12 Weeks of Franciscan Peace 2022

A weekly program of peace-giving themes, reflections, and prayers leading up to Christmas is available on the website. Developed by Carolyn Townes, OFS, National JPIC animator, the readings and reflections focus on peace from Oct. 3-Dec. 25. A beautiful way to prepare for the coming of the Prince of Peace, the program includes thoughts or…

Blessed Feast of St. Francis from Markus Heinz, OFM

Dear Sisters and Brothers, dear friends, Happy Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi! This painting by Brother Laurentius Englisch OFM shows the beauty of creation as expressed in the canticle. Looking into our actual world we can get an impression that humanity is in process of destroying all this beauty; not respecting the inherent dignity…

Formation Commission – The Light of the World: We Are Called to See It and Be It

(This article originally appeared in the TAU-USA Summer 2022 Issue #106) The Light of the World: We Are Called to See It and Be It LaynaMaher, OFS National Formation Commission In the beginning, when God created the heavens and the earth–and the earth was without form or shape, with darkness over the abyss and a…

JPIC – When Violence is the Way, We Must Choose and Show Another Way

(This article originally appeared in the TAU-USA Summer 2022 Issue #106) by Carolyn D. Townes, OFS, National Animator “Mindful that we are bearers of peace, which must be built up unceasingly, we should seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence of the divine seed in everyone and in…

Inclusivity strengthens fraternal bonds, models Franciscan love

Sept. 14, 2022 Dearest Brothers and Sisters,

Our Freedom, our choice, is to live as Christ lived

(This article originally appeared in the TAU-USA Summer 2022 Issue #106) by Fr. Jerome Wolbert, OFM Fourth of July is a civil celebration, but for us Franciscans—indeed for all Christians—any commemoration is infused with a sense of God’s presence. While many of the Founding Fathers of our nation did not believe in the kind of…

Fraternity Life – Fraternity: Our Secular Franciscan Witness

(This article originally appeared in the TAU-USA Summer 2022 Issue #106) by Mary Bittner, OFS Consider the following question, suggested as part of a recent discussion on synodality: What could be the best contribution we, as Secular Franciscans, can make to the life of the Catholic Church? You might want to keep in mind that…

Season of Creation Opens with Celebrations, Prayers, Activities

By Carolyn Townes, OFS,  National Animator Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, U.S. Secular Franciscan Order “Praise be to you my Lord, with all your creatures,” prayed Francis of Assisi, well before the Season of Creation began. With this simple but profound prayer, he has encouraged believers of many generations to recognize creation as the fruit…

Secular Franciscan Order – USA Website

(This article originally appeared in the TAU-USA Spring 2022 Issue #106)       https://www.secularfranciscansusa.org/ Website News and Did You Know… You can view ALL the Blogs of a particular Category if you wish to review the Newsletter Blogs, click on one of the Blogs of the Newsletter and scroll down to the bottom of the…

Lay Leadership Webinar Scheduled

A dialogue featuring Synodality and Lay Leadership will be held Thursday, Aug. 25. Entitled “Toward Participation:  Unpacking Leadership of the Laity,” the webinar will feature five panelists– Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville and the Chairman of the USCCB Doctrine Committee; Mark Erdosy of Marian University in Indianapolis; Matthew Manion of the Center for Church Management at Villanova University in…

Sharing the Vision – News From REC

(This article originally appeared in the TAU-USA Summer Issue #106) News from the National Executive Council Terms Extended for Commission and Committee Chairs The appointments for National Commissions Chairs or Committees Chairs or individual positions typically are made until one year after a scheduled NEC election. The appointment terms are set in such a manner,…

Franciscan Jubilee – Minister’s Message Summer 2022

(This article originally appeared in the TAU-USA Summer Issue #106) A message from Jan Parker, OFS, National Minister – OFS-USA I will never forget my 50th birthday. My daughter, aware of the significance of this 50-year mark, made a sign that she hung on my mailbox. It simply said, “It’s Jan’s Jubilee!” I still have…

St. Michael’s Lent August 15th to September 29th

“In the writings of St. Francis, such as the Volterra text (Letter to All the Faithful) which is included in The Rule of the OFS, we are reminded again and again that Franciscans are called to be penitents, to pray and fast. For these reasons this ancient tradition is important to us. St. Michael’s Lent…

Gospel Life of St. Francis Handbook Available for Free Digital Download

A free new formation resource on the Gospel life of Francis based on the Early Rule is available for download from St. Bonaventure University. It includes links to a 30-part series of short YouTube videos on the life of St. Francis completed by Franciscan scholars Fr. Wayne Hellmann, O.F.M. Conv., and Dr. Jay Hammond of…

Pardon of Assisi at Q

For all Quinquinnial attendees seeking the Pardon of Assisi Indulgence:  There will be a 5 p.m. Mass on Tuesday, Aug. 2, at the St. Mary’s Basilica, Phoenix. For

The Pardon of Assisi – The Porziuncola Indulgence – August 2

 Diane F. Menditto, OFS Chair, National Formation Commission Formation Director, Our Lady of the Angels RegionFormation Director, St. Francis Fraternity, Hackensack, NJ Formation Friday July 29, 2022

Franciscan Living – Take Delight in the Lord

 By Francine Gikow, OFS I remember when each of my children was placed in my arms for the first time! I examined each one, marveling over every finger and toe, with their eyes gazing upon me! My children heard my voice and were comforted. I delighted in them, and they delighted in me. Psalm 37,…

Did You Know – Regionalization, A History

Regional Fraternities of NAFRA- USA The Map of the Regions of the OFS in the United States  Interactive Map of Local Fraternities and Regional Contacts Willian Wicks, OFS, gives us a complete history of Regionalization – moving to geographical structuring and governing away from friar provincial jurisdictional structuring – in A History of the Secular…

Strengthening Our Faith Journey

(This article originally appeared in the Spring TAU-USA Issue #105) by Kathleen Molaro, OFS National Franciscan Youth and Young Adult Commission Chair I recently enjoyed conversing after Mass with several young adults who were home for the semester break from college. One of them shared that he felt a bit lost off at school without…
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