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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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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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Formation Update: Postulants Visit New York, New Jersey Ministries

By Fr. Ronald Pecci, OFM Postulancy is a unique year in the journey to Franciscan life. During this first stage of formation, men live in community at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., to acclimate to the rhythms of religious life. They also travel throughout the province...
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Friars Gather for Discussion and Support

Each year in early January, a group of friars who are relatively early in their ministerial lives gather together to support each other and discuss topics of interest and concern. This year’s meeting of SPUFY (Solemnly Professed Friars Under Five Years) took place Jan. 6 to...
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A Day in the Life of a Friar: The Blessings and Challenges of Being a Pastor

By Fr. Christopher VanHaight, OFM I was asked to write an article on what a typical day is like for me as a friar and pastor of Saint Bonaventure Church in Paterson, NJ. One of the great things about being in a parish is that there is no such thing as a typical day. How boring...
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Seasonal Reflection: Faith, Knowledge and Service

By Br. Paul Santoro, OFM ) As educators and students around the country prepare for Catholic Schools Week, a friar with nearly 28 years of experience in Catholic education, writes about the ways Catholic schools strengthen faith, knowledge and service, and prepare students for...
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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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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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