We hear all sorts of statistics about the closing and merging of parishes, the crisis of priestly vocations, the shrinking of religious orders. Those things are happening, but there’s new life brewing too. Ask young or new Franciscans today about the future, and you hear a lot of hope. That optimism, along with collaboration with laity, will be key in the order’s future.
Friar Frank Jasper, OFM, of the St. John the Baptist Province in Cincinnati, Ohio, dives into the topic.
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