The Order of the Friars Minor is composed of friars, who are incorporated in Provinces and Custodies and governed by the Minister General with his Definitory (Council) The Rule of the Friars Minor confirmed by Pope Honorius III (1223) is the basis of the life and the laws of the Order.
The Order is present in 110 countries and is organized in 103 Provinces, 8 autonomous Custodies, 14 dependent Custodies, 20 Foundations and 1 Federation. The Provinces and autonomous Custodies are governed respectively by the Provincial Minister and his Definitory, by the Custodian and his Council, elected by the Provincial or Custodial Chapter. The Provinces of one or more geographical areas form a Conference. In the Order of Friars Minor there are 14 Conferences of Provincial Ministers.
"...and I started thinking how short sometimes we fall in living the gospel."
Father Michael Perry, OFM
The Order of the Friars Minor (OFM)
Pope Francis meeting our OFM Minister General, Fr. Michael Perry in October 2013.