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Return to the Canticle

It is further testament to the authenticity and originality of St. Francis that even though we encounter the Canticle often and in different ways, his song retains its power to inspire us. Even so, we should not take the Canticle for granted. Using our imaginations, we can bring fresh insights to the poem. We can find ways to keep his voice resonating anew for us. Consider a few thoughts along these lines: ...

2023-06-23T16:37:30-04:00June 26th, 2023|Categories: Centenaries 2023-2026, Formation, From the Newsletter|0 Comments

Introducing The New Member Of The National Ecumenical/Interfaith Committee

The National Ecumenical Committee has changed faces and set different goals during the many years of its existence. Our focus has been on the outreach and involvement of those on our Joint Committee (TSSF Third Order Society of St. Francis, OEF Order of Ecumenical Franciscans and OLF Order of Lutheran Franciscans). ...

2023-06-18T20:28:00-04:00June 19th, 2023|Categories: Ecumenical Interfaith Committee, From the Newsletter|1 Comment

St. Francis and the Rule of 1223

This year, 2023, the Franciscan Family will commemorate the 800th anniversary of the confirmation of the Later Rule. Also known as the Approved Rule, or the Rule of 1223, the papal approval of the Rule marks the culmination of a long and difficult journey for St. Francis. His journey can be an example to those of us who have professed a different rule, the Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order. ...

2023-06-09T21:10:12-04:00June 12th, 2023|Categories: Centenaries 2023-2026, From the Newsletter|1 Comment

Good Communication As Part of Our Communications Plan

As Catholics and Secular Franciscans, we are called to shape society and our Order's future. We are called to be good communicators and users of the means of communication available to us. When we hear the word “communication,” the first thing that probably comes to mind is media, that is, forms of communication with an “s.” ... All the communications (media) in the world go to waste if we do not communicate who we are to others and seek to understand who they are.

2023-08-01T21:51:06-04:00May 29th, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter, Minister’s Message|1 Comment

New National Database Update

The National Database for the Secular Franciscan Order of the USA is expected to roll out in May 2023. At the recent National Chapter in October, members of the OFS-USA Database Committee provided a demo of the new database and projected the database would be introduced in the spring. ...

2023-05-17T15:04:01-04:00May 22nd, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter|0 Comments

“Peace With the Earth, Peace with Each Other, Peace Within”

In late June, I was introduced to an amazing woman who was offering a wonderful gift to The Interfaith Alliance of the Southwest. This woman, Laurie Marshal, is the founder of The Singing Tree Foundation, promoting Unity Through Creativity. She wanted to partner with the Alliance and bring the Singing Tree Project to El Paso. It is the hope of both Laurie and the Interfaith Alliance of the Southwest to have the City of El Paso become declared an International City of Peace. ...

2023-05-12T18:10:20-04:00May 15th, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter, JPIC|1 Comment

The Franciscan Centenary

A centenary is a 100-year commemoration of a significant event. In the same way we celebrate birthdays or wedding or profession anniversaries, our order commemorates significant events in the life of Francis. These are moments to reflect. We take time to consider what these events mean to us, how they shaped or formed us, and how they affect our identity. We look back at what happened in time in order to consider where we are now, and where we wish to go  from here. ...

2023-05-05T10:36:44-04:00May 8th, 2023|Categories: Centenaries 2023-2026, From the Newsletter|2 Comments

One Young Lady’s Faith Journey

With her permission, I share with you a conversation I had with my young adult granddaughter. We hadn’t been together in person for a while, and sat with a cup of tea, enjoying each other’s company. Me: A while ago I talked to you when you were struggling with depression and  a lack  of enthusiasm for going to Church or even praying. ...

2023-04-29T14:17:56-04:00May 1st, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter, YouFra|2 Comments

Our Fraternity Gathering: Our Life!

Why is being in a fraternity so important? Short Answer: because it is our brothers and sisters who support and challenge us to live the LIFE of a Secular Franciscan. We cannot do it alone! We learn about ourselves and our charism by living in fraternity.  Living with the same people in fraternity for the rest of our lives (unless we relocate) challenges us to an ever-deepening relationship with others in a new family of faith. ...

2023-04-23T19:06:26-04:00April 24th, 2023|Categories: From the Newsletter|1 Comment
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