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Father Michael Higgins Videos of Life-Giving Union Talks Now Available

Fr. Michael Higgins, T.O.R. – Video – “The Nature of Spiritual Assistance in the Secular Franciscan Order”; Keynote Address at the Life-Giving Union – Discernment and Discussion conference, August 26-29, 2019

Fr. Higgins keynote addresses from our August, 2019 gathering are now available in video, enhanced with selected slides from his presentations.  You can also view the entire PowerPoint presentation here Our Life-Giving Union – Discernment and Discussion – August 2019.

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2019-12-17T18:04:52-05:00December 8th, 2019|Categories: CNSA|0 Comments

Did You Know – Categories on Blogs

(This is the Second “Did You Know” blog.  The first one was about Calendars.  We hope you find them helpful)

You can view ALL the Blogs of a particular Category.

If you wish to review the Newsletter Blogs, click on one of the Blogs of the Newsletter and scroll down to the bottom of the Blog.

You will see the Date and the Category.  Some blogs will have more than one category.

Click on the Category “From the Newsletter” and only the Newsletter Blogs will be shown in the order that they were published.

2019-12-06T10:49:35-05:00December 6th, 2019|Categories: Did You Know|0 Comments

National Priority 2018-2020 Fraternity Life

(This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue of the TAU-USA)

 Pope Francis on “Fraternity”

 Address of Pope Francis to the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual

June 17, 2019

The Gospel is for you, dear brothers, “rule and life” (Saint Francis, Regula Bullata, I, 1) and your mission is none other than that of being a living Gospel, “a living ‘exegesis’ of God’s word” as Benedict XVI said (Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini, 83). The Gospel must be your handbook. Always listen to it carefully; pray with it; and following the example of Mary, “Virgin made Church” (see Saint Francis, Greeting to the Blessed Virgin Mary, 1), meditate assiduously, so that, by assimilating it, you may conform your life to the life of Christ.

This way of following is characterized, first of all, by fraternity, which Francis considered a gift: “The Lord gave me brothers” (Testament, 14). Fraternity is a gift to be received with gratitude. It is a reality that is always “on the move”, under construction, and therefore asks for the contribution of all, without anyone excluding himself or being excluded; in which there are no “consumers” but only builders (see General Constitution OFMConv, 55, 5).  A reality in which we can live out paths of continuous apprenticeship, of openness to the other, of mutual interchange; a welcoming reality, ready and willing to accompany; a reality in which it is possible to take a break from everyday life, to cultivate silence and the contemplative gaze and thus recognize in it the imprint of God; a reality in which you all consider yourself brothers, both ministers and other members of the fraternity; an experience in which everyone is called to love and nurture his brother, just as a mother loves and nurtures her own child (see Saint Francis, Regula non Bullata, IX, 11). I urge you to nurture your fraternity with the spirit of holy prayer and devotion “to which all other temporal things must serve” (Id., Regula Bullata, V, 2). In this way, your fraternal life in community becomes a form of prophecy in the Church and in the world; and it becomes a school of communion, to be exercised always, following the example of Francis, in a relationship of love and obedience with the Pastors.

1) Pope Francis is addressing First Order friars, but his thoughts on fraternity are also relevant to Secular Franciscans. He observes that Francis considered fraternity a gift. How is fraternity a gift to you?

2) The Holy Father lists a series of attributes which characterize the reality of fraternity. Which of these attributes apply to your local fraternity? What are some practical ways you could nurture them?

3) Pope Francis suggests that the outcome of fraternal life is community is a “form of prophecy in the Church and in the world, and a school of communion”. Which articles of the OFS Rule call us to a prophetic stance? To living in communion?

4) How visible is your fraternity in your local parish? Your community?

2019-12-05T13:37:32-05:00December 5th, 2019|Categories: From the Newsletter|0 Comments

Value of Nativity Scene Continues, Says Pope Francis

The nativity scene is “like the living Gospel, rising up from the pages of sacred Scripture,” according to Pope Francis who issued a new Apostolic Letter on its importance on the First Sunday in Advent.  He issued the letter at the Shrine of the Nativity in Greccio, Italy, where St. Francis of Assisi created the first Christmas creche in 1223.

Entitled “Admirabile Signum: On the Meaning and Importance of the Nativity Scene,” the letter highlights the value of continuing the tradition. You can read his letter here.  You can view the service where he released the letter here.

2019-12-03T09:38:06-05:00December 3rd, 2019|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Summer Seminar for Secular Franciscans “Clare of God”

(This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue of TAU-USA)

Secular Franciscans Explore “Clare of God: A Spirituality for our Time”

Summer Seminar recap by Anna Rzewnicki, SFO, Padre Pio Fraternity, Raleigh, N.C.

“Sometimes, we are drawn to something because it’s already in us,” said Sr. Loretta Schaff, OSF, D. Min., in her opening remarks at the 10th Annual Summer Seminar for Secular Franciscans, held July 11-14, 2019, at St. Francis University in Loretto, Penn. “We try to reach that something – heart to soul and back again,” she said.

Sharing insights from her reflections on St. Clare of Assisi (1194-1253), a contemporary of St. Francis of Assisi and founder of the Poor Ladies or Poor Clares, Sr. Loretta said she had a sense that Clare would have phrased it this way: “You are to be who you are, as I was who I was.”

Sr. Loretta, a sister of St. Francis of Philadelphia, musician, educator and regional spiritual assistant for the Troubadours of Peace Region in the Pacific Northwest, and Fr. John Petrikovic, OFM Cap., now a full-time preacher, Franciscan researcher and musician on the staff of the Assisi Franciscan pilgrimages Program, co-led the seminar, incorporating music, art and liturgy to present the life and legacy of St. Clare and her relevance for our times.

The Very Rev. Joseph Lehman, TOR, Minister, Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, was spiritual assistant, and Br. Robert Herrick, OFM Cap., was music minister.

Learning more about St. Clare, her environment, abandonment of the wealth of her family and embracing Christ’s riches – his poverty – were among key takeaways for the 50-plus attendees, who represented 22 fraternities in 11 states from Delaware to Arizona.

The presenters provided historical context, explaining that, like Francis, Clare and her two sisters – Catherine (later taking the name Agnes) and Beatrice – grew up as members of Assisi’s noble class in the feudal world of 13th century Italy. Theirs was an era of romanticism and rules of courtly life, including marriage and managing a household of their own.

They were guided by their mother Ortolana – a pious woman who was a poet and who had made several pilgrimages to Monte Gargano and Rome, as well as a hazardous journey to the Holy Land.

Theirs was also a turbulent era. From the age of six to 12, Clare, with her mother, sister and servants, lived in exile in Perugia until a treaty with the citizens of Assisi was settled in 1205.

When Clare was 17, she heard Francis preach. Her “heart was set on fire,” and she received radical grace, Sr. Loretta said. On Palm Sunday 1212, Clare left her family home and a life of nobility to join Francis, cutting her hair and donning a poor tunic, as Francis and the brothers had. He brought her to a Benedictine monastery in nearby Bastia; later, her sister Catherine (Agnes) joined her there.

Their uncle Monaldo, now the family patriarch, angry about losing two daughters of the family who could enrich their noble status through marriage, accompanied by armed kinsmen, went to the monastery to bring Clare, and later Catherine, home; both successfully resisted.

Clare later moved to a residence with a women’s community at Sant’Angelo in Panzo until Francis and the brothers could ready her new home at San Damiano – where St. Francis heard his call to rebuild the Church. They were joined by other women, including her mother after her husband’s death.

Clare wrote a Form of Life for her community, which had grown to more than 50 women, and reluctantly accepted the title of abbess, although she preferred to serve as guardian. She provided a formula for the Poor Clares – gaze, consider, contemplate, so as to imitate – and held to a strict regimen: she fasted, went barefooted, sewed, and slept on a straw mat.

Clare’s influence reached beyond her immediate community, as documented by four letters she wrote to Agnes of Prague, the daughter of the king of Bohemia (1234-1253),who sought to follow Clare’s vision of poverty in following Christ Jesus. “What Clare said to Agnes is also meant for us,” Sr. Loretta said.

In the four letters, Clare commends Agnes for selecting poverty; appears to provide spiritual direction; encourages her to be a co-worker with God, to become what she is reflecting on in the San Damiano cross; and encourages her to carryon living the Form of Life, saying, “Gaze upon that mirror each day and study your face in it. That reflection becomes a reflection to others.”

Fr. John discussed Clare’s efforts to receive approval from the Pope for the Poor Ladies’ life of poverty. Like Francis, she wanted her sisters to live as “pilgrims and strangers in this world,” allowing God to be God. Her “privilege of poverty” was to not accept lands and resources which secured life for the sisters, like the other monasteries of Europe. Clare did not want to be forced to be “secure.” She trusted God would provide.

Clare died at age 60, the day after approval for her Form of Life was granted by the Pope. She was canonized just two years later, in 1255.

Fr. John said, “Seeing St. Clare’s life in the context of the 13th century allows us to see that we are not called to pretend or to ‘imitate’ the details of what she did, but to respond to grace within our own contexts and lives.”

He provided as example the Dossal of St. Clare, a painting from c. 1280 depicting events in her life, saying that “each of us could create a dossal of our own lives, to detail how God is working in and through our humanity.”

Fr. John also discussed how Clare’s and Francis’ vision of an apostolic life had evolved through their century’s understanding that Jesus’ life was one of itinerancy. He had asked his disciples to “follow me;” their experiences on the road would teach them to respond to the Lord’s invitation to exercise love in the real faces of those they encountered on the journey.

About fraternity, Sr. Loretta said, “That is the place where we can engage in deeper conversations. Find someone that you can talk with deeply about your relationship with Christ. Clare and Agnes were doing this, but it’s so much bigger than the two of them. It’s beyond Assisi; it’s worldwide.”

“Francis responded to the Spirit through the eyes of a merchant and future knight; Clare, through the eyes of a noble lady and bride,” Fr. John said. “Our changing times will give shape to that same Spirit. Through contemplation and reflection on the mirror of Christ’s immense love and charity, will we be able to incarnate that immense love in a language which we can speak today? Can we allow the clear light of God’s mercy and peace to shine in the 21st century,” he asked, “so that people can hear and be drawn to the Gospel in our time and space? It’s truly a spirituality, not for the dust of history, but for our time.”

2019-12-02T09:27:46-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Categories: From the Newsletter|0 Comments

National Minister’s Message November 29, 2019

 In the Footsteps of all the Franciscan Saints

A message to all the members of the Secular Franciscan Order

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

Peace and joy to you in Christ Jesus!

I thought of you, each member of our Order, as I pondered these readings (from Franciscan Morning and Evening Praise) for the Feast of All the Saints of the Franciscan Order (Nov. 29):

Reading: Ephesians 1:15-18, 2:10,22 (with comments)

“I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and of your love toward all the saints, and for this reason I do not cease to give thanks for you, as I remember you in my prayers.  I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you (all of us!) a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you (we!) come to know …what is the hope (the great hope!) to which God has called you (to which God has called us!), what are the riches of God’s glorious inheritance among saints…(Think of it! This is our inheritance!)  For we are his handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them….  and you also (all of us!) are being built together into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

Reading: Bonaventure, The Evening Sermon on Saint Francis (emphasis added)

“The heavens encompass everything, they contain all things, yet they are contained by nothing… There is no star however small whose immensity would not fill the earth and give it light.  Though the lights and rays of each star coalesce in the atmosphere, they are found to be distinct when we look up at the stars themselves.  It is something similar with devout souls whom the Holy Spirit enlightens with divine radiance.  These are the posterity of the Holy Spirit and this posterity is as the stars of heaven, for the Holy Spirit brings forth devout souls in an altogether wondrous way.”   (FAED II, 729)

In my prayer this morning I asked God to continue to guide each professed member of our Order, to grant each of you the wisdom and strength and perseverance that you need.  I am honored to be your minister.  You are the devout souls spoken of in this passage above; and I do not cease to give thanks for you, as I remember you in my prayers.  Thank you, my sister and brother devout souls!  Thank you for being such shining stars, as we are being built up into a dwelling place of God.  This truly is wondrous!

May God’s grace help us as we do what is ours to do, as we have been called.  And, “let us not take our minds off of God, but rather with a pure heart and mind, and in whatever way we are best able, let us serve, love, honor and adore the Lord God, for that is what God wants above all else.”  (Cf. Earlier Rule 22:25-26)

With love, prayers, and a grateful heart,

Jan

P.S. Happy New Year!  Let us look back in gratitude, and look forward in hope, as we journey together in love and compassion.

2019-11-30T12:35:35-05:00November 30th, 2019|Categories: Minister’s Message|0 Comments

DID YOU KNOW

 The What’s and Where’s to Find

on the National Secular Franciscan Website

As suggested by Jan Parker, our National Minister, we would like to provide “DID YOU KNOW” blogs in the coming months of what this tremendous site has in store for us.

We will start with the CALENDARS pages.

THE CALENDARS

 The CALENDARS contain four calendars:

  • Full Calendar (All Events),
  • OFS Retreats, Workshops, and Chapters
  • Regional Elections and Visitations
  • Franciscan Holy Days

Let’s look at with Franciscan Holy Days.

On your Computer:

From the HOME page, place your cursor over “Calendars” on the top bar.

The four calendars will be listed in the drop-down.

Click on “Franciscan Holy Days”.  And this displays…

On your phone (I am just learning the “how to’s” with viewing websites on my phone and some phones are different),

But there are three small lines on top each other – in the right top somewhere (on some phones or sites they will be on the left).   Tap these lines and the top bar of available pages (Home, News & Updates, Resources, Calendars, Contacts) will list on your phone.

Tap “Calendars”.

Now, you can view the calendar by the month or in a list of events.

The “VIEW AS” allows you to choose a calendar view by the month or in a list.

Now, on the monthly calendar, Scroll down to the end of the calendar.

Viewing the calendar by the month on Nov 23rd, the date bar of Nov 23rd is highlighted and the previous days are lightened,

On Nov 26th is St. Leonard of Port Maurice.     Click or press the Saint, and a page will display with information on that saint.

To view other months, you can click or press, at the end of the calendar, on the previous month (October) or the next month (December).

Or … you can go back to the top of the calendar and use the “EVENTS IN” box to get to another month and even in another year.

MORE in the next “DID YOU KNOW” blog.

 

2019-11-26T10:50:42-05:00November 26th, 2019|Categories: Did You Know|0 Comments

National Minister’s Message – TAU-USA Summer/Fall 2019

by Jan Parker, OFS

Let Us Serve the Lord with a Pure Heart and Mind

(This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2019 issue of the TAU-USA)

All of us like to get things done, and like many of you I have quite a to-do list. My list is kept on individual note cards, one task per card. I like to shuffle through the cards to prioritize what’s next and then work to get it done. There is something very satisfying about accomplishing a task collegially, creatively and joyfully, knowing you have done what is yours to do. What a great feeling to get something off our to do list!

No matter what method we use to help us get things done, there are times in life when we are stopped dead in our tracks. It may be loss, conflict or confusion, but when something big lands right in our path, we are often stopped short. We are consumed by what is before us, with little energy to do anything else. I had a profound experience of this a few years ago. I was paralyzed by a gut-wrenching quandary. My stress level was high, deadlines were upon me, and I faced a situation with seemingly no Franciscan way out. It was horrible. I kept asking myself what is the right thing to do? I went back and forth. I prayed and prayed. I consulted with friends, but I was stuck. On top of everything else, I was a new minister, and our council was preparing for its first visitation. More stress! Little did I know; it was this visitation that would change everything.

On the day of our visitation, our fraternal visitor asked to meet with each council member one-on-one. Somehow, I knew I needed to go first. I sat down to talk with her, filled with both hope and fear. I knew she was there to help me, but what could she do? She began by simply asking, “What’s going on, Jan?” and that was all it took. I could not hold back my tears. She listened with compassion as I poured out the whole story. When I was finished, she looked directly into my eyes, and said, “Jan, you must have purity of heart.” Her words cut keenly. She was right. Her wisdom at that moment was God sent.

It may seem odd to you that this answer would be so very helpful to me, but purity of heart was exactly what I needed.

Purity of heart sets us free. St. Francis calls us to this freedom, to “put aside every care and anxiety, to serve, love, honor and adore the Lord God with a clean heart and a pure mind[1].”

Purity of heart begins with prayer. We must “pray always with a pure heart[2].” I had been praying, but where was the center of my heart? Was it in God, or in myself? Purity of heart means we must clear our hearts of any ego attachments – our self-image, self-concern, self-preservation. Surrender is key. I needed to put aside the workings of my mind and let go of my obsessions – all my questions, doubts and fears. Only then would my heart be pure – and free to be open to the direction of God’s Spirit dwelling within me.

Purity of heart gives us new sight – a new way of seeing things. I was seeing things from my perspective, not as God sees them. “A pure heart sees into the depth of things. Our hearts are pure when we see earthly things from on high, that is when we see their true value[3].”  What was the true value in this situation? I needed to see this clearly. Once I could see the activity of the Holy Spirit in the midst of all that was happening, I was no longer paralyzed.

Ever since that day, the words “pure of heart” jump out at me. My understanding and appreciation of being pure in heart have steadily deepened. I see it in Francis’s prayer before the crucifix, “bring light to the darkness of my heart,” and in his Later Rule, “Desire above all things (supra omnia) to have the Spirit of the Lord and its holy activity [and] to pray always with a pure heart.” Most especially I see it in our OFS Rule: “Witnessing to the good yet to come and obliged to acquire purity of heart because of the vocation they have embraced, they should set themselves free to love God and their brothers and sisters[4].”

Interestingly enough, a few weeks ago I learned that the Chinese word for “intelligence” or “bright” (慧) has a connection to purity of heart. The word consists of two pictograms: at the top is the word for broom (扫); the bottom is the word for heart (⼼). The bright person, the person of wisdom, has a heart swept clean. Blessed indeed are the pure of heart[5]!

“We must not be wise and prudent according to the flesh,

but, instead, we must be simple, humble and pure.”

Francis of Assisi, Second Letter to the Faithful

[1] Francis of Assisi, Earlier Rule 22. 25-31

[2] Francis of Assisi, Later Rule 10.8

[3] Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer, pg 112

[4] Rule of the Secular Franciscan Order, Article 12

[5] Matthew 5:8

2019-12-06T10:37:34-05:00November 22nd, 2019|Categories: From the Newsletter, Minister’s Message|1 Comment

Formation Course for National Spiritual Assistants to the OFS Ends Today in Rome

The Formation Course for National Spiritual Assistants to the OFS and YouFra ends today with a presentation by Ana Fruk, OFS, from Croatia, on Promoting YouFra.  Many will remember Ana from her YouFra days.  She is now a Presidency Councilor.  She is pictured here with Fr. Francis Dor, OFM Cap., Fr. Christopher Panagoplos, T.O.R., and Fr. Jerome Wolbert, OFM.

Over 60 Friars participated in the gathering in Rome this week, representing nearly as many countries, including Arabia, Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, France, Great Britain, Haiti, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Mexico, Mozambique, Myanmar, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Paraguay, The Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Rwanda, Slovenia, Slovakia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Tanzania, Uganda, United Arab Emirates, USA, Venezuela, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

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2019-11-18T16:28:00-05:00November 15th, 2019|Categories: Announcements|0 Comments

160 Years – Utica, NY Fraternity Celebrates with Awards and Street Signs

Betty Frank, OFS, who was professed 70 years ago and is one of the longest living professed Secular Franciscans in the U.S., helped to unveil the “Welcome to Utica” sign for city officials during the 160th Anniversary Celebration of St. Joseph Fraternity. Founded in March 1859, the fraternity is the second oldest in the country. Photo by Alex Stronach.

By MARY STRONACH, OFS

 

(This article originally appeared in the Summer/Fall 2019 Issue of the TAU-USA)

“Welcome to Utica. The Home of St. Marianne Cope.”

St. Joseph Fraternity and City of Utica officials unveiled a street sign sporting those words before a crowd of 100 people during the fraternity’s 160th anniversary celebration Aug. 18 at the Irish Cultural Center in Utica, NY.

The fraternity donated four signs, which the city installed at the north, south, east and west entrances to Utica.

Marcus Phillips, the mayor’s chief of staff, said the city was glad to work with the Secular Franciscan Order.  “The reason is because the Catholic tradition, which St. Marianne Cope represents, is kind of what made the city what it is today” with “a spirit of giving” that propels the area’s generosity in fundraising and being open to immigrants and refugees.  He also singled out city sign department supervisor Mark Sokolowski for expediting the project.

Common Council President Michael Galime read a proclamation from Mayor Robert Palmieri, honoring the fraternity. The fraternity also received a proclamation from County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., declaring Aug. 18 as St. Joseph Fraternity Day in Oneida County.

State Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon was on hand to present an Assembly proclamation, recognizing the fraternity as the second oldest in the U.S. (founded in March, 1859), and joined in honoring several individuals for their charitable works.

Fraternity Minister Robert Stronach, OFS, presented the Silent Giver Award to Jo Ginnity, OFS, “for lifetime achievement for service to the Order, Church and Community.” Since she was in a nursing and rehab facility at the time, Stronach surprised her via a cell phone, with the audience giving a loud ovation and singing “Happy Birthday” to her.

Stronach then presented the St. Mother Marianne Cope Award to three individuals:

  • Ed Morgan, director of Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Parish, for coordinating the soup kitchen operation that served over 53,000 meals in the past year to the jobless, underemployed and homeless.
  • Marion “Duffy” Geary, OFS, for her work with soup kitchens, food pantries and prison ministry. She is a member of Holy Family Fraternity in Vernon, NY.
  • Elizabeth “Betty” Frank, OFS, for her ministries at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church as a professed Secular Franciscan for 70 years. Among other things, she co-founded Perpetual Adoration at the parish (still going strong after 27 years with some 300 volunteers).

Fr. Christopher Panagoplos, TOR, national spiritual assistant, addresses the 160th anniversary celebrants. Photo by Alex Stronach.

Stronach expressed his gratitude to a community of lay Carmelites from New Hartford, NY, which sent a congratulatory message citing “160 years of faithful service in the spirit and love of the Franciscan charism” and announcing a $400 donation in the fraternity’s honor to Mother Marianne’s West Side Kitchen. The message was signed by Diana Evans, president of the Community of St. Joseph the Protector, Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites (OCDS).

Stronach also quoted from a congratulatory letter from Minister General Tibor Kauser, OFS. Writing from Rome, Italy, he cited the fraternity’s “significant past” and “praiseworthy present” with its various ministries.

Fraternity Vice Minister Katie Koscinski, OFS, who serves on the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Regional Executive Council, presented a gift on behalf of Regional Minister Alfred Picogna, OFS – a framed collage of congratulatory messages from fraternities across the region.

Fr. Richard Dellos, pastor of St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church, offered the invocation at the afternoon banquet, citing the beginnings of the Franciscan charism when Francis of Assisi heard Christ’s call to “rebuild my church.”

The celebration began earlier in the day with Mass across the street at St. Joseph-St. Patrick Church, where National Spiritual Assistant Christopher Panagoplos, TOR, spoke of the fire of faith in a world that both subtly and overtly erodes Christian values and beliefs. He urged Christians to stand up for what they believe.

In his banquet talk, Father Christopher referred to the polarization taking place in public discourse, where people of different viewpoints argue even to the point of hatred, rather than listen and communicate. Secular Franciscans have a role in bridging such division.

“The heart of Franciscan living is relationship. Relationship with God, with others, and with creation.”

He added: “For St. Francis, fraternity summarized his radical living in solidarity with all of humanity and creation…Francis’ starting point rested in the faithful recognition of his relationship to the other.”

He pointed to St. Joseph Fraternity’s 160 years of striving to live the Gospel not only in the footsteps of St. Francis, but also in the spirit of St. Marianne Cope, who grew up in the parish and who is believed to be one of the first fraternity members (before she became a Franciscan sister).

“You have been and still are responding to immediate needs and specific situations: feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, caring for and healing the sick, visiting those in hospitals and prisons; focusing on people’s distress, focusing with empathy.”

A video message from National Minister Jan Parker, OFS, brought the celebration to a close, with her singing the Blessing of St. Clare, “May you always be with God wherever you may be and may God be with you always.”

Silent Giver Award recipient, Jo Ginnity, OFS.

Mother Marianne Cope Award recipients Duffy Geary, OFS, Ed Morgan, and Betty Frank, OFS, with New York State Assemblywoman Marianne Buttenschon. Photo by Alex Stronach.
2019-11-14T15:43:48-05:00November 14th, 2019|Categories: From the Newsletter|0 Comments
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