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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: https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/franciscan-centenary-celebration/ ...

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

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
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