A Brief Introduction Of The Order Of Friar Minor Conventuals.

25 jan 2021

The Order of Friars Minor Conventuals is a community of men who are consecrated in obedience, without anything of their own and in perfect chastity for the sake of Christ and His Gospel. It springs from the Franciscan First Order founded in 1209.The conventuals follow a Rule of life of 1223 as the ideal of St.Francis of Assisi, an Italian who moved by Jesus Christ, left the world of affluence and sought to follow the path of the wretched that lived among the lepers of his hometown. A constitution guides the lives of the friars in their day to day engagements within the community, the church, and the world. In Africa the Order is located in East, Central and West Africa where the common bond of fraternity thrives. A way of life characterizes the duties the friars partake in their various jurisdictions united under a Minister General who resides at the Sacro Convento friary in Rome. In the friary, the friars participate in the daily liturgy of the hours and mass. Living among the poor and the rich alike the friars live in community, in Ecclesiastical support of the Holy See, guided by The Holy Spirit and statutes. Together with their brothers in various parts of the world the conventuals in Africa aim at bringing Christ to human lives.

Rivortorto Friary

In Africa’s savanna climate close to the equatorial rainforest particularly in Zambia is found a home of friars. It houses souls consecrated and undergoing spiritual and academic formation at St Bonaventure College in Lusaka the capital city of Zambia. This is the home of conventuals presently from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Burkina Faso and Zambia. Under the care of their formators the students live in close union with Jesus Christ and also devote time for study in pursuit of a Bachelors degree in Philosophy and Diplomas in Religious studies and Formation {Psycho-spirituality}. Deep fraternal life characterizes the life at Rivortoto where chores, sorrows and joys are shared. Equipped with facilities to make life livable, Rivortoto is indeed a home where friars minor each day seek the Truth which they drink from the fountain of God’s Wisdom especially through scriptural reflection and meditation culminated in the summit of prayer that is the daily Eucharistic celebration. At St. Bonaventure College, together with other religious, the conventuals from Rivortoto friary participate in the college life characterized by rigorous studies, sports, manual work, social events and prayer. We friars desire one thing, to preach the Gospel and if necessary use words, as our founder St. Francis taught us .Echoing his words, we desire to do good while we still have time .Do you feel called to the Conventual way of life? Visit for more information.

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