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A Sunrise Perspective

Early in the morning, when I sit on the front porch and look east, I have a clear view of the distant hills and trees. If I wake up early enough, I watch the sky just above these hills beginning to glow in various shades of yellow, orange, and magenta. A few birds flutter by, and some sit silhouetted in the trees. Even a small hummingbird pauses to watch the new day begin. As time passes, rays of light flare along the hilltops, and Brother Sun slowly appears with a glaring brightness signaling the beginning of a new day. After a short time of quiet reflection, it is time to head back into the house for a little breakfast. ...

2023-08-24T17:51:00-04:00August 28th, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter|2 Comments

OFS Quinquennial Museum, Phoenix, Az.

Last August’s Quinquennial was indeed a special event. More than 600 attendees from all over the United States participated. We had inspiring speakers, stimulating breakout sessions, multiple opportunities for prayer and singing, perusing our many vendors for books, religious supplies, totes, pictures and what have you, and, of course, there was our OFS Museum. ...

2023-08-11T17:14:43-04:00August 14th, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter|0 Comments

CIOFS Presidency at work

Tuesday’s meeting began with Minister General Tibor Kauser giving a formation talk on servant leadership. Leadership is tied to community; that is, a leader needs a team to move ahead with a project or strive for a goal. So, he said, a leader helps form and protect community, and helps members grow in their OFS vocation. ...

2023-08-02T16:21:19-04:00August 7th, 2023|Categories: CIOFS, From the Newsletter|0 Comments

Secular Franciscans: TAU vs. Habit

As in most families, certain topics “pop up” for discussion every so often and need clarification. Some topics are simply a matter of majority opinion; others are a matter of “tradition” and should we/can we change the tradition; but some are a matter civil or Church law. Whether or not Secular Franciscans “wear a habit” is a topic that falls into the latter category. ...

2023-07-27T17:19:05-04:00July 31st, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter|2 Comments

Youth-Friendly Fraternities Like a Family Meal

The commission has spoken many times about the importance of creating youth-friendly fraternities. Why is this essential and what does this really mean? The simple answer to the first question is, it’s essential because if a young person is interested in joining a YouFra (Franciscan Youth Fraternity), at this point they have nowhere to go with that desire, except to us—the Secular Franciscans. There are only a few official YouFra groups in the United States. ...

2023-07-16T14:52:58-04:00July 17th, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter, YouFra|0 Comments

Building Relationships – One Broken Soul at a Time

The priorities for the National Fraternity for the next three years are Vocations, Relationships, and Communications. All are incredibly important to who we are as Franciscans. At a brainstorming session at our recent in-person National Executive Council meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, I shared my thoughts on the three priorities: “We must build relationships with better communications in order to bring in vocations.”...

2023-07-07T17:49:02-04:00July 10th, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter, JPIC|1 Comment

Eucharistic Revival – Stage Two

The Bishops of the United States are calling all its Catholic members to a deeper relationship with God through a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. This year 2023 – 2024 is designated for “Parish Renewal”. We, the Franciscan “people in the pews” should be in the forefront of this renewal ...

2023-07-04T12:04:13-04:00July 4th, 2023|Categories: Eucharistic Revival 2022-2025|1 Comment

National Fraternity Centenary Task Force

...the National Fraternity has appointed a task force to help our celebrations to be as widespread and universal as possible. ... 2023 is going to be a busy year for us, with TWO centenaries to help celebrate, as well as planning our work. The NEC has asked us to plan a face-to-face event at Chapter and a Zoom event open nationwide each year and to create a common calendar of centenary events from across the country. We are also creating/collecting resources and ideas for centenary celebrations and posting them on our section of the website: ...

2023-06-30T13:28:34-04:00July 3rd, 2023|Categories: Centenaries 2023-2026, From the Newsletter|0 Comments
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