At a recent meeting of the brothers of the (now former) Australia / New Zealand Province, Chapter resolved to adopt a new name for the province. The province will now be known as the Province of the Divine Compassion.
Over the last few years the province has expanded with brothers now living and ministering in Korea and Sri Lanka. The former Korean Franciscan Brotherhood was recently received into membership in the Society of St Francis – now with two life professed brothers and two novices. Br Lionel returned to his home in Sri Lanka and is nurturing interest in Franciscan charism there.
The name change was needed to reflect the growth in the province outside of Australia and New Zealand. The choice of Divine Compassion has its links back to the early days of the formation of Anglican Franciscan religious life. One of the communities that formed the Society of St Francis as the Society of the Divine Compassion.