St. Francis of Assisi’s 120th successor visits PH
Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM (left) welcome Fr. Michael Anthony Perry, OFM (right) at the airport. OFM FRANCISCANS’ FB PAGE
By Mark Joy G. Basallajes
Feb. 18, 2019
Fr. Michael Anthony Perry, OFM, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor (OFM) recently visited his brothers in the Philippines for the first time after he was elected.
Arriving in the country on Feb. 15, Perry talked and met young friars from the different provinces in Asia who were also in the country for a gathering. The head of the Franciscan Order also met with mission directors at the first Asian Mission Congress held in Tagaytay City, engaging in a dialogue with formators and members of the Definitors of the Philippine Province of San Pedro Bautista.
‘To encourage my brothers’
“The priority of my visit is to help encourage my brothers in life, hope, joy and encourage passion for the Gospel, passion for love of the people of God and for all of creation,” said the priest.
He added that his second priority are the brothers. “I came to visit the brothers, to share time with them, to listen, particularly the young friars under ten (under ten years as Franciscans) … [to] hear their story about how things are going.”
Perry also expressed the hope that the brothers may be filled with joy and hope.
He also expects the brothers to help the order strengthen its presence in Asia, amid the challenges and scandals in the Church, and to be more faithful to living the Gospel.
Prior to his visit, Perry came from Bangkok, Thailand for a meeting with all the provincial superiors in Asia.
He ended his visit on Feb. 20.