Presentation on theme: "PROFESSION in the Secular Franciscan Order"— Presentation transcript:
1PROFESSION in the Secular Franciscan Order Theological and Liturgical FoundationsFr. Richard Trezza, O.F.M.Pictures courtesy of Bob Stronach, SFO
2Profession: A gift of the Spirit The Spirit is in chargeDuring the rite of Profession, there is an intense dialogue between the candidate and GodThe liturgical moment gives us a chance to make a response to GodThe Profession liturgy is a “confession of faith”.Encarnita del Pozo, SFO; Minister GeneralGeneral Chapter – Hungary 2008
3The Grace of Profession We need God’s 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
4Profession: An Action of the Church Profession comes about through God’s intervention, who …Works through Jesus Christ, who …Works through the ChurchProfession is an ecclesial act … an event In God’s eternal time – kairosFr. Felice Cangelosi, OFM Cap giving his talk on Profession at the General Chapter in Hungary, 2008.
5Profession 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
6Ministries 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 ProfessionThe Fraternity makes the Church visibleThe priest witnesses the action of the Church, guarantees the suitability of the candidates and ratifies the promises made in the name of the ChurchFr. Felice Cangelosi, OFM Cap.
7The Spirit in the Celebration of Profession The Spirit accomplishes the “sanctification” of the candidatesDuring the ceremony, the Minister invokes the Spirit upon the candidatesProfession is an “epiclesis” – a New PentecostSome of the Chapter delegates at the Esztergom Cathedral – Hungary 2008
8Profession and the Eucharist The priest associates the promise of Profession with the Eucharistic sacrificeThe candidates give themselves as an oblation – gift to the LordThe candidates as priests and victims make themselves completely available to GodInternational, national and regional Spiritual Assistants at Mass in Budapest, Hungary 2008
9Baptism and Profession Baptism produces a consecrationBaptism configures a person to the Paschal mystery of Christ … dying and risingBaptism makes one a living member of the ChurchProfession gives the grace to help one live out this promiseFr. Felice making a point in his talk
10ConsecrationTo dedicate, to reserve something, to destine a person for God and His exclusive serviceIn Profession, a person places him/herself into the hands of God enabling Him to take hold of themThe person no longer belongs to him or herself but is at God’s total disposalThe professed becomes God’s propertyThe retired Franciscan Cardinal of Esztergom celebrates the Mass closing the year of St. Elizabeth of Hungary
11The Value of Profession in the SFO The SFO Profession is a true and proper profession according to the Church’s understandingThe 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
12After the Manner of St. Francis A Secular Franciscan promises to live out the Gospel as mediated by St. Francis by his example and instructionProfession puts before you the radical, light filled and joyful style in which Francis listens to the Gospel and commits himself to it.Fr. Felice’s exclamation point!
13Following ChristFor Francis, to follow Christ meant; following Christ’s 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