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Vocare: A Postulant’s Vocation Story

In this post, Postulant Troy Hillman offers his thoughts and reflections on his own vocation journey. As we continue to celebrate National Vocation Awareness Week, Troy invites you to consider: is God calling you, or someone you know, to be a Franciscan Friar?     It is...
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Franciscan Mega-Conference 2016 Begins with Talk by Minister General

Michael Perry, OFM, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor, opened the 2016 Franciscan Mega-Conference with his keynote talk titled “Lesser Brothers on a Vocation Journey of Mercy.” Fr. Michael highlighted eight key “tools” that are essential for...
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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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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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Seasonal Reflection: Integrity of Creation

By Fr. Joseph Rozansky, OFM In honor of Earth Day, which was April 22, and in anticipation of the 35th anniversary of the naming of St. Francis as patron of ecology this fall, the director of the Order’s Office for Justice, Peace and integrity of Creation (JPIC) encourages...
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Holy Week – A Week of Memory

By Fr. John Anglin, OFM A number of years ago, at one of the rare times in which Holy Week and Passover did not come together, I had the privilege of being invited to share one of the nights of Passover in a Jewish home. To say the least it was quite an honor for me and they...
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My Franciscan Journey

By Br. Paul O’Keeffe, OFM My Franciscan journey began with a trip to Italy that my parents gave me as a high school graduation present. I grew up with images and statues of St. Francis all around me at home and at the Catholic School I attended. Yet, like many people, I had...
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