Dear Sisters and Brothers of the National Fraternity,

I truly hope you are experiencing the beauty of this Advent season, and that you are doing well.

In this Advent season, in this time of pandemic, in this time of so much uncertainty for so many, and in this time of such unrest in our society, we turn to our Blessed Mother for her help.  Let us turn to her joyfully and in confidence as we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe today.

Here is a very festive video that makes me so happy!   I invite you to take 3 minutes, and maybe even dance as you watch it… or at least tap your feet!

Our Lady is with us in all that is going on in our lives, and in our world.  Like her, let us believe that what has been spoken to us will be fulfilled!  Because it will be! 

By the way, I have some history with these Capuchin Poor Clares, and it touched my heart to see them. They reside at the Monastery of Our Lady of Light in Denver.  Check out their website and order some of their cookies!  They are great….so yummy!

Their website is

I will also take this opportunity to again thank you for your prayers and support.  I continue, with God’s help, to manage the little side effects of chemo with only minor bumps along the way, and I am so happy to be able to continue many of the things I need, and want, to do.  In other words, I’m rolling with it, and blessedly I find joy in this interesting, though unexpected, new part of my journey.

May you find joy in your journey today as well. God is with us!

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas, pray for us!

Peace and love,

P.S. Feel free to share this message…  and share the joy!

Jan Parker OFS