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Title: PROFESSION in the Secular Franciscan Order


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PROFESSION in the Secular Franciscan Order
  • Theological and Liturgical Foundations
  • Fr. Richard Trezza, O.F.M.
  • Pictures courtesy of Bob Stronach, SFO

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Profession A gift of the Spirit
The Spirit is in charge During the rite of
Profession, there is an intense dialogue between
the candidate and God The liturgical moment
gives us a chance to make a response to God The
Profession liturgy is a confession of
faith. Encarnita del Pozo, SFO Minister
General General Chapter Hungary 2008
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The Grace of Profession
We need Gods grace to dedicate ourselves to the
service of His Kingdom. One cannot serve the
Kingdom without recognizing the role of the
Spirit in life.
Benedetto Lino, SFO, General Councillor and
author of the Syllabus for the New Formation
Manual
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Profession An Action of the Church
Profession comes about through Gods
intervention, who Works through Jesus Christ,
who Works through the Church Profession is an
ecclesial act an event In Gods eternal time
kairos Fr. Felice Cangelosi, OFM Cap giving
his talk on Profession at the General Chapter in
Hungary, 2008.
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Profession and Fraternity
The local fraternity makes the action and the
presence of the Church visible. Profession must
be celebrated in the presence of the fraternity
the privileged place. As a result of Profession,
the fraternity receives a gift from God in the
persons of the newly professed.
The newly elected General Council CIOFS
General Chapter 2008
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Ministries in the Celebration of Profession
The Candidates by their sacraments of Initiation
exercise their priestly role in profession. The
local Minister invokes the Holy Spirit and
receives the Profession The Fraternity makes the
Church visible The priest witnesses the action
of the Church, guarantees the suitability of the
candidates and ratifies the promises made in the
name of the Church
Fr. Felice Cangelosi, OFM Cap.
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The Spirit in the Celebration of Profession
The Spirit accomplishes the sanctification of
the candidates During the ceremony, the Minister
invokes the Spirit upon the candidates Profession
is an epiclesis a New Pentecost
Some of the Chapter delegates at the Esztergom
Cathedral Hungary 2008
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Profession and the Eucharist
The priest associates the promise of Profession
with the Eucharistic sacrifice The candidates
give themselves as an oblation gift to the
Lord The candidates as priests and victims make
themselves completely available to God
International, national and regional Spiritual
Assistants at Mass in Budapest, Hungary 2008
9
Baptism and Profession
Baptism produces a consecration Baptism
configures a person to the Paschal mystery of
Christ dying and rising Baptism makes one a
living member of the Church Profession gives the
grace to help one live out this promise
Fr. Felice making a point in his
talk
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Consecration
To dedicate, to reserve something, to destine a
person for God and His exclusive service In
Profession, a person places him/herself into the
hands of God enabling Him to take hold of
them The person no longer belongs to him or
herself but is at Gods total disposal The
professed becomes Gods property
The retired Franciscan Cardinal of Esztergom
celebrates the Mass closing the year of St.
Elizabeth of Hungary - 2008
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The Value of Profession in the SFO
The SFO Profession is a true and proper
profession according to the Churchs
understanding The SFO Profession has the dignity
of a solemn and religious commitment and cannot
be considered inferior to that of religious
although the two are different in content due to
the multiple action of divine grace in a
diversity of charisms.
Encarnita del Pozo, SFO, Minister General,
distributes bread at end of Mass closing out the
celebratory year of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
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After the Manner of St. Francis
A Secular Franciscan promises to live out the
Gospel as mediated by St. Francis by his example
and instruction Profession puts before you the
radical, light filled and joyful style in which
Francis listens to the Gospel and commits himself
to it.
Fr. Felices exclamation point!
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Following Christ
For Francis, to follow Christ meant following
Christs poverty, humility, His very life, His
precepts, His doctrine, His will, His goodness,
following the spirit of the Scriptures, following
the Good Shepherd and following in the footsteps
of Christ.
Fr. Ivan Matic, OFM, General OFM Spiritual
Assistant Fr. Richard Trezza, OFM, Provincial
Spiritual Assistant, Holy Name Province Fr.
Trujillo Cano, TOR, General TOR Spiritual
Assistant at the Mass in Esztergom, Hungary - 2008
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