The formation proposed by the Order of Friars Minor implies specific attention to the friars living the first years after solemn profession, commonly called Under Ten. Among the various specific proposals, for some years, a Chapter of Mats has been organized dedicated to these friars, with the participation of Under Ten friars from all over the world, together with the Minister General with his Definitory. So far four of these chapters have been celebrated: in Santiago de Compostela (Spain, 1995); in Canindé (Brazil, 2001); in the Holy Land (2007); in Zapopan / Guadalajara (Mexico, 2012).
The next Under-Ten Chapter will take place from July 7-14, 2019 in Taizé (France) and the theme will be "Friars in Dialogue".
To ensure that all the Under Ten of the Order can participate in this time of grace, the chapter work will be divided into three phases: pre-chapter, chapter, post-chapter, structured according to the model: "see", "judge", "act". While the Chapter which will take place in Taizé will involve only the participation of a few representatives for each Entity of the Order, pre-Chapters and post-Chapters will be held in the Entities themselves, involving all the Under Ten friars. The Chapter of Taizé will also be accessible to everyone, in its essential moments, on this website.
We are already entrusting this preparation of our Under Ten Chapter to the intercession of the Holy Virgin Mary, daughter and servant of the Supreme King, to that of Father Saint Francis and of Saint Clare, and to the prayer of all the friars.