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The Interprovincial Chapter of the Third Order (IPTOC) along the Joint First Order Chapter (JFOC) are meeting at High Leigh, Hertfordshire, from 6th to 15th September. The Bishop Protector, Minister Provincial, Provincial Formation Guardian and Provincial Novice Guardian (Bishop Stephen, Jamie, Paul and Peter) will all be attending (as will John Lovatt, our Provincial Treasurer, as an observer) and among the business will be the election of a new Minister General of TSSF, in succession to Ken Norian, and the ratification of a new Constitution.

There will also be talks from Sam Wells, the Vicar of St Martin in the Fields, Markus Heinze of Franciscans International, Tibor Kauser (Minister General of OFS) and Paula Pierce (National Minister of OFS GB), Richenda Milton-Daws from Franciscan Aid and Paul Alexander, on the Francis Film.

Please pray for us.

Jamie Hacker Hughes (posted by the webmaster)

IPTOC 2017

IPTOC 2017

IPTOC 2017

IPTOC 2017

Election of Minister Provincial

Advance warning –

Nominations have not yet closed (30 hours to go) but there will be an election in order to discern which candidate will take on this important role of service to the Order. Voting papers will be send to Areas and put on the TSSF website later this week.

Area Teams may wish to plan how to ensure that all Professed Tertiaries are enabled to consider the candidates’ information and excercise their votes prayerfully, as they encouraged to do.

Voting will close at the end of Tuesday, 17th January 2017.

Chris Petrie (Returning Officer)
5th December 2016

Forming Franciscan Community

‘Forming Franciscan Community’ – Saturday 12th November 2016 in Berwick-upon-Tweed or Saturday 26th November in Manchester – is an opportunity to find encouragement and help in building up the life of the Order.

You may find more information, and the opportunity of booking a place, here (click to follow link). There was an earlier opportunity in London – see page 21 of Issue 8 (March 2016) of Little Portion.

New Chapter Members needed (updated)

A formal call for nominations has been sent to Areas for two posts to be filled before the October Chapter.

Anyone who feels that they may be called to sserve the Order is invited to read the documents provided and to contact me (as returning officer) by 19th August. A little more time is available for formal nominations provided I know by 19th August.

  1. The Provincial Secretary, Howard McFadyen, comes to the end of his 6-year term of office in February 2017. Chapter has asked for a 2-Chapter handover period for this important role. A formal job description has been sent out to Area contacts with the call for nominations. Howard has prepared an informal job description, which may be found here (click the link).
  2. The Link Tertiary for the North East and North West England Cluster, Jeremy Plummer, is standing down after 3 years and so will hand over to a successor at the October Chapter. The 5 Areas in the cluster (Cumbria and Lancashire, Mersey Valley, Borders, Newcastle, Durham) have been sent a call for nominations plus job description.

All professed Tertiaries are encouraged to consider prayerfully whether they might offer service to the Order as Provincial Secretary or perhaps to encourage a fellow-Tertiary to accept nomination.

The same applies to Tertiaries in the North East and North West England Cluster for the office of Link Tertiary.

Ask your Area Teams for details or contact me (as returning officer) and I can send you information. The doccuments will also be put on the web at soon.

Chris Petrie, 13th July 2016

Sections of the Chapter Handbook


New documents on Safeguarding are available on the website; these have been updated slightly, July 2017:


A section of the Chapter Handbook of Sept 2014, Safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children,  was provided as a separate document in May 2016; this is superseded by the October 2016 documents.

Equality and Diversity

A section of the Chapter Handbook of Sept 2014, Equality and Diversity Policy was provided as a separate document in May 2016.

See also the Chapter Handbook page,

The separate sections from the Chapter Handbook were provided in response to a request from an Area. We acknowledge that the Chapter Handbook is a large document and its section headings are not found by searches of the website. The topics here can be found by a search of the website for “safeguarding” or “diversity”. 

Repeat call for nominations, by 27 Apr.

There were no nominations received for the post of Link Tertiary for the London and South East England Cluster. Professed Tertiaries in the five Areas involved

  • London East & Essex South
  • London South
  • London West
  • Canterbury
  • Kent West

are invited prayerfully to consider whether they may be called to offer themselves for this office.Nominations close on Wednesday 27 April. You may use the original nomination form or a revised one with the new closing date: London_SouthEast_LinkTertiary_Nomination_Apr2016

Do discuss with any TSSF officers (contact details are in TON, including for the retiring Link Tertiary, John Wiltshire).

Further information and links to the documents are on the TSSF website.