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Contact our Region Formation Director
Joanne Malick, OFS

Regional Formation Handbook

FUN Manual English PDF   FUN Manual Spanish PDF

Application for OFS Membership  Word  PDF

Formation Materials from
The National Formaton Commission

Franciscan Intellectual Tradition
The Original Sources

Formation Fridays

Pray the Liturgy of the Hours


CIOFS Formation Secretariat

Thematic Guide for Formation

Ongoing Formation Presentation

Diane Menditto, OFS

Five Centenaries (Greccio to the Transitus)
More information will follow

Formation Director workshop
March 16, 2024
10 AM to 12 Noon
Register on form sent to you!


Formation Director workshop
December 2, 2023
9:30 AM- 12PM



 Upcoming: Morning of Prayer and Formation for Local Formation Directors & Teams
November 19, 2022

Come and See!
on Zoom
August 17, 2022
If you are interested, contact
Jim Andreano
to register.

Special Formation Session
All Inquirers and Candidates

Saturday, June 25, 2022
10AM to 12PM
on Zoom
PDF Slides
PDF Slides with notes

Local Formation Director Zoom Meeting
January 29, 2022
Meeting Notes PDF


40th Anniversary of the Rule

Video: History of the Rule

Letter regarding the Rule from our Minister General PDF

Letter from our National Minister

Bro. Kip Ledger, OFM Cap.
Theological Reflection

Focus Questions

June 15
Initial Formation Class

September 21
Formation Workshop
Letter and flyer PDF


Franciscan Intellectual Tradition

The Original Sources


Basic Reading Material for
Aspirants and Inquirers (Digests) PDF


Secular Franciscan Habit from CIOFS

Cluster Formation Workshop
The Prayer Life of the Secular Franciscan

Handouts: OFS Prayer Life PDF; Lectio PDF;
Recommended Reading PDF

Forming the Formator Workshop materials



North Jersey Cluster 10-1-2016
Cluster Formation Class 10 AM-112 PM
Invitation Letter PDF

Year of Mercy
Letter from General Minister Tibor Kauser, OFS  PDF

Resources for the Year of Mercy
Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy
This is the document written by the Pope Francis. It is not long and is easy to read.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops resources page

Pontifical Council for Promotion of the New Evangelization
Lots of books to use as resources

The Hour of Mercy Website—published and maintained by two Secular Franciscans—John Clem, OFS and Tom Bello, OFS (our former National Minister)

Mercy Hour Facebook page

Year of Mercy resources from the Archdiocese of Newark

We will add other links and resources as they become available!

Papal Encyclical
Laudato Sì

Concise Guide to Laudato Sì
from America Magazine
Top Ten Takeaways

from America Magazine
Article by Fr. Dan Horan, OFM

from America Magazine
Global Catholic Climate Movement website

Laudato Sì Presentation at our Chapter of Ministers

(Ed Wojciechowski)
PowerPoint   PDF

Bl. Junipero Serra
Excerpts from Primary Documents PDF
Discussion questions

Forming the Formators Workshop-2015
Presentations and Handouts

Prayer for Consecrated Life

Formation Texts and Resources 2014 PDF

National - International Formation News

Celebrating the 800th Anniversary of the birth of
St. Louis, King of France, Co-Patron of our Order
Letter from our Minister General PDF
Introduction and Theme PDF
Prayer for the Jubilee Year PDF
Music PDF  Hymn Lyrics PDF

You may type in your fraternity's information and print copies!

Formation Materials from
The National Formaton Commission


Click on the desired link:
FUN Manual English PDF
FUN Manual Spanish PDF

International Fraternity (CIOFS) Ongoing Formation Project

Letter Regarding Project: Word  PDF


Region Formation Workshop May 16, 2015 PDF
Second Call for Formation Workshop PDF


JPIC and the Formation Process
All workshops 9:30 AM to 3 PM
See Region Calendar for details

Central Jersey Cluster
Saturday, September 28, 2012 at St. Matthias in Somerset, NJ

North Jersey Cluster
Saturday, October 6, 2012 at St. Francis in Hackensack, NJ

Westchester Cluster
Saturday, December 8, 2012 at St. Mary's in Mt. Vernon

Manhattan Cluster
Saturday, March 2, 2012 at St. John the Baptist W. 31st Street, NY, NY


Formation Manual Workshop (Jan. 20-22, 2012)
Formation Manual Workshop Pictures!

Formation Manual Resources and Presentations given at Workshop

  • Workshop Introduction-Bob Fitzsimmons, OFS                        PDF   PowerPoint PPT

  • Practical Tips for Formators-Diane Menditto, OFS                   PDF  PPT

  • Cooperative Learning Activities - Kwantlen Polytechnic University
    This link takes you to a large Word document prepared by Alice Macpherson
    Coordinator, The Centre for Academic Growth


  • Ecclesiology-Fr. Richard Trezza, OFM                                      PDF  PPT

  • Vocation, Mission and Charism-Bob Fitzsimmons, OFS            PDF  PPT

  • Understanding Franciscan Spirituality-Bob Fitzsimmons, OFS PDF  PPT

  • Conversion-Ron Pihokker, OFS                                                PDF  PPT

Formation Workshop letter and Registration  January 2012
Letter PDF Registration Form PDF


Region Formation-2011
Formation Classes for 2011 PDF

Letter and Registration form for December Class PDF
Formation Survey for 2011   Word  PDF


Region Formation-2010
Formation Update August 2010 PDF
Profession in the SFO: Gift and Commitment
Br. Felice Cangelosi, OFM Cap
Talk given at the CIOFS General Chapter
Formation Survey Introductory Letter PDF
Formation Survey for 2010 PDF
May 1, 2010 Region Formation Meeting 9-3
Flyer    Directions   Agenda  


Region Retreat & Candidates Retreat: August 27-29, 2010
Letter from our Minister regarding retreat PDF
Retreat Application PDF
Candidates Retreat Application PDF


Formation in the Secular Franciscan Order (PDF)


Region Formation Events-2009

Initial Formation Retreat September 11-13, 2009
Updated Registration Information
Letter to Formation Directors: PDF  Word
Registration Form and Details:  PDF  Word
Information for Formation Directors: PDF  Word

Registration Packet
(Includes Information sheet, Registration Form and Directions)
PDF  Word

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Updated  3-2-24
Our Lady of the Angels Region 2019-2025


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