The Q Committee has engaged several wonderful vendors and ministries who will have tables at the Quinquennial. Please visit, patronize and learn about these great partners in our Franciscan journey! Each item title highlighted in green opens the organization’s website. Links to flyers are also provided when available.
- Accessibility Committee
OFS-USA Accessibility Table – Visit us to meet our national committee members and gather resources on welcoming and accommodating all our current and future brothers and sisters who live with a disability or are deaf. Pick up resources to learn about disability etiquette, making your in-person and Zoom meetings accessible and welcoming, and view samples of our essential Franciscan documents in Braille and large print. And of course, we are here to help if you have a need while you are participating at the Q. Call on us!
- Aquilas del Desierto (Desert Eagles)
Desert Eagles help families whose loved ones are missing in the desert areas near the United States/Mexico border. Since the Desert Eagles began in 2012, they rescued 92 and recovered the remains of another 92 people. The group also works to save lives by visiting migrant centers throughout Mexico to inform migrants who are thinking of crossing the border of the life-threatening dangers. The group also distributes posters and flyers that warn of the risks. Desert Eagles is planning a larger campaign to reach as many of the 65 migrant centers in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, giving presentations, talking to migrants, and raising awareness.
- Books & Blessings
Many of you may recognize this name as the gift shop at the Franciscan Renewal Center, 5802 E. Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley AZ 85253, 480-355-0353.
Items for sale at the event will include Tau caps, Franciscan socks, handmade wooden Taus, Franciscan notecards, local jewelry, Franciscan books, candles, bookmarks, magnets, and some cactus-themed items to remember Arizona.
- Bret Thoman OFS
Bret Thoman OFS, St. Francis Pilgrimages, is offering the following books for sale. Many fraternities are using them for initial and ongoing formation.
- Francis of Assisi: Passion, Poverty, and the Man who transformed the Catholic Church
- Clare of Assisi: Light from the Cloister
- A Knight and a Lady: A Journey into the Spirituality of Saints Francis and Clare
- Ecumenical/Interfaith Commission
We the Ecumenical / Interfaith Committee would like to invite you to our table at the Q! We will have information about our sister branches of the Order and want to celebrate all our family. There will also be an opportunity to take a chance on some artwork done in Repujado fashion, that calls us to our common bonds and unity. Please join us as we celebrate our brothers and sisters.
6. Franciscan Family Apostolate
The Franciscan Family Apostolate was founded in 1972 so we are celebrating our Golden Jubilee this year for caring for the poor of India. Our website is at http://www.openhearts.org. The primary purpose of the FFA is to assist Franciscans in living the Rule through helping the poor in a very real way through monthly assistance. For more information on the FFA please visit our website at www.openhearts.org. See Franciscan Family Apostolate’s flyer here.
- Franciscan Media
Franciscan Media is a ministry of St. John the Baptist Province, OFM, and offers great Franciscan resources online at https://www.franciscanmedia.org/. Their offerings include Saint of the Day (featured on the OFS-USA website), St. Anthony Messenger, an online bookstore and many more.
- Franciscan Mission Service
Franciscan Mission Service prepares and supports lay Catholics for two-year international, one-year domestic and 1-2 week short-term mission service opportunities in solidarity with impoverished and marginalized communities across the globe. https://franciscanmissionservice.org/
- Franciscan Peacemakers
Franciscan Peacemakers provide a pathway to sustainable, healthy, safe, and productive lives for women engaging in prostitution due to trauma, human sex trafficking and drug addiction. All our bath and body products are handcrafted by women survivors of sexual exploitation, trauma, and addiction. In turn the women survivors receive two years of rent-free housing (Clare Community), a living wage, employment experience, and a host of other healing services. We will be offering some of our products, bar soaps and lotions, but all can be found online at:
www.franciscanpeacemakers.org. Peace and all good!
See Franciscan Peacemakers’ flyer here.
- Franciscan School of Theology
Our Mission is to prepare women and men for professional ministry in the Roman Catholic Church, for careers in theological education, and for living a life dedicated to solidarity with those on the margins of society and the Church in the knowledge of Christian faith.
- Franciscan Youth/YA Commission
Profits from all sales will be invested in our young people’s attendance at the YouFra International Gathering/World Youth Day, August 2023.
- Essential Documents for YouFra – Flash Drive – Everything you need to get started! Flash drive containing what the FY/YA Commission considers YouFra Essential Documents, and materials developed for YouFra Faith Development Sessions. ($10.00 each)
- Picture Books for our Young Franciscans
Adventures in Assisi: On the Path with St. Francis, By Ann Welborn & Ann Kissane Engelhart. Children will learn about Francis and Assisi through story and illustration. Recommended for elementary grades. Retail price – $15.99, Q price – $10.00
Rosy Dawn, by Kathleen Molaro OFS / Illustrated by Joanna Cooke. In her picture book, Kathleen invites readers to accompany a child from dawn until tucked in bed for the night. Each part of the day reflects a different activity along with a subtle change in outdoor color. Kathleen’s poetry and Joanna Cooke’s artistic details will entice young readers outside for a closer look at God’s beautiful creations. ($18.50)
See Franciscan Youth/Young Adult Flyer here.
- Franciscans International
Franciscans International works with Franciscans and other local partners around the world to bring grassroots experiences and a Franciscan voice to the United Nations. Our organization provides a platform to advocate for concrete and positive change in national and international policies, focusing on the pillars of Human Dignity, Integrity of Creation, Peace and Reconciliation. Franciscans International is sponsored by the Conference of the Franciscan Family, in which different Franciscan branches are represented.
See Franciscans International’s flyer here.
- Casa Grounds for Solidarity
This ministry sells the delicious coffee of Café Justo at the Franciscan Renewal Center. Coffee is sold once a month after all Sunday Masses, and at it is sold at two venues on the property: the Lobby Desk and the Books and Blessings Gift Shop/bookstore. Café Justo markets a pure, organic, fair-trade coffee which is grown, harvested and marketed in the spirit of justice. The coffee is always freshly roasted with 9 months of the sale.
- OFS-USA Commission for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation
The mission of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation is to assist the professed Secular Franciscans as they reflect on their relationship with God as manifested in the fruits of conversion in their lives. This with special regard to the daily choices made in the areas of justice, peacemaking and respect for all created things and people; as brothers and sisters of penance, bringing life to the Gospel and the Gospel to Life.
- Kathryn Wohnoutka OFS
I will be selling my book at the Q: Whole, Single, Free, ME! An Escape from Domestic Abuse, a true story of my abusive first marriage, escape, and recovery. I wrote my book to help people in abusive situations escape and recover from the trauma of abuse. In addition, my book helps their friends and families understand and identify abusive situations. I am currently the minister of St. Thomas More Secular Franciscan Fraternity in Houston and look forward to seeing old friends and making new friends at the Q. Peace and All Good.
- St Francis YouFra, Phoenix, AZ
Welcome to Young Franciscans (YouFra), a young adult ministry to college students and young adults (18-39 years). This is a place to discover community, prayer and service in the Franciscan tradition. Please join us for one or all of our events that can be found at our website https://saintmarysbasilica.org/youfra/
- Saintly Heart
We design with a purpose. Our Catholic, faith-based toys are a great way to spread the faith through a hands-on learning experience that focuses on the Holy Saints. Our products are made from eco-friendly wood and non-toxic, water-based paints to ensure the safety of your loved ones of all ages.
- Stan Sisson Fine Art
Paintings: Icons & Scared art • Prints • Greeting Cards • Plaques • Magnets • Boxed Mini Gift Card Sets. See ad in Q program.
- Tau Publishing
Tau Publishing has a large selection of Franciscan books, journals and other gift items available at our pop-up store here at the Q. We will be introducing a large selection of wood puzzles, night lights, votive candles, Christmas ornaments and jewelry as well as hand thrown ceramic coffee mugs and votive holders. Please browse our $5 book table for some amazing deals on some of our Franciscan books. We also have some new book releases that are now available, including new books by Fr. Murray Bodo and Fr. Rick Martignetti.