This current year is highly significant for us. Precisely 800 years ago, during the Chapter of Pentecost celebrated at Saint Mary of the Angels, in the Portiuncula, Assisi, our Order opened up its vision to the missionary and universal dimension. In that occasion the Chapter decided to send friars in all the regions of the known world, as witnesses of fraternity and peace.
It was on that occasion that a group of friars was sent to the regions "beyond the sea".
Their leader was brother Elias of Cortona. They founded a Franciscan Province, which was initially known as the Province of Outremer or Syria.
The image of the miniature "Arrival of Saint Francis in the Holy Land" used for the production of the logo is taken from the Major Legend of Saint Bonaventure (382). With the kind concession of the Historical Institute of the Capuchins - Franciscan Museum - Rome.