Subscribe
Entries related to: franciscan

The Stigmata of Saint Francis

The Chapel of the Stigmata is perched on the edge of the same sheer precipice where Saint Francis stood two years before his death and where he was swept up into the mystery of God’s overwhelming love for him and for humanity. 
Read More

What's Not-So-Special about Franciscan Spirituality

Some of my Franciscan sisters and brothers will not like what I’m about to write here. And what I’m about to say can easily be misunderstood, so I will try my best to be clear: Contrary to popular belief, there is nothing particularly special about Franciscan spirituality!
Read More

Saint Francis and the Power of Prayer

Our lives are so easily fragmented between responsibilities to friends, family, employers, neighbors, and the larger human family that we may think we don’t have the time or energy for prayer. That was the experience of Saint Francis of Assisi up until his mid-twenties. Then he discovered that prayer was more real than many of the things he had been considering more important.
Read More

Milwaukee’s Franciscan ‘Peacemakers’

Deacon Steve Przedpelski, OFS, tells the story of a woman we’ll call Rebecca (in the interest of privacy). A successful professional with a college education and several years in a high-paying job, Rebecca seemed to be living out the American Dream as so many yearn to.
Read More

Love, Lived in Service

You could say service is in Katie Sullivan’s DNA. “Our family is one of educators, nurses, lawyers, and vowed religious (two great-aunts who were Dominicans and two aunts who are Daughters of Charity),” says Sullivan.
Read More

Fr. Andre McGrath: A Franciscan Life

From his birth, Fr. Andre McGrath was dedicated to God. The family never wanted to put pressure on Fr. McGrath, but they were pleased when he entered the seminary. Now, 50 years later, Fr. McGrath is celebrating his jubilee year as a Franciscan priest.
Read More

At the St. Anthony Shrine, ‘All Are Welcome’

With over 400,000 Latinos in the Boston area—many of whom are Catholic—the Church has its work cut out for it in reaching and enriching the faith lives of this growing population. Enter Brother Mario Gomez-Tejerina, OFM. 
Read More

Follower of Saint Francis: Franciscan Joy in the Desert

  The desert can be a dangerous and desolate place, but seven Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are changing that. They’re bringing the love and joy of God to the Arizona desert through their work at the Gila River Indian Community at St. Peter Indian Mission School.
Read More

Farming in the Spirit of Saint Francis

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth; break into song; sing praise” (Ps 98:4). If carrots, peas, and cucumbers were musical notes, then the earth at Canticle Farm in Allegany, New York, would raise the most joyful of songs to the Lord. Canticle Farm, a nonprofit, community-supported agriculture farm, or CSA, is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany (the FSA) as a way to fulfill the sisters’ mission of reverencing, protecting, and honoring the sacredness of God’s creation.
Read More

A Franciscan for 50 Years

"No one seemed to smile as much as the Franciscans,” says Sister Mary Lou Carlson, OSF, when she remembers discerning her call to religious life back in the 1960s. The warm sense of welcome that Franciscan spirituality exudes drew Sister Mary Lou into entering a religious life in community in 1964, but her vocation to serve was nothing new. “My ministry over the past 50 years has been to spread the Gospel of Jesus. I work hard to help people get to know Jesus and the unconditional love God has for ever yone,” she remarks.
Read More