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Franciscan ministries

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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My Journey to Franciscan Life

By Br. Walter Liss, OFM My five-year journey as a Franciscan has taken me along many unexpected, challenging, and joyful paths. When people ask me why I joined the Franciscans, I always put the blame on God, since a religious vocation was not my idea. When I joined, the whole...
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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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Becoming a Friar: My Experiences in Formation

By Br. Edgardo Zea Laura, OFM I was born on Oct. 15, 1979, in Arequipa, Peru. Over a period of four years, I earned a certificate in clinical laboratory science from Cayetano Heredia Institute and worked as a lab hematologist in a clinic in Lima. In my spare time I enjoy walking,...
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Utilizing My Talents for God’s Work

God has given each of us a unique set of talents. In this reflection, student friar Br. Michael Reyes, OFM, relates how he shares his artistic talents with children in a parish program. We’d love to hear from you! What are some of the talents that you have and how do you...
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Smile, Jesus is at the Door

By Br. Jeffery Jordan, OFM While discerning a ministry site for the summer of 2010, I immediately felt drawn to St. Francis Inn in Philadelphia. Having volunteered at the Inn once a week as a novice, I wanted the full experience of living and serving there for an extended period...
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New York City “Come and See” Guests Experience Franciscan Commitment to Poor

By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM The spirit behind the Breadline and the St. Francis residences reflects a core concern of the Franciscans: the dignity of the human person. This tenet of Franciscan spirituality had its origins in the memorable encounter with St. Francis and the leper....
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Discernment, Sharing and Feeding the Hungry

The weekend began Friday evening with solemn Evening Prayer, followed by dinner and conversation in the friars’ rec. room. Saturday morning, Fr. David Convertinio, OFM, gave our guests an opening reflection on discernment and invited the guys to share their spiritual...
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