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Franciscan Life

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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A Day in the Life of a Friar

Ordained in 2009, Baltimore native Fr. Hugh Macsherry, OFM, shares his experience of life and ministry at an inner city parish in Camden, NJ.  For Fr. Hugh, the best part of being a friar is “sharing God’s work with each other and the larger community.” His...
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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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Historic Meeting Focuses on Franciscan Life and Mission in U.S.

As part of an international Order, the Franciscans often collaborate with their sister provinces in the United States and other parts of the world. This year, the leadership teams of the seven OFM provinces in the U.S. came together for their first-ever joint discussion of the...
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My Franciscan Journey

By Fr. Guy Morgan, OFM Vocations to religious life don’t suddenly pop up; they percolate over time. At least that’s how my Franciscan journey evolved. I was born in a good Catholic family, a middle child between an older brother and a younger sister. I grew up during the...
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Franciscan Life — Many Things, Never Dull

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM Last year, our friar community made the commitment to get out and monthly try something new together — something outside our collective comfort zone. A few months ago, it was a cooking class. Last month was demolition with Habitat for Humanity. This week,...
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The Blessing of Friends

By Fr. John Anglin, OFM The following reflection on Franciscan life and the importance of friendships with lay people was posted on April 29 on Fr. John’s blog, The Wandering Friar. I thought that I would take a different turn in my blog posting and give you another glimpse...
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It’s a Wonderful Life

By Fr. Sean O’Brien, OFM  People are often curious about what a parish priest does all day. It is not uncommon to hear voices inquiring, “Father, aside from saying Mass on Sunday, what else do you do?” Sometimes I feel ill equipped to adequately describe a typical day in my...
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Welcome to Our New Vocation Office Blog!

Dear friends, Welcome to our new blog, “Be A Franciscan: News and Views From the Franciscan Vocation Ministry.” Have you ever considered making a “life shift?” Do you feel a possible call to our Franciscan way of life? My name is Fr. Brian Smail, OFM,...
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