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An Attitude of Gratitude

In a recent posting on his blog, The Wandering Friar, Fr. John Anglin, OFM, reminds us to be aware of and grateful for the many blessings God has given us in our lives. That is, we need to become like the one leper out of the ten cured by Jesus in the gospel story who expressed...
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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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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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Brother Wants to Bother: What Brotherhood Means to Me

As Franciscans, we are first and foremost a community of brothers. Within this community, some of us choose to be friar priests, and others non-ordained brothers. As he prepares for a future as a brother friar, newly professed Ramon Razon, OFM, describes this unique vocation as...
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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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Seasonal Reflection: St. Clare of Assisi

By Fr. Thomas Hartle, OFM The feast of St. Clare, lifelong friend of St. Francis of Assisi, is celebrated Aug. 11. Below, Holy Name Province’s spiritual assistant to the Poor Clares shares his thoughts on the first abbess of the Second Order of Franciscans. In an age when the...
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Seasonal Reflection: St. Bonaventure

By Fr. Christopher VanHaight, OFM In anticipation of the feast of St. Bonaventure on July 15, Fr. Christopher VanHaight, OFM, pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, N.J., reflects on the ways his community embodies the teachings of the 13th century saint. On the list of...
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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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Jubilarian Profile: Henry Fulmer Marks 25 Years as a Friar

By Wendy Healy The following article is part of a series of profiles of friars commemorating anniversaries of profession in 2013. It is taken from the June 19, 2013, edition of HNP Today, the Province’s bi-weekly e-newsletter.   Br. Henry Fulmer, OFM, pastoral associate at...
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Seasonal Reflection: St. Anthony of Padua

By Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM In anticipation of the feast of St. Anthony, Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Camden, N.J., reflects on the way that the friars at St. Anthony see their parish’s patron saint at work in their community, one of the most...
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