Franciscan ministry

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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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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Kensington Friars Serve Dignity with Dinner

By Dan Geringer Fred Dilger was a big-time residential designer in Manhattan and Atlanta when, he said, “You get to the end of the rainbow and you ask, ‘Is this all there is?’ I wanted something more.” Seven years ago, he found that something. He suddenly...
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Franciscan Influences: Unspoken Wisdom

By Linda DiPietro This essay is part of a series in which lay people describe the impact that the friars have had on them. Below, a former staff member of the Catholic Center at the University of Georgia describes the lessons she learned from the friars’ actions and how their...
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Why “Francis?”

As a “Jesuit with a Franciscan heart,” the pope shares why he chose the name Francis in honor of the great saint from Assisi. “For me, he is the man of poverty, the man of peace, the man who loves and safeguards creation. In this moment when our relationship...
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Franciscan Influences: Appreciating Hospitality, Laughter and Lessons

Below is the 15th in a series of essays by Holy Name Province’s partners-in-ministry. It appeared in the April 25 issue of HNP Today, the Province’s biweekly e-newsletter. In the essay, Robert Hazlett, long-time director of a community center founded by St. Francis of...
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