May 7-13, 2017, about 120 sisters and brothers from all over the world came together in Assisi for the General Assembly of the International Franciscan Conference – Third Order Regular.
The Conference began with a multi-lingual prayer service at the Portiuncula. The Bishop from Assisi welcomed the Assembly. Sister Christa Maria and Sister M. Rita participated in the General Assembly.
The theme of the conference was "Make a Dwelling." Sister Maria Elena Martinez facilitated the conference. Sister Ramona Miller gave input on the four values of the Third Order Regular Rule: Evangelical Conversion, Prayer, Poverty, and Humility.
There was a panel of three reflectors to respond and discuss to the presentation of Sister Ramona daily. This was followed by circle group discussion in smaller language groups. Later the group reported to the plenum the result of the discussions.
Sister Deborah Lockwood the president was re-elected to serve for four years. The other newly elected councilors: Sr. M. Magdalena Schmitz, Sr. Dolores Caneo, Sr. Joanne Brazinski, Br. Franco Kannampuzha and Sr. Benigna Aoko.
The General Assembly was concluded with Eucharist celebration and the installation of the new council.