|Instituted by Capuchin Tertiaries
VATICAN CITY, 8 MAY 2006 (ZENIT)
Here is a description of the
Amigonian Cooperators, which appears in the Directory of International
Associations of the Faithful, published by the Pontifical Council for
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Official Name: Amigonian Cooperators
History: The Amigonian Cooperators was instituted by the Capuchin
Tertiaries (Amigonian Fathers). Their work among the laity following the
charism of the Capuchin Bishop Luis Amigo y Ferrer (1854-1934) dates
back to 1937.
On Dec. 8, 1992, the Pontifical Council for the Laity decreed
recognition of the Amigonian Cooperators as an international association
of the faithful of pontifical right.
Identity: The identity of the Amigonian Cooperators, set out in the
"Life Project," takes the form of a commitment to the rehabilitation of
children in conflict with the law and the courts, and care for young
people with deviant attitudes and who are in a state of material and
The supreme model for the way they live and act is Jesus, the good
Shepherd, who knows and loves all of his sheep. They learn from Our Lady
of Sorrows, who understands and reaches out to all those who suffer, to
understand and to reach out to all those who feel abandoned. As members
of the Franciscan Family, like St. Francis they live a life marked by
its simplicity and charity.
Organization: The Amigonian Cooperators are organized into local groups,
each of which has its own council, comprising a president, vice
president/secretary, bursar, one delegate for every 10 members, and a
The supreme governing body of the groups is the General Assembly made up
of all the full members. The ultimate responsibility for the
association, whose work is coordinated by a General Delegate, is the
Father General of the Congregation of Capuchin Tertiaries.
Membership: The Amigonian Cooperators are present as Capuchin Tertiaries
in 20 countries as follows: Africa (1), Asia (1), Europe (4), North
America (6), and South America (8).
Web site: www.amigonianos.org
Headquarters: Cooperatori Amigoniani
c/o Curia Generalizia dei Religiosi Terziari Cappuccini
Via Blumenstihl, 28/36
Tel. [+39] 063055931
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Libreria Editrice Vaticana [adapted]