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St. Francis Inn

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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Another Way to Discern Your Vocation: Consider Being a Franciscan Volunteer!

By Fr. Mike Duffy, OFM The process of discernment is never a “one size fits all” process of considering God’s call. Prayer, reflection, having a good spiritual director, and talking over questions and concerns with the Vocation Director are all important. But some young people...
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Giving More Than Just Bread

By Fr. Mike Duffy, OFM In this season of thanks and giving, a friar who is part of the team at St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, which serves roughly 350 meals every day of the year, reflects on the satisfaction of knowing that the ministry is providing much more than food. This...
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A Day in the Life of a Friar: Life in the “Hood” (Part 2)

The following is a continuation of a reflection entitled, “A Day in the Life of a Friar: Life in the ‘Hood,'” by Br. Fred Dilger, OFM. Click here to read Part 1. Evening Tradition: Service and Fraternity My main ministry is serving our guests, which really means...
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A Day in the Life of a Friar: Life in the “Hood” (Part 1)

The following is Part 1 of a reflection entitled, “A Day in the Life of a Friar: Life in the ‘Hood,'” by Br. Fred Dilger, OFM. My day begins early. As one of six friars assigned to Philadelphia’s St. Francis Inn, I am the guy who turns on the lights, starts up...
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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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How Volunteer Ministry Helped Me Discern My Vocation

Until two years ago, I had never considered religious life; it was too hard, too pious, and I hadn’t met anyone in religious life to whom I could relate. I knew I was called to ministry but, like much of my generation, I had limited knowledge of consecrated life, and the idea of...
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