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Franciscan spirituality

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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The Canticle of the Creatures

In recognition of the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which is Oct. 4, we would like to take this opportunity to share one of his most beautiful writings, “The Canticle of the Creatures,” composed as a hymn in the year 1225. Francis wrote, “I wish to compose a new hymn about the...
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Thirteen Received as Novices in Wisconsin

Following the postulant year, the novitiate provides spiritual formation in the Franciscan tradition. Br. Abraham Joseph, OFM, was received as a novice at St. Francis Friary in Burlington, Wis., along with 12 men from the six other OFM provinces in the U.S., as well as the...
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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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HNP Friars Express Joy and Hope at Pope’s Election

Since he became pope, Francis has inspired feelings of hope and renewal throughout the world by his words and actions. This enthusiasm is shared by Holy Name Province friars and parishioners, who are delighted with his choice of name in honor of St. Francis of Assisi. “The...
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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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How Do You Bless the Work You Do Today?

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM Each day I receive an email contemplation exercise from http://revealedpresence.com/. There is a photo — usually of some incredible nature scene. The photographer has such an amazing eye for drawing out the sublime from what, for me, would be ordinary and...
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A Modern Take on Growing Closer to God

By Wendy Healy While the concept of having a relationship with God in human terms is not new, Br. Daniel Horan, OFM, has put a modern-day metaphorical spin on a time-honored theme. Saints and religious leaders throughout the ages have referred to God as a lover, friend and...
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