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St. Francis of Assisi

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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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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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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Formation Update: ‘The Habit Doesn’t Make the Franciscan’

By Br. Abraham Joseph, OFM The novices at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate of the United States OFM provinces are roughly halfway through their yearlong stay in Burlington, Wis. In the reflection below, Holy Name Province’s student friar, originally from Haiti, writes...
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Guidelines for Discerning Your Vocation

By Fr. Dan Lackie, OFM How do I know what God is calling me to do with my life? Here are some suggestions for discerning God’s call and becoming the person God created you to be. God’s call to a particular path or lifestyle — look simple. Yet our faith conviction challenges...
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Formation Update: Interfaith Dialogue Highlights Annual Gathering

By Br. John Aherne, OFM Seventeen friars in initial formation, along with six solemnly-professed friars, hunkered down during the recent polar vortex to take part in the annual formation intersession, held from Jan. 4 to 8 at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center in Marriottsville,...
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Franciscans and the Christmas Message

In his Christmas reflection, Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, General Minister of the world-wide Order of Friars Minor, shares his thoughts on Christ’s birth and calls Franciscans — and all people — to model their lives and ministries ever more closely to the examples set by St....
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Formation Update: Receiving the Habit

By Br. Abraham Joseph, OFM The novices at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate of the United States OFM provinces received their habits during the rite of investiture ceremony celebrated last month. In the reflection below, Holy Name Province’s student friar Br. Abraham...
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Homily of Pope Francis on the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

We hope you had a Blessed Feast of St. Francis! The following is a homily given by Pope Francis during the Oct. 4th Feast Day Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy. I give you thanks, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for you have hidden these things from the wise...
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