capuchins, the Tertiary Sisters of Saint Francis, the Capuchin Sisters of Mother Francesca Rubbato and the Sisters of Our Lady of Fatima. The Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart were unavoidably absent this year but promised to participate in subsequent programmes. The main objective of the pilot formation session was to help the young brothers and sisters of the respective religious institutes to familiarize themselves with the writings of St. Francis of Assisi and St. Clare of Assisi, and to better understand the Franciscan spirituality/ hagiography in order to be more equipped to live and promote the Franciscan spirituality in their local areas of service. The facilitators and resource persons received positive feedback from the enthusiastic participants who greatly appreciated the initiative and expressed the need for more of such formative sessions. The next session has been scheduled for the last week of July 2022.
Facilitators: Br Jude Berinyuy & Sr Pascaline Dubam
Resource Persons: Br. Francis Dor (OFMCap.), General Spiritual Assistant of the OFS, Br. Pascal Fomonyuy (OFMCap.), Former Novice Master of the Capuchins; Br. Jude Berinyuy (OFMCap.), Master theology students; and Sr. Pascaline Dubam (TSSF), Mistress of Juniors.