#FriarFriday – On the Move

#FriarFriday – On the Move

If you are a regular reader of the #FriarFriday posts, you know that there is a quartet of friars who take turns writing these short articles about Franciscan life. What you may not know is that three of these friar-authors—Jim, Michael, and Tom—all are on the move...
Nine Franciscans Profess First Vows

Nine Franciscans Profess First Vows

BURLINGTON, Wisc. — On August 2, 2017, nine men professed first vows in the novitiate chapel at St. Francis Friary here. As friars, friends, and sisters gathered together for this wonderful occasion, the tone of the day was set starting with the first reading....
#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,...
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...
New Assisi Shrine is Reminder to Shed Attachments

New Assisi Shrine is Reminder to Shed Attachments

ROME – Like St. Francis of Assisi did, the Catholic Church and individual Christians must follow Christ by imitating his willingness to give up everything for the sake of others, Pope Francis said.“Unfortunately, 2,000 years after the proclamation of the Gospel...

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