#FriarFriday – A Franciscan on Vacation

#FriarFriday – A Franciscan on Vacation

I went on a wonderful, beautiful vacation this summer. Why, then, was I so uncomfortable? It has been two years now since my mother died. This summer, my dad invited the whole family on an Alaskan cruise. My four brothers, their wives, and all ten grandchildren were...
#FriarFriday – Reconsidering the Habit

#FriarFriday – Reconsidering the Habit

The distinctive external symbol of Franciscans friars is the iconic brown habit – the tunic, hood and white cord with three knots. When someone sees someone in the habit, they know immediately that that person is a Franciscan friar. After the Second Vatican Council,...
#FriarFriday — Viva Cuba Libre

#FriarFriday — Viva Cuba Libre

A couple of weeks ago, I was able to visit the country of Cuba as part of a delegation of eight US friars on a mission trip. We spent a week with the Franciscans friars in that country and were able to visit the city of Havana and the towns of Remedios and Trinidad....
Discussing New Forms of Franciscan Life

Discussing New Forms of Franciscan Life

CHICAGO – A group of solemnly professed friars, ranging in age from their early 30s to mid-80s, met here recently to discuss the General Secretariat for Missions and Evangelization’s document, Ite, Nuntiate…Guidelines for the New Forms of Life and Mission...
#FriarFriday — The Mirrored One

#FriarFriday — The Mirrored One

In the thirteenth century, St. Clare of Assisi left her family to join St. Francis’s movement. Being a cloistered nun, she was not allowed to leave her enclosure at San Damiano, just below the town of Assisi. She did, however, write letters. One woman to whom she...

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