An Annual Franciscan Gathering for Youth 18 to 30

Labour Day weekend, August 31 to Sept 2 2018

Rich in His Poverty was the theme of the 15th Fête des tentes that Arlene van Zyl, Agnieszka Pal, Maria Lich, and Vinosa Mary, our four FMM sisters were able to attend.  The theme is a reference to the letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians: “for you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”(2 Cor. 8:9)  We attended several workshops during the weekend open to French-speaking young people interested in the Franciscan spirituality.  We addressed the topics of voluntary simplicity, the religious vow of poverty, Laudato Si, & poverty in the bible.  It was a joyful opportunity to share with other Franciscan religious communities also present and with young people passionate about their faith.  A spring of thanksgiving is what remains in my heart after this experience. 

Arlene van Zyl, fmm