FORMATION FRIDAY – The Stigmata of St. Francis – Sept. 17, 2021

  Dear Brothers and Sisters, September is a month we meditate on the Passion of Christ and of Our Lady of Sorrows with special feast days and devotions.  No wonder holy St. Francis received the stigmata in this month.  Be sure to review this formation lesson at least on your own because it contains basic…

FORMATION FRIDAY – Liturgical Prayer for Secular Franciscans – September 10, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   Today’s lesson is about Liturgical Prayer for Secular Franciscans.  This is such an important topic and is a review of a previous Formation Friday a couple of years ago.  According to the RULE and Constitution, we should pray some form of liturgical prayer each day.  Hope you enjoy reading about this…

FORMATION FRIDAY – Focus Upon the Admonitions (2 & 3) – September 3, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today’s lesson cover St. Francis’ Admonitions 2 and 3, that deal with obedience, self will, and humility. Though they may sound like a simple topics, these Admonitions have started many discussions among the formators. It is suggested that your fraternity members journal and contemplate the questions before beginning your discussion. A…

FORMATION FRIDAY – Franciscan Spirituality in 7 Steps – August 29, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  I remember attending the “Q” in Chicago many years ago.  Sr. Illia Dileo, the featured speaker, spoke about Franciscan Spirituality.  Her talk was so inspiring.  I thought how could anyone not want to be a Franciscan!  It is so much about LOVE and how much God has given to us.   ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++…

FORMATION FRIDAY – Profession before the Rite – Part 2 – August 20,2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  Many of you attended the Summer Gathering at the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita earlier this month.  One of the highest-rated events at the Summer Gathering is the Renewal of our Profession at the Sunday Mass.  This renewal helps us to recall our initial calling and the reason we chose to commit…

FORMATION FRIDAY – Before Commitment to the Gospel Way of Life – August 12, 2021

  Dear Brothers and Sisters,   Today’s lesson asks us to focus upon our commitment to the OFS, as a Candidate and as a Professed individual. Please consider the questions below and think about your own commitment to Living the Gospels Life. (There is an attachment to this email) Peace, Dona   +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Before Commitment to the Gospel…

FORMATION FRIDAY – INTRO TO EARLY DOCUMENTS OF CLARE OF ASSISI – AUGUST 6, 2021

  Dear Brothers and Sisters,  August 11th is the feast day of St. Clare.  It is a wonderful time to learn more about this great Franciscan saint. Our website has some terrific formation resources on Clare including a couple of beautiful PowerPoints.  https://jdpofs.org/resources/formation/clare-poverty/.  and https://jdpofs.org/themencode-pdf-viewer/?file=https://jdpofs.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/St.-Clare-of-Assisi.pdf#zoom=auto Another formation on our website for Clare that includes a YouTube…

FORMATION FRIDAY – Pardon of Assisi – July 30, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  St. Francis wanted all of his brothers to get to heaven.  He asked the Pope for a special indulgence for all Franciscans.  Today, anyone can get this special indulgence!  There is an attachment to this email.  Peace, Dona ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++   The Pardon of Assisi – The Porziuncola Indulgence (en español abajo)…

FORMATION FRIDAY – July 23, 2021 – Going from Gospel to Life

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   Today’s lesson goes back to the very beginning of Francis’ vision for his Order to live the Gospels each day.  We should study and meditate on the Gospels each day.  Fr. Mike has several books that help one meditate on the Gospels each day.  Hopefully, we will have some to share at…

FORMATION FRIDAY – July 16, 2021 – Admonitions

  Dear Brothers and Sisters,   Today’s lesson uses the early writings of St. Francis.  One of the best ways to learn about the soul of a saint is to read their original writings.   Reminder:  if you click on the first link to Franciscan Traditions – you will find tons of material for ongoing formation.  Just read…

FORMATION FRIDAY – July 9th, 2021 – ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE OFS RULE

         Dear Brothers and Sisters,  It is important to know our Rule so that we can better follow Francis in our daily lives.  Today let’s have some fun and see if we (or our fraternity) can find the essentials points in our Rule.  There are attachments to this post.  Peace, Dona +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++   The Seventeen…

FORMATION FRIDAY – July 2, 2021 – Living the Beatitudes

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  Today’s formation lesson is about the Beatitudes.  If you have not used the Franciscan Journey PDFs or Powerpoints on the Regional Website, you might find them to be great visual support for this material on the Beatitudes.  I have added a link to our website at the bottom of this lesson.  Peace,…

Formation Friday – June 25, 2021 – Conversion and Discernment

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  Today we discuss the conversion process of St. Francis and how we might reflect on our own conversion process.  You may remember that Father Mike told us to always be reading some book on St. Francis so that we aware of his efforts to live the Gospel life and keep in mind…

FORMATION FRIDAY – June 18, 2021 – Call to Discipleship

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   Today’s lesson refers to the role of the formation to form disciples of Christ.  During our Gatherings each month, formators work to provide solid and hopefully inspirational lessons that help to convert our hearts.  All must be open to listening and praying to the Holy Spirit.  Strong disciples are important and so needed…

FORMATION FRIDAY – June 11, 2021 – The Call to Love

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today’s lesson was written by Anne Mulqueen, OFS, Spiritual Assistant to the National Formation Commission.    She discusses the importance of love in our fraternity.  This lesson helps us to reflect on our own experiences in our fraternity and remember what made us feel joy.  There will challenges, but these must be handled with purity of heart and love. …

Formation Friday – June 4, 2021 – Admonitions of Francis

  Dear Brothers and Sisters,  This Sunday is the feast of Corpus Christi when we pay homage to the most Precious Gift Jesus gave to us, the Body and Blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ,   In today’s lesson, let us reflect on the Admonitions of Francis and how he felt about the Eucharist.  Let’s refer to…

FORMATION FRIDAY – MAY 28 – THE TRINITY AND THE OFS

  Dear Brothers and Sisters,  May 30th is Trinity Sunday.  Today’s formation lesson is a review of a previous lesson on the OFS and the Trinity.   It is so helpful to see how much work has been done for us by the National Formation Commission in each week’s lessons – half of the work has already been done…

Formation Friday – May 21, 2021 – Listening to God

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  Come Holy Spirit, Come.  Pentecost is the perfect time to nurture our calling to Franciscanism. Today’s lesson focuses upon Article 8 of our Rule, which deals with prayer and contemplation.  Let us learn to “listen” to the Spirit’s guidance.  Peace, Dona ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++   Call to Prayer and Contemplation   Prayer and contemplation…

Formation Friday – May 14, 2021 – Formators

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today’s formation lesson explores things to consider when choosing formators…and how to discern if you are called to be a formator.  This position is so important to the life of your fraternity because it affects every person in the fraternity.  All members want and need to listen and be heard.  All need…

FORMATION FRIDAY – May 7, 2021 –

Dear Brothers and Sisters,   Today’s lesson suggests that all families have stories.  We study in this formation, a simple analysis of one of the most beautiful prayers authored by St. Francis and how it demonstrates Francis’ most spiritual yearnings. This prayer may have led you to become a Franciscan It is part of our story as a Franciscan…
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