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Novices Make First Vows

Novices Make First Vows

The profession of first vows by the Franciscan novices at Old Mission Santa Barbara July 2, 2020 — in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Laudato Si’ Petition for Pope Francis

Laudato Si’ Petition for Pope Francis

Pax Christi International’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative invites you to sign

An appeal to Pope Francis: The path of nonviolence toward a Laudato Si’ future

The message expresses our gratitude for Pope Francis’ leadership during this time of crisis and our belief that nonviolence is a crucial pillar in the foundation of the more just and sustainable post-pandemic world envisioned by Laudato Si’.

All are welcome to sign – Catholic religious communities, organizations, educational institutions, local communities and individuals.

The deadline for signatures is 31 July as we hope to deliver the message to Pope Francis early in August.

Please share the link to this message as widely as possible.  Thank you!

In peace,

Marie Dennis, OFS
Senior Advisor to the Secretary General
Co-President (2007-2019)
Pax Christi International

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Ladato Si’ Homily Helps

Ladato Si’ Homily Helps

A number of people, including Franciscan friars, have been working on reflections on the Sunday readings, with special reference to Ladato Si’.

The Catholic Climate Covenant and the Integral Faith Team (a working group of the Association of United States Catholic Priests) are delighted to make these resources available for homilists to help integrate the rich insights of Laudato Si’ and Christian care for creation into Sunday Mass. The “Homily Helps” include:

  • Highlights from the Scripture readings of the day
  • Relevant quotations from Laudato Si’
  • Brief commentary
  • Illustrations and anecdotes
  • Sample applications
  • Petitions to include in the Prayers of the Faithful
  • Bulletin notes

The Homily Helps can be found online, and you can also subscribe to get them through email. If you have questions or comments, please email

Join the Ladato Si’ Revolution

Join the Ladato Si’ Revolution

The Laudato Si’ Revolution is a global campaign whose aim is to encourage and promote integral ecological conversion, i.e. environmental, economic and social ecology.

The human and social dimensions are at the heart of our campaign, as we want the values of social and environmental justice, care and respect for creation and intergenerational solidarity to be part of our daily lives.

More information can be found in the video of our Minister General below and on this website.

Systemic Racism Must End: Statement from the US-6 OFM Provinces

Systemic Racism Must End: Statement from the US-6 OFM Provinces

A message from the US-6 provincial ministers: 

At a time when the COVID-19 virus has disproportionately attacked people of color, we have witnessed the killing of George Floyd and the protests, sometimes violent, which have occurred in our cities in its aftermath. Our hearts go out to all affected. 

Even though, following in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi, we decry violence and desire peace, we stand in solidarity with our outraged African American brothers and sisters who demand an end to the deadly violence of racism. We cannot be indifferent when their God-given dignity is violated. 

As people of faith, we not only condemn the systemic racism that has led to these events, but we also re-dedicate ourselves to ending racial injustice in our provinces, in our Church, and in our nation and creating that space where Dr. Martin Luther King’s Beloved Community will flourish. 

David Gaa, OFM, Provincial Minister of St. Barbara Province
James Gannon, OFM, Provincial Minister of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province
Kevin Mullen, OFM, Provincial Minister of Most Holy Name of Jesus Province
Thomas Nairn, OFM, Provincial Minister of Most Sacred Heart Province
Jack Clark Robinson, OFM, Provincial Minister of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province
Mark Soehner, OFM, Provincial Minister of St. John the Baptist Province

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