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  ST. PETERSBURG, Florida, USA – “Religious life ‘is not over’! It is only now beginning! Go out and announce this message of joy, hope, transfiguration and transformation!” It was with these words of enthusiasm that Br. Michael Perry, OFM, Minister General of the Order of...
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Friars Trace Footsteps of St. Junípero Serra

Two hundred and forty seven years ago, St. Junípero Serra, OFM, arrived in San Diego, where he founded the first of 21 Franciscan missions in what is now known as California. In all that St. Junípero accomplished during his ministry, he understood the constant voice of God...
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Seven Received into Postulancy Program

SILVER SPRING, Md. — In a chapel filled with friars and Franciscan Volunteer Ministers, seven men were welcomed into Holy Name Province’s postulancy program on Aug. 30 during evening prayer at Holy Name College. During the prayer service, Crawford Bennett, James Bernard, Nicholas...
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General Minister Encourages Creation of Organic Discernment Communities

The friars of Holy Name Province are witnessing many exciting developments in vocation. Recently, they welcomed seven new postulants — an increase from previous years. Now, regional organic discernment communities are being formed by friars throughout the Province, inviting men...
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New Discernment Communities Growing in Holy Name Province

  Hot off the press! HNP Communications Director covers a new and growing trend in Holy Name Province Vocations: local discernment groups hosted by individual friaries. Could God be calling YOU to join a local discernment group? Are being called to be a Franciscan Friar?...
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Be a Franciscan Video Series: Discerning a Vocation

Br. Casey Cole, OFM discusses discerning a vocation to religious life. Br. Casey Cole, OFM invites the participants of the February, 2015 Come and See Discernment Retreat to reflect on the 40 days of Lent and what they mean in relation to discerning a call to religious life.
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Looking at Life Through the Lens of Joy

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM When I was in Bolivia a few months back, I was sitting in a café with a friend, talking about God knows what. At one point during the conversation I noticed that I was doing all the talking — and was quite animated about it — and he was just...
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St. Anthony of Padua: Worker of Wonders in Word and Deed

By Fr. Russell Becker, OFM “The Church proclaims the Paschal Mystery achieved in the saints who have suffered and have been glorified with Christ. She proposes them to the faithful as examples, drawing all to the Father through Christ; and through them, she pleads for God’s...
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My First 24 Hours

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM Vacation is over and it’s on to the next thing: summer assignment at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden, N.J. If the first 24 hours here are any indication of how the summer is going to go, it’s going to be a full summer. I hit the ground running the...
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We Are In Need of a Good Shepherd

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM This weekend I was in Raleigh, NC giving a reflection for Vocation’s Sunday and Franciscan Formation weekend as an attempt to raise interest in and support for the friars, the shepherds of so many. I ask that you take these petitions seriously, that you may...
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