Mark Soehner, OFM, the provincial minister of St. John the Baptist Province speaks about the BLM protests.
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.
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
Franciscans International, the NGO of the Franciscan Family at the United Nations, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary. As the Minister General of the OFM Franciscans, Michael Perry, OFM, observes in this video, it was the Franciscan values of peace, poverty and planet that led us to the United Nations, where we have worked tirelessly to include them in UN discussions, documents and activities.
We invite you to look through through this reader-friendly booklet which presents the history of our common Franciscan ministry at the United Nations.
The booklet tells stories of struggles and achievements that were possible thanks to many of our Franciscan Sisters and Brothers working at the grassroots level as well as those working in the different FI offices, including our committed staff.
In these challenging times caused by the coronavirus, we also don’t want to forget the countless people that suffer of injustices and violence and whose dignity is not respected. At FI we continue to be in touch with Franciscans and other partners at the grassroots and we have already released statements on Covid-19 and human rights as well as Covid-19 and its intersection with extreme poverty and environmental justice.
You can download the booklet using the links below in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. We also encourage you to share it widely with anyone you feel might be interested in our common ministry.
The Franciscans invite people of faith around the United States to join in a national time of prayer and remembrance from May 29 to June 1 for the more than 100,000 people who have died from COVID-19.
Places of worship from many faiths are seeking to memorialize the dead during liturgies and religious services over the weekend, and invite local officials to call for lowering of flags, a moment of silence or the ringing of bells at noon on Monday, June 1 to acknowledge this grim pandemic milestone.
This initiative, which was initiated by the evangelical social justice organization Sojourners, has been endorsed by many religious groups.
“We will ask God to help heal our land with a moment of mourning and honoring those many who have died, often without their loved ones around them,” the call to lament and mourn states.
“Our lament will also honor hard truths we have learned during this pandemic: our suffering has been unequal, elders have been vulnerable and alone, black and brown neighbors have borne disproportionately both the brunt of sickness and death and having been drafted to the front lines of fighting this disease. Native communities, our land’s original caretakers, have been particularly hard hit— as they have been so many times in the past. Asian Americans have been targeted by hateful words and actions.”
Thank you for reaching out to your religious and civic leaders to encourage them to participate in this very necessary time of national mourning.
SILVER SPRING, Md. – A group of men from diverse cultural, educational and employment backgrounds was welcomed into the 2019-20 postulancy program last month by provincial ministers, vocation directors, and friars.
The postulancy is the first step of Franciscan formation. It is a time when a man lives with friars and discerns whether he wishes to continue to the novitiate at the end of the year.
The 14 postulants, ages 22 to 45, were accepted into the program at an Aug. 22 ceremony held at the Holy Name College chapel here.
The postulants have “a wonderful diversity, “ according to Friar Charley Miller, OFM, a member of the postulancy leadership team. “They come from several Christian traditions, and a variety of cultural and educational backgrounds,” he said.
In his homily based on Jeremiah and Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus, Holy Name Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, reminded the new postulants that their Franciscan call builds on their core vocation as baptized Christians. He said that it “doesn’t separate us from other Christians, but calls us to stand with them and for them.”
Charley said that Kevin pointed out that the postulants’ future as friars would be quite different from what existed in the past and what currently exists, and that they would not be alone as builders of that future Church and Order.
After the ceremony, the new postulants each were asked to proclaim a single word that, for them, sums up the meaning of Francis. Descriptions included “radical,” “peace,” “joyful,” “disciple,” “helper,” “universal,” “devoted,” “compassion” and “fraternity,” according to Charley.
Three of the newly-welcomed postulants led the music liturgy, and the celebration ended with 40 voices strongly and passionately singing “We Are Called.”
The 2019-20 postulants are:
Tim, 44, is from Lynchburg, Ohio. He attended Southern State Community College in Hillsboro, Ohio, and came to know the friars by seeing a yard sign inviting men to become friars at St. Anthony Shrine.
John, 39, is fromTulsa, Oklahoma, where he worked as a crane operator for a construction company. He found the friars by searching websites.
Kevin, 22, is from Broadview Heights, Ohio, and graduated from St. Bonaventure University.
Patrick, 38, is from Syracuse, New York. He did his undergraduate studies at NYU in New York City and attended graduate school in San Francisco. While living in New Mexico, he got to know the friars and their ministries, which led him to apply to be a friar.
Leo, 42, is from San Francisco, California.
William, 25, is fromTampa, Florida. He is graduate of Pepin Academy in Tampa and came to know the friars because the late Friar Rock Travnikar, OFM, was a friend of his family.
Tyler, 21, is from Hershey, Pennsylvania, and is a St. Bonaventure University graduate.
Jimmy, 21, is from Syracuse, New York, and is a St. Bonaventure University graduate.
Chukwuma Raphael Obadike
Chukwuma, 23, is from New Jersey and studied at University of Port Harcourt. He served in the Franciscan Volunteer Minister in Durham, North Carolina.
Daniel, 26, is from Brecksville, Ohio and graduated from Walsh University, in Cleveland, Ohio. He met the friars: though browsing online.
Daniel, 28, is from Atlanta, Georgia, and is a graduate of the University of South Carolina.
Juan Luis Guerrero
Juan Luis, 39, is from Los Angeles, California, where he graduated from Santa Barbara Community College. Juan Luis met the friars at the Anaheim Religious Education Congress in 2016.
Phillip, 28, is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and is graduate of Elder High School there. He connected with the friars through Vocations Placement Services.
Joan, 31, is from San Jose, California where he attended Evergreen College. He sas a parishioner at Our lady of Guadalupe Parish in San Jose while Friar Javier Reyes, OFM, was pastor
In addition to Kevin, other provincial minister participants at the ceremony included Friar Jack Clark Robinson, OFM, of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, Friar James Gannon, OFM, of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province, and Friar Mark Soehner, OFM, of St. John the Baptist Province.
In addition to Charley, the postulant team comprises Friar John Gutiérrez, OFM, of St. Barbara Province; Friar Walter Liss, OFM, of Holy Name Province; and Friar Rommel Pérez, OFM, of Sacred Heart Province.
Earlier in August, 11 men were received into the Franciscan Novitiate, the phase of Franciscan formation that follows postulancy.