Dear brothers and sisters from OFS,
Peace and good!
Already with the enthusiasm of those who hosted the YOUFRA International Gathering and experienced the World Youth Day is that we would like to give a big thanks to all the fraternities of the Secular Franciscan Order of Brazil by the donations made to the international gathering of the Franciscan Youth. The collaboration of all of you was fundamental so that we could carry out this very important moment for the hike of the Franciscan youth in Brazil and in the world.
As our beloved Pope Francis told to Varginha Community in his discourse, at Manguinhos in Rio de Janeiro : It is important to know how to host; is anything cuter than any embellishment or decoration. This is so because when we are generous in welcoming a person and sharing something with him/her (a little food, a place in our house, our time) we are not poorer, but richer (...) ". It was in that spirit that the international gathering of the Franciscan youth was built and it is also with the simplicity of our Pope that we thank all your fraternities, from North to South of the country.
Thanks for all the support and commitment, because we have no doubt that success only happened because we had generous support of all of you. Make sure that the 200 young people from 19 countries present in São João Del Rei had the grace to share unique moments, with exchange of experience important to the future of the Franciscan Youth.
In the certainty that we are really in family and that the OFS has contributed immensely to strengthening the walk of our youth, so that increasingly we can be enchanted by the Franciscan charisma. We hope that our thanks and our gentle and affectionate hug are brought to all brother/ sister/each fraternity who volunteered to help. Thank you so much!
Ana Carolina Miranda, JUFRA (Local Coordinator of the Gathering)
Alex Sandro Bastos Ferreira, OFS/JUFRA (YOUFRA International Delegate)
Mayara Ingrid Sousa Lima, OFS/JUFRA (National Fraternal Secretary of YOUFRA Brazil)