OFM English Speaking Conference
CFIT was founded in 2001 by the English Speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor. Although each of the 100 provinces of the world-wide Order of Friars Minor is autonomous in many respects, provinces are grouped into fourteen conferences that foster common goals and promote collaboration regarding Franciscan life and mission among all the provinces in a region.
The ESC is an exception among the conferences of the Order in that it is not confined to one geographic region, but is organized on the basis of language. The ESC comprises 14 entities located in North America (Canada and the United States) and Europe (Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, and the United Kingdom). The Province of Australia is an associate member of the Conference.
Within the structure of the Order, CFIT operates as a Secretariat of the ESC, which provides funding for its operations and to which it is responsible.