List of Ministers General of the Order of Friars Minor

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This is a list of the ministers general of the Order of Friars Minor.

Order of Friars Minor male order in the Catholic Church

The Order of Friars Minor is a mendicant Catholic religious order, founded in 1209 by Francis of Assisi. The order adheres to the teachings and spiritual disciplines of the founder and of his main associates and followers, such as Clare of Assisi, Anthony of Padua, and Elizabeth of Hungary, among many others. The Order of Friars Minor is the largest of the contemporary First Orders within the Franciscan movement.


Ministers General up to 1517

Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), portrait by Giacomo Cavedone, ca. 1660 Giacomo Cavedone - Sao Francisco.jpg
Francis of Assisi (1182–1226), portrait by Giacomo Cavedone, ca. 1660
Bonaventure (1221-1274), portrait by Vittore Crivelli (c1440-1501) Vittore Crivelli - Saint Bonaventure.jpg
Bonaventure (1221–1274), portrait by Vittore Crivelli (c1440-1501)
Francis of Assisi Catholic saint and founder of the Franciscan Order

Saint Francis of Assisi, born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone, informally named as Francesco, was an Italian Catholic friar, deacon and preacher. He founded the men's Order of Friars Minor, the women's Order of Saint Clare, the Third Order of Saint Francis and the Custody of the Holy Land. Francis is one of the most venerated religious figures in history.

Giovanni Parenti, O.F.M. was an Italian Friar Minor and successor of St. Francis of Assisi as head of the Order.

Elias of Cortona was born, it is said, at Bevilia near Assisi, ca. 1180; he died at Cortona, 22 April 1253. He was among the first to join St. Francis of Assisi in his newly founded Order of Friars Minor.

During the Great Schism, the following ministers general headed the order in the Roman obedience:

Western Schism split within the Catholic Church from 1378 to 1417

The Western Schism, also called Papal Schism, Great Occidental Schism and Schism of 1378, was a split within the Catholic Church lasting from 1378 to 1417 in which two, by 1410 three, men simultaneously claimed to be the true pope, each excommunicated one another. Driven by politics rather than any theological disagreement, the schism was ended by the Council of Constance (1414–1418). For a time these rival claims to the papal throne damaged the reputation of the office.

At the same time, the following presided over the order in the obedience of Avignon:

After the conclusion of the schism, the order was reunited under Antonio Vinitti.

Ministers General of the Friars Minor (OFM)

Ministers General of the Conventuals (OFM Conv.)

General Vicars and Ministers General of the Capuchins (OFMcap)

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