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US Franciscans Protest DACA Rescission

We have celebrated the DACA program with “dreamers” as a modern response to the Biblical imperative to “welcome the stranger.” Now, after President Trump’s decision to end the executive action, we commit ourselves to stand in support of and solidarity with “dreamers.”

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Eight Men Enter Franciscan Novitiate

SANTA BARBARA, California -- Some 30 friars, novitiate team members, and staff gathered in the Friars Chapel at Old Mission Santa Barbara here on Aug. 21, 2017, to witness the reception of eight men into the interprovincial novitiate. The program was moved to...

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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. The...

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New Assisi Shrine is Reminder to Shed Attachments

In following Christ, the pope said, “we are all called to be poor, to strip ourselves of our egos; and to do this we must learn how to be with the poor, to share with those who lack basic necessities, to touch the flesh of Christ!

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Merry Christmas 2017

t happened, three years prior to his death, that St. Francis of Assisi decided to celebrate at the town of Greccio the memory of the birth of the Child Jesus with the greatest possible solemnity, in order to arouse devotion. So that...

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Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

#FriarFriday – Hate Cannot Be Allowed to Win

t is almost unthinkable that we as a nation find ourselves in this same place again. As I saw the images of scores of neo-Nazis, white supremacists, and others spewing hateful slogans and carrying torches in the streets of Charlottesville, it was...

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News from the OFM English-speaking Conference

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New leadership elected in the Province of Ireland

ENGLISH SPEAKING CONFERENCE | ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR                                                                                                                               Thomas S. Washburn, OFMPO Box 61128  • New Bedford, Massachusetts 02746 • exec@escofm.org ...

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Sacred Heart Province elects new leadership team

ENGLISH SPEAKING CONFERENCE | ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR                                                                                                                               Thomas S. Washburn, OFMPO Box 61128  • New Bedford, Massachusetts 02746 • exec@escofm.org ...

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Leadership elected for ABVM Province

Provincial Minister James GannonRACINE, WISCONSIN - The members of the Province of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary gathered in Provincial Chapter from June 4-8 at Siena Reteat Center here.  During the Chapter, delegates elected a new leadership team for the...

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Friars make mission trip to Cuba

6/1/2017 0 Comments By Jim McIntosh, OFM HAVANA, CUBA – A group of eight U.S. Franciscan friars visited Cuba as part of a mission trip April 22-29, 2017. The friars visited the city of Havana and the towns of Remedios and Trinidad. Friars David Convertino OFM, John...

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Eastern Canadian Province elects new leadership

QUEBEC, CANADA - During their Provincial Chapter taking place this week, the Province of St. Joseph in Eastern Canada elected the following friars to serve the fraternity in leadership:   MINISTER PROVINCIAL: Pierre Charland, OFM. Pierre previously served as Vicar...

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US Franciscans speak out against Muslim ban

By Maria HayesThe Franciscan Friars of the United States have joined a coalition of individuals and organizations of diverse religions in filing an amicus brief challenging the federal administration’s March 6 executive order on immigration, arguing that it...

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Discussing New Forms of Franciscan Life

THIS ORIGINALLY APPEARED  AT USFRANCISCANS.ORGBy Jim McIntosh, OFM​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...

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Conference holds Spring meeting in Ireland

ENGLISH SPEAKING CONFERENCE | ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR                                                                                                                               Thomas S. Washburn, OFMPO Box 61128  • New Bedford, Massachusetts 02746 • exec@escofm.org ...

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US Franciscans look to future renewal with hope

each made simple statements of why they voted as they did:Kevin Mullen, of Holy Name Province, said, “One new Province provides us with the opportunity to have a vital fraternal experience.  With regard to mission, one new Province allows us to take the core values of...

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US Franciscans statement on Charlottesville violence

8/17/2017 0 Comments FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 2017 As followers of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of peace, we, the Franciscans Friars of the United States join with the many public and religious leaders and fellow-citizens who have condemned the recent...

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News from the General Curia in Rome

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PCO Chronicles: Day 3 of presentations (15/6/2018)

After the celebration of the Eucharist and the recital of Morning Prayer in linguistic groups, and a lively and cheerful time at breakfast, we began work at 9.00 am. A day that was expected to be intense had to begin in good spirits and promptly. So, at 9.00 am the...

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Africa and Brazil: Huge Potential – Major Challenges

June 16, Nairobi – On day 5 of the PCO the formal listening process concluded, with a focus on both the vast continent of Africa and the enormous country of Brazil. “Africa has more than 50 countries with many languages and cultures and therefore it encompasses many...

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Facing Climate Change – and other Pressing Issues

June 15, Nairobi – The fourth day of the PCO was extremely rich in the wonderful presentations made by the Council Members. So many themes emerged that choosing one to highlight is difficult! Nonetheless, it’s fair to say that one of the most important and urgent...

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PCO Chronicles: Day 2 of presentations (14/6/2018)

We started our morning sessions at 9.30 am with a short prayer session. The moderator then asked the brothers who had arrived the previous day to introduce themselves. Brothers from Central Europe Conference (COTAF), English-Speaking Conference (ESC), North-Slavic...

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The Spirit speaks — let’s listen!

The second day of the 2018 PCO began with Morning Prayer of the Feast of St. Anthony, June 13th, celebrated in the three language groups. Afterwards, the participants assembled to watch a video of Dr. Maryann Cusimano Love, from the Catholic University of America...

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“Karibuni Africa” – The 2018 PCO Begins

The sound of African drums began at 3:00 pm on the 12thof June, 2018 in the beautiful garden of the Dimesse House of Spirtuality, Nairobi, Kenya, and so began the Opening Liturgy of the Plenary Council of the Order.  Led by the rhythm of drumming and singing, the...

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The North Slavic and South Slavic Conferences meet in Prague

The two “Conferences of the Slavic Ministers Provincial of the North and the South”, met in the presence of their Definitor General Br Ivan Sesar from 22 to 25 May. They were hosted by the friars of the Province of the Czech Republic and housed in the Monastery of the...

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World Refugee Day – Thoughts from the PCO

World Refugee Day is celebrated today, June 20th, so it’s an opportunity for us to recall what the friars at the PCO have been saying on the issue of migration over the last week or so. The Order wishes to be part of the worldwide discussion on migration, and it was...

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PCO Chronicles: Day 6 of presentations (18/6/2018)

Today the 18/6/2018 we began the second week of our CPO. While the main focus of last week was on ‘memory’, this week’s attention is on ‘discernment’ in which we are called to dream the dream God dreams for us through our imagination. We started with a Lectio...

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The World Cafe Process – Conversations that matter

Is it possible for friars to discuss challenging topics like migration, youth, and care for the environment in an appealing, fraternal, deep, and productive way? Apparently, it is! This is what the friar participants discovered during today’s group discussion which...

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PCO Chronicles: Days 4 & 5 (16-17/6/2018)

PCO Chronicles, Saturday, 16 June A new work session began in the best possible way after morning prayer and the celebration of the Eucharist. After breakfast, the friars of the Conference of Africa reported on the diverse and extensive reality in which they live and...

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Recover your first love- PCO Week 2 begins with Lectio Divina

The cool and misty weather provided the perfect backdrop for Lectio Divina— a reflective reading of the Scriptures — as the second phase of the Plenary Council of the Order began, focusing on on discernment. Br. Isauro Covili, OFM, one of the moderators, explained...

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Calling it “cruel”, “immoral”, and “dehumanizing”, a Friar, a Cardinal and an Archbishop respond to the zero-tolerance immigration policy that is separating children from their parents on our southern border.
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BS for political gain when you have no agenda.......get to work and solve OUR issues scum sucking political hacks

Why doesn’t the Catholic Church focus on all of the drug trafficking, human trafficking, and child sex trafficking that goes on because of the open border?

Why can’t a country enforce it’s immigration laws? Yes it’s sad and ugly and unfortunate, but when you Break the law you go to jail and when go to jail you lose your kids that’s how it is everywhere and it’s always been.

Until you walk a mile in another person’s shoes, you have no right to judge them. Ever.

This brow beating needs to stop

Maybe some of them are demoncrats 😀🇺🇸

What about the homeless children?

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Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday as we celebrated our jubilarians! Together these friars have a combined 350 years of ministry. Congratulations, brothers! ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Beautiful pictures God bless you all of you.

Congratulations to the jubilarians. So proud to know you all and to have shared some of my life with you.

God bless you all and thank you for all you do for the world and it's people.

God bless you all

I miss the friars, no group comes close.

Yes, congratulations and God bless

A blessing for all!

God Bless you all!!!

Bye , bye American pie

Congratulations!

Franciscans are the best!

Amen

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15 hours ago

Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

'A funny thing happened on the way to the altar,' is the Franciscan Joy post in June's News from the Friars. You can read it here: https://bit.ly/2KbodiO ... See MoreSee Less

A funny thing happened on the way to the altar, is the Franciscan Joy post in Junes News from the Friars.  You can read it here: https://bit.ly/2KbodiO

 

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Loved the wedding stories😄

Visiting Bethlehem at Christmas time gives pilgrims an opportunity to see how the local Christians celebrate Christmas and to see how Manger Square is decorated for Christmas. Celebrate Christmas like never before. Make Your Reservations Today: http://bit.ly/2J6IuJ2 ... See MoreSee Less

Visiting Bethlehem at Christmas time gives pilgrims an opportunity to see how the local Christians celebrate Christmas and to see how Manger Square is decorated for Christmas. Celebrate Christmas like never before. Make Your Reservations Today: http://bit.ly/2J6IuJ2

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Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

The St. Anthony Shrine was filled with pilgrims on his Feast Day.“I was impressed with the fervor of those who desired a healing from God through the intercession of St. Anthony,” writes Provincial Minister Mark Soehner of the pilgrims who flocked to the St. Anthony Shrine on the Feast day, June 13.
Read Mark’s account: http://franciscan.org/who-we-are/…
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If you ever considered going to visit the Northwest, you may want to click on this video. Br. Casey recently visited Oregon and the views alone are worth a click...Stop two finds me in Portland, OR, where I find beautiful landscapes, warm people, and not enough books... Order my book: https://goo.gl/dwT8Pq Donate Monthl... ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you celebrating the first day of summer at the Monastery? Take a picture and enter our photo contest! Use #MyMonasteryDC to share your photos on Twitter or Instagram, or fill out this form: a.pgtb.me/Z3Q76R ... See MoreSee Less

Are you celebrating the first day of summer at the Monastery? Take a picture and enter our photo contest! Use #MyMonasteryDC to share your photos on Twitter or Instagram, or fill out this form: a.pgtb.me/Z3Q76R

Take a prayer break this afternoon and reflect on what it means to give selflessly to others. Find today’s readings here: bit.ly/2I13U5J #WednesdayWisdom ... See MoreSee Less

Take a prayer break this afternoon and reflect on what it means to give selflessly to others. Find today’s readings here: bit.ly/2I13U5J #WednesdayWisdom

“I’ve had a lot of contact with people in other provinces. I’m humbled by their significant skills and talents – skills we can benefit from,” says Fr. Frank Jasper of the decision to merge our province (St. John the Baptist) with five other provinces in the United States.
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“I’ve had a lot of contact with people in other provinces. I’m humbled by their significant skills and talents – skills we can benefit from,” says Fr. Frank Jasper of the decision to merge our province (St. John the Baptist) with five other provinces in the United States.
Read more about the Extraordinary Chapter: http://franciscan.org/news-and-events#an-extraordinary-chapter
Photo: Friar and photographer Frank Jasper

 

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Hello Father please to meet you.

There ya go !!!! It’s gonna be a real good thing !! ❤️❤️

Local US Franciscan News

15 hours ago

Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Thank you to everyone who joined us yesterday as we celebrated our jubilarians! Together these friars have a combined 350 years of ministry. Congratulations, brothers! ... See MoreSee Less

 

Comment on Facebook

Beautiful pictures God bless you all of you.

Congratulations to the jubilarians. So proud to know you all and to have shared some of my life with you.

God bless you all and thank you for all you do for the world and it's people.

God bless you all

I miss the friars, no group comes close.

Yes, congratulations and God bless

A blessing for all!

God Bless you all!!!

Bye , bye American pie

Congratulations!

Franciscans are the best!

Amen

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15 hours ago

Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

'A funny thing happened on the way to the altar,' is the Franciscan Joy post in June's News from the Friars. You can read it here: https://bit.ly/2KbodiO ... See MoreSee Less

A funny thing happened on the way to the altar, is the Franciscan Joy post in Junes News from the Friars.  You can read it here: https://bit.ly/2KbodiO

 

Comment on Facebook

Loved the wedding stories😄

Visiting Bethlehem at Christmas time gives pilgrims an opportunity to see how the local Christians celebrate Christmas and to see how Manger Square is decorated for Christmas. Celebrate Christmas like never before. Make Your Reservations Today: http://bit.ly/2J6IuJ2 ... See MoreSee Less

Visiting Bethlehem at Christmas time gives pilgrims an opportunity to see how the local Christians celebrate Christmas and to see how Manger Square is decorated for Christmas. Celebrate Christmas like never before. Make Your Reservations Today: http://bit.ly/2J6IuJ2

17 hours ago

Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

The St. Anthony Shrine was filled with pilgrims on his Feast Day.“I was impressed with the fervor of those who desired a healing from God through the intercession of St. Anthony,” writes Provincial Minister Mark Soehner of the pilgrims who flocked to the St. Anthony Shrine on the Feast day, June 13.
Read Mark’s account: http://franciscan.org/who-we-are/…
... See MoreSee Less

If you ever considered going to visit the Northwest, you may want to click on this video. Br. Casey recently visited Oregon and the views alone are worth a click...Stop two finds me in Portland, OR, where I find beautiful landscapes, warm people, and not enough books... Order my book: https://goo.gl/dwT8Pq Donate Monthl... ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you celebrating the first day of summer at the Monastery? Take a picture and enter our photo contest! Use #MyMonasteryDC to share your photos on Twitter or Instagram, or fill out this form: a.pgtb.me/Z3Q76R ... See MoreSee Less

Are you celebrating the first day of summer at the Monastery? Take a picture and enter our photo contest! Use #MyMonasteryDC to share your photos on Twitter or Instagram, or fill out this form: a.pgtb.me/Z3Q76R

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