News from US Franciscans

US Franciscans Speak Out on Immigration Ban

The leadership of the US Franciscans have issued a statement against the president's recent travel ban. They say: The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide...

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Let Us Begin Again

t. Bonaventure tells us that towards the end of his life St. Francis would tell the other friars: "Let us begin again, brothers, for up until now, we have done little or nothing." One of Francis's other biographers, Friar Thomas of Celano, tells us...

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Merry Christmas

The story is told that St. Francis was discussing with Br. Morico about whether to fast or not when Christmas falls on a Friday.

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Happy Thanksgiving

From our family to yours, may you have a most Happy Thanksgiving. A prayer of Thanksgiving by St. Francis of Assisi: “All-powerful, most holy , Almighty and supreme God, Holy and just Father, Lord King of heaven and earth we thank You for Yourself.”

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Junípero Serra and Beyond

The Academy of American Franciscan History presented a seminar on on Junípero Serra and Franciscan Missiology at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., Oct. 21-22. In a talk on the more modern Franciscan missions to China, a friar asked, “What do the Chinese missions have to tell us today? That Franciscans are willing to go to the peripheries.”

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Franciscan Friars Week Proclaimed

The Village of Spires in Oldenburg, Indiana, has designated the week of Oct. 2-8 as Franciscan Friars Week. They write: Whereas, the founder of the Village of Spires, Father Franz Joseph Rudolf, nearing sister death, requested that the very order that helped him to...

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Friar App 2.0 is here!

The Franciscan Friars of the United States (USFranciscans) are excited to announce the release of FRIAR App 2.0 with new features that expand the way we connect via the app.

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Laywoman Appointed Mission Executive Director

For the first time in its almost 230 year history, a laywoman will oversee the Old Mission San Barbara instead of a Franciscan friar. Santa Barbara native Monica Orozco began her job as the new executive director of the historic mission effective Aug. 1, 2016.

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US Franciscans Call for Gun Reform

The provincials of US Franciscans issue a statement calling for gun reform. ay the Lord give you peace! This is the traditional greeting of St. Francis of Assisi, one that has been adopted over the eight centuries of the Franciscan Order by its...

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Four Friars Have Died

 Four Franciscan friars have died in the last month. Here are their stories. Please remember them in your prayers. Alex Manville, OFM Without doubt, Friar Alexander was a truly memorable friar, not just because of his height but because of his trust in teaching and...

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News from US Franciscans

Ite Vos Conference to be Streamed

In 1217, Pope Leo X issued the bull “Ite vos,” also known as the “Bulla unionis,” which divided the Franciscan order into two separate families: the Friars Minor of the Regular Observance and the Friars Minor Conventual. On Saturday, Nov. 4, over 100 OFM, OFM...

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16 Men Begin Lives as Franciscans

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, 16 postulants entered the postulancy program for the Order of Friars Minor in the US, at Holy Name College at Silver Spring, Maryland.

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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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Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

#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 this summer to new assignments.

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#FriarFriday – A Franciscan on Vacation

went on a wonderful, beautiful vacation this summer. Why, then, was I so uncomfortable? It has been two years now since my mother died. This summer, my dad invited the whole family on an Alaskan cruise. My four brothers, their wives, and all ten...

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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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#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 this summer to new assignments.

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News from the OFM English-speaking Conference

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Singing friar Alessandro to be featured in PBS special

Friar Alessandro, called the “Voice from Assisi”, will be heard across the United States in a PBS special to air in March. The special features Friar Alessandro in a concert recorded in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi on the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron...

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Canadian friar ordained a Transitional Deacon

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA - In a small and intimate celebration on December 3, Br. Joseph Glaab, OFM, was ordained to the Transitional Dicaconate at the chapel of St. Francis Friary here in Edmonton.The celebration was attended by several friends, Joe’s brother Peter,...

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Christmas Message from the ESC

12/23/2016 0 Comments                                                                                                                                               Christmas 2016 Throughout this year we, in Ireland, have been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the...

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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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News from the General Curia in Rome

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Fraternitas 06.2018 (No. 256)

The June 2018 edition of ‘Fraternitas’ is now online and can be downloaded in several languages. PDF:  English – Español – Italiano – Deutsch  – Français – Hrvatski – Polski – Português DOC:...

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Six US OFM Provinces Vote to Recommend One New Province

On May 30, 2018, the friars of each of the six provinces in the United States voted at meetings in their communities to support the formation of one new organization. It will comprise the almost 1,000 friars belonging to the six provinces and will be headquartered in...

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Vesak Day 2018

To our Buddhist brothers and sisters throughout the World, A lotus for world peace, blessings and repentance on this Day of Vesak, in commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Siddharta Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha. On behalf of the Franciscan friars...

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Prayer and Fasting for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

My dear Brothers of the Order, The Lord give you peace! As you are well aware, in the past week there has been an explosion of violence in the Holy Land that has left many dead, thousands injured, and has robbed people of any sense of hope for a just end to this...

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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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News from our Facebook Page

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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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16 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

 

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

Beautiful pictures God bless you all of 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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17 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

19 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/…
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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.
Read more about the Extraordinary Chapter: http://franciscan.org/news-and-events/…
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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

16 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

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

Beautiful pictures God bless you all of 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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17 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

19 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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