About Lee Potts, OFS

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The Padua Program

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Greetings and peace!

Sr. Margaret Carney OSF asked that I share the news about The Padua Program – a program to assist lay women and men who are in positions in Franciscan ministries ( colleges, schools, hospitals, social centers) who have responsibility for promoting the Franciscan mission.  More and more lay persons will be taking the place of retiring sisters, friars, etc.., and those positions would be ideal for prepared members of our OFS family.  Some of you may already be holding such jobs, and this program would be a help to you as well.

I am attaching some documents below that will give you an idea of the scope of the program, along with a link to learn more. Please share the news of this opportunity widely — and quickly —  as the Registration deadline is Sept. 5

Should anyone be interested in more information, you may contact Sr. Margaret Carney directly. Her email is  MCARNEY@sbu.edu

Thank you for your help in increasing awareness of this opportunity.

Peace and good,

Padua Project Brochure

Padua FAQ

Bring the values of St. Francis of Assisi into your organization through The Padua Program, professional development for Mission Integration Officers. 

  • Deepen your knowledge of Francis and Clare
  • Learn how to apply Franciscan values to today’s workplace challenges
  • Acquire skills to use Franciscan economics and to use morals and ethics in decision-making

Learn more at: Summer & Fall 2018 Programs

The Padua Program is a partnership project of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities and St. Bonaventure Institute.

2018-07-27T23:14:52+00:00July 27th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|1 Comment

Families Crises – A Letter from our National JPIC Animator

Greetings dear National Family!

I pray this finds you well and filled with the Lord’s peace!

If you only have time to skim this letter, please see the highlighted part below.

If you have time to read this entire message, it was written from my heart to yours.

As we continue to celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Holy Rule, I am reminded of our life in fraternity. What a joy and a gift it is to be in fraternity, with family. I, myself, have been welcomed back into fraternity after being without for nearly three years. Yes, I have had my regional and national families, but there is something very special about your own local fraternity. It is the place you are fed and nurtured; it is the warm ground that houses and embodies the seeds for spiritual growth. It is the true foundation of being Franciscan.

I know very well what it feels like to be separated from my Franciscan family. I cannot imagine what it must be like for a child forced to be separated from his or her parents. Our Holy Rule speaks of the family as being the place where we should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity and respect for life. The family is that sacred and holy ground for cultivating that spirit. And in these times, I do not take that lightly.

I know there are many of our Secular Franciscan brothers and sisters on the ground helping to reunite separated families; working individually and collectively in the forefront, promoting justice by their very courageous actions. We annually recognize someone doing this great work and celebrate them with the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Award. But who are those unnamed Seculars working in this climate of separated families and “zero tolerance” policies?

If you or a fellow Secular is working with other individuals or organizations to help with this current crisis, please let me know.  Please send me a brief description of what you are doing and the organization(s) you are working with – be it a private, public or faith-based organization. If you would email me at ctownes26 @ gmail.com, by this Friday, July 13, 2018, I would really appreciate it.

Please be assured of the prayers of the entire National JPIC Commission as you continue to work for justice in these difficult and trying times. May the Lord continue to give you peace.

Wishing you blessings of peace and all good!

Carolyn D. Townes, OFS
National Animator, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
U.S. Secular Franciscan Order

Confirmed and Renewed: Live the Treasure!
Celebrating 40 Years of our Holy Rule

2018-07-12T21:16:53+00:00July 10th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, JPIC|0 Comments

Celebrate the Rule Cards – Week 9: Do I adapt my involvement in the OFS…

CIOFS is publishing a series of weekly cards to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Rule. The Week 9 cards are below.

You can view all the cards that have been released so far
by clicking here.

2018-06-30T20:38:35+00:00June 30th, 2018|Categories: Celebrate the Rule Cards, CIOFS, The OFS Rule|1 Comment

A message from His Holiness Pope Francis on the occasion of our Rule’s 40th anniversary

Dear brothers and sisters,

Please find attached the letter of the  Secretary of State of His Holiness, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, with the message of His Holiness Pope Francis, sent on occasion of the 40th anniversary of the approval of the Rule.

Pax et Bonum!
Isabella Di Paola
General Secretary CIOFS

2018-06-26T22:33:02+00:00June 26th, 2018|Categories: CIOFS, The OFS Rule|Tags: |0 Comments

June 2018 Minister’s Message — Our Jubilee Begins!

Jan Parker’s newest Minister’s Message marks the 40th anniversary of the OFS Rule of 1978 (June 24th) as well as the Jubilee Year declared by CIOFS to celebrate this important milestone. The message poses two important questions: “What does the 40th Anniversary of the Rule mean for us, if not to live more fully who we are called to be?” and “How are we to do this?”

Jan offers a wealth of resources to help us accomplish what these questions encourage us to do and she suggests a patron saint for our Jubilee year — one that perhaps may surprise you.


2018-06-23T20:21:04+00:00June 23rd, 2018|Categories: Minister’s Message|0 Comments

Read our General Minister’s Letter Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Our Rule

Dear National OFS Family,

Greetings from the Sisters and Brothers of the National Executive Council!  Peace and all good!

We begin this Jubilee year with a wonderful gift from our General Minister and brother Tibor – a letter addressed to all OFS and YouFra, all over the world!  We share his letter (en español) with great joy, and agree with Mary Stronach, who translated it into Spanish: “Every word, every thought touched me and helped me strengthen my vocation.”  Let us receive this gift as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of our OFS Rule.  May it be a springboard for us as we launch into this Jubilee with both joy and devotion!

2018-06-24T13:10:56+00:00June 23rd, 2018|Categories: CIOFS, New Resource|0 Comments

Celebrate the Rule Cards – Week 8: Do I live the Gospel?

CIOFS is publishing a series of weekly cards to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Rule. The Week 8 cards are below.

You can view all the cards that have been released so far
by clicking here.

2018-06-20T21:50:17+00:00June 20th, 2018|Categories: Celebrate the Rule Cards, CIOFS|0 Comments

Film recommendation: Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

From our National Minister, Jan Parker, OFS:

It is my heartfelt wish that every Secular Franciscan take any opportunity – or make an opportunity – to see the movie “Pope Francis: A Man of His Word.” It is extraordinary! I came away compelled – realizing I have barely begun to live the Franciscan life I professed. Our mission is stated clearly, passionately – and Pope Francis gives us hope! See it in a theater, if you can. The images unfold beautifully on the big screen.

Jan Parker OFS
National Minister OFS-USA

Official Website: http://focusfeatures.com/pope-francis-a-man-of-his-word/

Director: Wim Wenders
Writer: Wim Wenders

Release Date: May 18, 2018

Runtime: 1hr 36m Synopsis: “Pope Francis – A Man of His Word” is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him. The pope’s ideas and his message are central to this documentary, which sets out to present his work of reform and his answers to today’s global questions.

2018-06-17T17:29:45+00:00June 17th, 2018|Categories: Announcements|3 Comments

Celebrate the Rule Cards – Week 7: Do I strive for perfect charity?

CIOFS is publishing a series of weekly cards to help celebrate the 40th anniversary of our Rule. The Week 7 cards are below.

You can view all the cards that have been released so far
by clicking here.

2018-06-15T21:30:49+00:00June 15th, 2018|Categories: Celebrate the Rule Cards, CIOFS|0 Comments

Celebrate the Rule with this new CIOFS video

Dear Brothers and Sisters of the OFS of the United States,

CIOFS, our international fraternity, has prepared a special gift for us to help us celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Rule. It is a 12-minute video, entitled, “Forty years of the ‘New’ Rule. A Treasure for the OFS.”  It provides an historical perspective on the Rule of 1978 and a beautiful summary.

Click video to the right to watch the English version right now, right on this page. The links below will take you to each of the four language versions on YouTube. Please send a link to all of your fraternities and members. View the video and celebrate the rule together. Take some time to discuss and contemplate its message. Celebrate this great treasure in your hearts and carry it with you throughout the day.

This video is available in the four official languages:

The code below can be used to embed the videos in a webpage or social media post:

  • English:
    Copy to Clipboard
  • Spanish:
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  • Italian:
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2018-06-14T20:19:42+00:00June 14th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, CIOFS, New Resource|7 Comments
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