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  • Title VII The Franciscan Youth (Art. 96-97)

Article 96
  • 1. The SFO, by virtue of its very vocation,
    ought to be ready to share its experience of
    evangelical life with the youth who feel
    attracted to Saint Francis of Assisi and to seek
    the means of adequately presenting it to them.
  • 2. The Franciscan Youth (YouFra), … is formed by
    those young people who feel called by the Holy
    Spirit to share the experience of the Christian
    life in fraternity, in the light of the message
    of Saint Francis of Assisi, deepening their own
    vocation within the context of the Secular
    Franciscan Order.
  • 3. The members of the Franciscan Youth consider
    the Rule of the SFO as an inspirational document
    for the growth of their own Christian and
    Franciscan vocation either individually or in a
    group. After a suitable period of formation, of
    at least one year, they confirm this option with
    a personal pledge before God and in the presence
    of the brothers and sisters.

  • 4. The members of the Franciscan Youth who wish
    to belong to the SFO should satisfy the
    requirements of the Rule, the Constitutions, and
    the Ritual of the SFO.
  • 5. The Franciscan Youth has a specific
    organization, methods of formation, and teaching
    methods adequate for the needs of the world of
    youth, according to the existing realities in the
    various countries. The national statutes of the
    Franciscan Youth should be approved by the
    respective national council of the SFO, or in its
    absence, by the Presidency of the International
    Council of the SFO.
  • 6. The Franciscan Youth, as a component of the
    Franciscan family, requests from the competent
    secular leaders and religious superiors,
    respectively, fraternal animation and spiritual

Some of the essential elements in YouFra
vocational journey are
  • To feel the call of the Holy Spirit to undergo,
    in fraternity, the experience of Christian life
  • Progressive discovery of St. Francis, his project
    of life and his values
  • Ecclesial and social presence, as condition to
    having concrete apostolic experiences.

The Franciscan Youth differs from other
Franciscan youth groups by      
  • The acceptance of the Rule of the SFO as an
    inspirational document
  • The personal and formal commitment made before
    God and the fraternity to live that inspiration
  • Belonging to the Franciscan Family and deepening
    their own vocation within the context of the
    Secular Franciscan Order

  • The accompaniment and animation provided by
    Secular Franciscans
  • Spiritual and Pastoral assistance
  • Its organisational structure and specific methods
    of formation for a vocational process which
    normally, but not necessarily, leads to the SFO
  • The proper National Statutes approved by the
    National Council of the SFO or, in its absence,
    by the Presidency of the CIOFS, which sets down
    the conditions to belong to the Franciscan Youth.

  • Vocational journey

Members of the YouFra deepen their own vocation
in the light of the message of St. Francis
through an itinerary of progressive formation.
Vocational discernment will be the main focus
during this journey. Normally, this vocational
journey is made up of the following stages
a) Initiation
b) Formation for the promise in the YouFra
c) Deepening the personal call
As a component part of the Franciscan Family,
linked in a special way to the SFO, each YouFra
fraternity should, in accordance with the General
Constitutions of the SFO, request
a) Fraternal animation from the authorities of
the Secular Franciscans
b) Spiritual assistance from the competent
religious Superiors .
Cf. Const. 96,6.
With regard to fraternal animation, the SFO
Fraternities, from among their responsibilities
related to YouFra, must
  • Promote the Franciscan youth, through
    appropriate initiatives and dynamics
  • Take care of the vitality and expansion of the
    YouFra Fraternities
  • Accompany the young in their process of human
    and spiritual growth, through proposals of
    activities and of thematic contents.

Cf. Const. 97,1
The Spiritual Assistant to the YouFra
In the document YouFra The journey of a
franciscan vocation, a basic document for the
YouFra, approved by the CIOFS Presidency in 2004,
we find the following in point 6
YouFra, as a component of the Franciscan Family,
needs spiritual assistance in order to guarantee
its fidelity to the franciscan charism, communion
with the Church and its unity with the Franciscan
As the delegate of his Major Superior, the
Assistant to the YouFra must give witness to the
franciscan religious spirituality and to the
fraternal love of the religious for the YouFra,
to the communion between the franciscan religious
and the Franciscan Youth Must be a guarantor
of the fidelity of the YouFra to the franciscan
charism, of their communion with the Church and
of the unity of the YouFra with the Franciscan
The document, YouFra The journey of a franciscan
vocation then continues by pausing on the
appointment and profile of the Assistants
  • The appointment of Spiritual Assistants pertains
    to the competent franciscan Major Superiors in an
    analogy with what is established in the Statutes
    for the Spiritual and Pastoral Assistance to the

In so far as is possible, the service of
assistance to the YouFra and SFO should be
carried out by the same person.
The Assistant must help the Fraternities to live
unity in diversity and to respect autonomies,
different ways of living fraternal life,
different formative methods, the way of holding
meetings or doing the various apostolic
activities, keeping in mind, however, that it is
certainly very nice and important to share some
moments of prayer, encounter, formation and
apostolic activities together in order to give
witness to the common mission.
Since it is a question of spiritual assistance to
the young in their vocational journey and of
deepening their vocation, the Assistant has the
very particular task of helping the young people
in their vocational discernment, which should be
based on an integral human, Christian and
franciscan formation.
The Assistant in the formation of the YouFra
The Assistant has a particular role in the area
of formation, that of cooperating with the
fraternal Animator and the Council of YouFra in
the formation of the young. However, the
responsibility of all the Fraternity of the
YouFra for the accompaniment of its members is
not diminished by the fact of having a Spiritual
Assistant and Fraternal Animator. The two figures
are complementary but do not substitute for the
work of the YouFra as a Council, as a Fraternity
and as people.
Cf. Const 97,2.
It is necessary for the Franciscan Youth to
receive a solid human, Christian and franciscan
formation in order to be able to live their
Christian life in Fraternity. They must be helped
to know franciscan spirituality and the
Franciscan Family better. It is a question,
therefore, of a more practical rather than a
theoretical formation, which is based on lived
experiences in the Fraternity and, as far as
possible, with other Franciscans, religious and
The Spiritual Assistant, in his cooperation with
the accompaniment of the young Franciscans, must
  • accompany the young in living their life
    according to the Gospel
  • help and accompany the young in the continuous
    conversion requested by the Gospel
  • know how to listen, wait, have patience and,
    above all, to love
  • enter into personal dialogue with the young, help
    them in their progress and, in a particular way,
    in their vocational discernment
  • collaborate in forming the young to the
    fulfilment of their mission in the Church and in