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Discernment

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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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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Really, Would You Do It With Me?

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM During a trip to Greenville, S.C., last month, Br. Casey Cole, OFM, spoke to parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Church during several weekend Masses. Describing God’s constant and supportive presence in our lives, he shared a bit of his own...
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Things That Help Me Discern, Part 3: Being Joyful

By Daniel Beckham The following is the final installment in a three-part series exploring the importance of “being” in discerning a vocation to religious life. In it, Daniel Beckham, who entered initial formation in late August, focuses on being joyful. Previous...
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Things that Help Me Discern, Part 3: Being Honest (or the Important of Being Ernest)

By Daniel Beckham The following is the second installment in a three-part series exploring the importance of “being” in discerning a vocation to religious life. In it, Daniel Beckham, who entered initial formation in late August, focuses on honesty — with oneself,...
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Things that Help Me Discern, Part 3: Being Open

By Daniel Beckham After a somewhat lengthy hiatus, the following is a final installment of a three-part series on “things that help me discern.” In it, Daniel Beckham, who entered initial formation in Silver Spring, Md., in late August, reflects on some of the ways of...
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Assisi Reflection: “Sacred Ground”

By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM Recently I had the opportunity to accompany a group of friars on a pilgrimage to Assisi, where the history of the Franciscan movement had its birth in a man named Francis. Many people come to Assisi to witness the sheer beauty of this hill town in the...
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Things that Help Me Discern, Part 1: Listening

By Daniel Beckham The following reflection is taken from a blog entitled “Detour to Holiness: My Wayward Journey to the Religious Life … So Far” by Daniel Beckham, who will begin his postulant year with Holy Name Province this August. In this entry, posted on...
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Formation Update: Postulancy Offers Diverse Experiences

The postulant year offers men a variety of experiences as they embark on formation to friar life. In addition to meeting friars and visiting ministries throughout the province, postulants attend a number of workshops and retreats. At these and other gatherings, they meet...
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A Seasonal Reflection: A Fast From the Unusual

During the season of Lent, we are reminded of Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross to save us from our sins. As we journey toward Easter, we are invited to put aside distractions and focus on prayer. Below, Fr. Philip O’Shea, OFM, encourages readers to take advantage of the new...
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