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Franciscan

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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Novices Make Simple Profession

This past weekend, Franciscan Friars in the United States, Canada, and Ireland joined the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate in Burlington to celebrate the Simple Profession of nine novices, who have taken the next step in their Franciscan journey as Friars Minor!...
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Father Roy Gasnick, ‘Superhero,’ Dies

Father Roy Gasnick, a Franciscan priest bred in North Jersey, was a superhero to the Order and Holy Name Province. While heading the communications office of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province, he plunged into a venture that was as wildly successful as it was improbable:...
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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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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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My First 24 Hours

By Br. Casey Cole, OFM Vacation is over and it’s on to the next thing: summer assignment at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden, N.J. If the first 24 hours here are any indication of how the summer is going to go, it’s going to be a full summer. I hit the ground running the...
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Seasonal Reflection: Integrity of Creation

By Fr. Joseph Rozansky, OFM In honor of Earth Day, which was April 22, and in anticipation of the 35th anniversary of the naming of St. Francis as patron of ecology this fall, the director of the Order’s Office for Justice, Peace and integrity of Creation (JPIC) encourages...
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My Franciscan Journey

By Br. Paul O’Keeffe, OFM My Franciscan journey began with a trip to Italy that my parents gave me as a high school graduation present. I grew up with images and statues of St. Francis all around me at home and at the Catholic School I attended. Yet, like many people, I had...
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Dept. of Kindness: Breadline

By Ian Frazier On the first morning of the New Year, a few dozen people stood in a line on the sidewalk in front of the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, at 135 West Thirty-first Street. The sky was still dark. Nearby, in an entry to Penn Station, leftover New Year’s Eve...
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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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