by Jan Parker, OFS, National Minister

​Happy Feast Day and Happy New Year, as we welcome 2022 filled with hope, peace and joy!

The ​National Executive Council met the week before Christmas and, after prayerful consideration and some good conversation about the wonderful slate of nominees, we made our decision on the appointment of two new members to the Duns Scotus Formation Fund Board​ (DSFF).

I am happy to announce the appointment of:

Michelle Bryk (Divine Mercy Region) and Linzy Martin OFS  (Queen of Peace Region)

Michelle and Linzy will be wonderful additions to the DSFF Board.  Thank you for saying “yes.”

​Our thanks to all those who said “yes” to being nominated.   We had a slate of wonderful nominees. Every one of them was well qualified, and we will certainly consider them to fill future openings on the Board.

And to everyone reading this — here is a plea from your National Minister:

The DSFF is there to financially support formation in the OFS-USA, so let’s use the funds we have been blessed with!

 How can the Duns Scotus Formation Fund benefit your Region?  How about planning NOW for a formation gathering in your Region in 2023?  Perhaps a Formation Workshop or Spiritual Assistant gathering in your Region or your geographic area?

Feel free to contact Diane Menditto, National Formation Chair to discuss what’s possible.

Don’t delay. Here’s Diane’s email —

It’s easy to request a DSFF Grant — and we are happy to help you!   Feel free to contact me at

The DSFF Board Members are:

  • Jan Parker (National Minister)
  • Pat Serotkin (DSFF Board Secretary)
  • Claudia Kauzlarich (National Treasurer)
  • Diane Menditto (National Formation Commission Chair)
  • Fr. Jerome Wolbert (CNSA President-in-Turn)
  • Anne Mulqueen (Member-at-large)
  • Bob Fitzsimmons (Member-at-large)
  • Michelle Bryk (Member-at-large)
  • Linzy Martin (Member-at-large)

We look forward to working together with you in 2022!

May our Blessed Mother watch over us, and may we continue to reflect her JOY, as we give birth to Christ in the world!

Christmas Joy ​and Blessings to all!

​Your sister and Minister,


Jan Parker OFS, National Minister

Secular Franciscan Order – USA

Be strong, take courage, all you who hope in the Lord! (Ps. 31:25)

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