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

Election result: Provincial Secretary (November 2016)

The Provincial Secretary elect is Martin Allen. He will take up office at the end of the Provincial Chapter in February.

Votes cast:
Martin Allen    229 votes
Garry Ward      153 votes
382 votes out of 1786 possible were cast, 21.39% of those eligible (disappointing but in line with several recent elections).

TSSF owes a debt of gratitude to both candidates for offering themselves for this service.

Chris Petrie, Returning Officer, 12th Nov 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 http://tssf.org.uk/resources/information/nominations-for-chapter-office-holders/ soon.

Chris Petrie, 13th July 2016

Sacred Land – Aberdaron, 7th-9th Oct 2016

A weekend in North Wales on our care for creation is being organized by Tim Higgins TSSF. Details are on the flier linked to this post – click here to see or download it.

Find yourself in this enchanted landscape guided and connected to the life of the Earth’s Great Story with
Martin Palmer, BBC broadcaster and author
Mary Colwell, Film Producer, specialist in nature and the environment

For further details about the weekend programme or to book, contact Tim Higgins, tim.tssf@gmail.com, telephone: 01758 770 303
For advice on accommodation contact Peter Hewlett, Edge of Wales, enquiries@edgeofwaleswalk.co.uk telephone: 01758 760 652.