franciscansinternThe Franciscan Brothers’ 14th decade began with Pope John Paul II’s establishment of the Congregation as an Institute of Pontifical Right and the approval of the revised Constitutions in 1989.  This complemented the global awareness of the Brothers since Franciscan formed national and international federations.  The Brothers helped establish a Franciscan presence at the United Nations and fostered inter-Franciscan dialogue.  New projects were undertaken in St. Louis and Raleigh.  Traditional institutions sought to expand global awareness and Franciscan consciousness.  Collaboration, a hallmark of the Brothers, engaged in a process of bringing the Franciscan spirit to the approaching millennium.