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In memory of Br Finian McGinn, OFM

In memory of Br Finian McGinn, OFM

The Franciscan family mourns the death of Br. Finian McGinn who died 25 July 2019 in Vista California. Br. Finian was 84 years old, 66 years Professed, and 59 years Ordained. He served as Provincial Minister for the Province of Santa Barbara (California, USA) and...

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Franciscan Friars to Gather in Denver

Franciscan Friars to Gather in Denver

DENVER -- Four hundred Franciscan friars will gather here next week for a fraternal gathering. The friars of the Order of Friars Minor (the Franciscans' official name)  are currently celebrating a renewal of Franciscan spirit in the US and a restructuring of their...

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Living one’s own vocation in a context of uncertainty

Living one’s own vocation in a context of uncertainty

The cultural changes and technological progress made in recent decades have indeed opened up new perspectives and possibilities, but they have also reinforced a widespread feeling of uncertainty regarding the future of our societies. While many of the friars grew up...

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Visit to the Foundations of Thailand and Myanmar

Visit to the Foundations of Thailand and Myanmar

The OFM General Secretary for Missions and Evangelization, Br. Alonso Morales, visited the Foundation of Our Lady of the Angels in Thailand from July 1st to 5th, and was received very warmly by the friars. 4 missionary friars (from Indonesia, Thailand, India and...

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Koinonia 2019 – 2 (N.102)

Koinonia 2019 – 2 (N.102)

Identity and Mission of YouFra   At times the world shows a negative and false image of youth, presenting it as lost in worldly things and without a future. It is sad to see that this is the idea that adults have of young people. Sometimes they forget their duty to...

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St. Francis is invoked in the search for Peace in Syria

St. Francis is invoked in the search for Peace in Syria

On Monday July 22nd, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, accompanied by Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio in Syria, and by the Undersecretary of the said Dicastery, Fr. Nicola Riccardi,...

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Chronicles of the V UnderTen Chapter: Last Day

Chronicles of the V UnderTen Chapter: Last Day

13th of July 2019 We have come to the last day of our Chapter of Mats. The morning Eucharistic celebration was presided over by Br. Michael A. Perry, our Minister General, who invited us to accept the words of Jesus in today’s Gospel: “Do not be afraid!”. A word that...

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Chronicles of the V UnderTen Chapter: Fifth Day

Chronicles of the V UnderTen Chapter: Fifth Day

12th of July 2019 The day began, as usual, with the celebration of the Eucharist. The Provincial of France and Belgium, Br. Michel Laloux, presided.  The Gospel challenged us to be “like lambs among wolves, wise as serpents and simple as doves”.  These are the words...

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Chronicles of the V UnderTen Chapter: Fourth Day

Chronicles of the V UnderTen Chapter: Fourth Day

11  July 2019 The new day was a gift from God, and for this we gave thanks in the Eucharistic celebration presided by Br. Antonio Scabio, General Definitor. Today was the feast of St. Benedict, the patron of Europe and founder of western monasticism.  We were asked to...

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Lay friars and clericalism

Lay friars and clericalism

The percentage of lay friars who leave the Order is on average higher than that of the friar priests who leave. This figure requires interpretation. We might speculate that it indicates an unease linked to a crisis of identity, which can be greater in the case of lay...

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Feast of St. Clare 2019: Letter of the Minister General

Feast of St. Clare 2019: Letter of the Minister General

Dialogue: A Characteristic of God, A Virtue for every human being   Dear Sisters, May the Lord give you peace! As the years follow on from each other, the Solemnity of St. Clare of Assisi, our sister and mother, brings with it an opportunity to continue a dialogue...

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St. Francis and the Sultan, 1219-2019: A Commemorative Booklet

St. Francis and the Sultan, 1219-2019: A Commemorative Booklet

In recognition of the continuing relevance of the encounter between St. Francis and Sultan al-Malik al-Kamal in 1219, the Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam is happy to present to you, the Brothers of the Order and our many friends, St. Francis and the Sultan,...

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Four Hundred Franciscans Gather in Historic Meeting

Four Hundred Franciscans Gather in Historic Meeting

DENVER, Colo. — History was made this week as 400 Franciscan friars – from 25 states as well as Canada, Italy Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines -- gathered in unity and fraternity here. The first-of-its-kind meeting of friars from six U.S. provinces was a step...

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Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

#FriarFriday – Borders

Twenty-five years ago I helped grow the new Franciscan presence at the United Nations by developing interest among Franciscan Friars around the world.
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When Dan Patton, ’95, needed assistance with tuition at St. Bonaventure University, Fr. Richard Flaherty worked with the financial aid office to ensure that Dan could continue his studies. Nearly 30 years later, Dan has established the Fr. Richard Flaherty, OFM, Endowed Scholarship to pay tribute to their friendship. ... See MoreSee Less

When Dan Patton, ’95, needed assistance with tuition at St. Bonaventure University, Fr. Richard Flaherty worked with the financial aid office to ensure that Dan could continue his studies. Nearly 30 years later, Dan has established the Fr. Richard Flaherty, OFM, Endowed Scholarship to pay tribute to their friendship.Image attachment

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Today, we're joined by three college students who recently completed an internship with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington as we continue our conversation about faith and religion. Join us for Episode 7 of #FollowingFrancis as we explore faith and spirituality on a college campus. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Spreaker: https://spoti.fi/2KLQn6G 🎧 ... See MoreSee Less

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Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Today the novices will take part in the Rite of Divestiture. Fr. Michael Blastic, a member of the novitiate team, describes the ritual as an opportunity “to take time to look at one’s life and ‘set aside’ or divest oneself of what one no longer needs, what one wills to do without, or what may be part of a former way of seeing oneself or others, habits, conveniences, customs, attitudes, things, etc.”

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Today the novices will take part in the Rite of Divestiture. Fr. Michael Blastic, a member of the novitiate team, describes the ritual as an opportunity “to take time to look at one’s life and ‘set aside’ or divest oneself of what one no longer needs, what one wills to do without, or what may be part of a former way of seeing oneself or others, habits, conveniences, customs, attitudes, things, etc.”Please continue to keep our novices in your prayers. You can follow their progress on the Facebook page Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate - Old Mission Santa Barbara..Image attachmentImage attachment

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The #HolyLand is where salvation history comes to life. It’s a special place of pilgrimage and prayer, where the Franciscan Friars carry out their 800-year-old mission. We preserve the past, caring for many of the shrines, and shape the future in pastoral care for the people of the Holy Land. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2Z9SohQ (📷: jonathanbdavid on Instagram. Photo taken at the Sea of Galilee.) ... See MoreSee Less

The #HolyLand is where salvation history comes to life. It’s a special place of pilgrimage and prayer, where the Franciscan Friars carry out their 800-year-old mission. We preserve the past, caring for many of the shrines, and shape the future in pastoral care for the people of the Holy Land. Learn more: http://bit.ly/2Z9SohQ (📷: jonathanbdavid on Instagram. Photo taken at the Sea of Galilee.)
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Join us tomorrow at 1PM for a special Marian Tour: The Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The 45-minute tour includes the Marian chapel, images in the church, and ends with a visit to the replica of Lourdes in the lower garden. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us tomorrow at 1PM for a special Marian Tour: The Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  The 45-minute tour includes the Marian chapel, images in the church, and ends with a visit to the replica of Lourdes in the lower garden.

When Dan Patton, ’95, needed assistance with tuition at St. Bonaventure University, Fr. Richard Flaherty worked with the financial aid office to ensure that Dan could continue his studies. Nearly 30 years later, Dan has established the Fr. Richard Flaherty, OFM, Endowed Scholarship to pay tribute to their friendship. ... See MoreSee Less

When Dan Patton, ’95, needed assistance with tuition at St. Bonaventure University, Fr. Richard Flaherty worked with the financial aid office to ensure that Dan could continue his studies. Nearly 30 years later, Dan has established the Fr. Richard Flaherty, OFM, Endowed Scholarship to pay tribute to their friendship.Image attachment

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Father Richard is amazing!!! This is wonderful!

Not at all surprised that this is something Fr. Richard would do!

Today, we're joined by three college students who recently completed an internship with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington as we continue our conversation about faith and religion. Join us for Episode 7 of #FollowingFrancis as we explore faith and spirituality on a college campus. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Spreaker: https://spoti.fi/2KLQn6G 🎧 ... See MoreSee Less

Today, were joined by three college students who recently completed an internship with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington as we continue our conversation about faith and religion. Join us for Episode 7 of #FollowingFrancis as we explore faith and spirituality on a college campus. Listen on iTunes, Spotify, or Spreaker: https://spoti.fi/2KLQn6G 🎧

2 days ago

Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Today the novices will take part in the Rite of Divestiture. Fr. Michael Blastic, a member of the novitiate team, describes the ritual as an opportunity “to take time to look at one’s life and ‘set aside’ or divest oneself of what one no longer needs, what one wills to do without, or what may be part of a former way of seeing oneself or others, habits, conveniences, customs, attitudes, things, etc.”

Please continue to keep our novices in your prayers. You can follow their progress on the Facebook page Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate - Old Mission Santa Barbara..
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Today the novices will take part in the Rite of Divestiture. Fr. Michael Blastic, a member of the novitiate team, describes the ritual as an opportunity “to take time to look at one’s life and ‘set aside’ or divest oneself of what one no longer needs, what one wills to do without, or what may be part of a former way of seeing oneself or others, habits, conveniences, customs, attitudes, things, etc.”Please continue to keep our novices in your prayers. You can follow their progress on the Facebook page Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate - Old Mission Santa Barbara..Image attachmentImage attachment

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