Announcements

Website committee looking for help

Hello everyone,

The national website committee is looking for help with things like moving content from the old site to the new site, site maintenance, and providing live posting and updating support at various national events. Although any help would be welcome, it will be particularly useful if you have experienced with WordPress (especially self-hosted). It would be a real bonus if you were also familiar with:

  • The Avada WordPress theme
  • Fusion Page Builder
  • Basic HTML and CSS

If you are interested in helping out, please send me an email at lee@leepotts.com with a rough idea of how much time you might be able to give to the project as well as an brief description of your experience.

Thank you so much for considering sharing your time and talent with the Order.

Pax et bonum,
Lee

2018-11-08T21:17:16+00:00November 8th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, Website Housekeeping|0 Comments

Nation Executive Council Election Results

After reflecting together on the needs of our Order, after spending time in prayer and formation, and after invoking the help of the Holy Spirit, the National Fraternity has chosen the team that will guide and animate the Fraternity for the next three years. The following servant leaders were elected to NEC positions:

  • Jan Parker, OFS — Minister
  • Mary Bittner, OFS — Vice Minister
  • Jane DeRose-Bamman — Secretary
  • Claudia Kauzlarich, OFS — Treasurer
  • Awilda Guadalupe, OFS — International Councilor
  • Josh Molidor, OFS — Councilor 1
  • Dennis Ross, OFS — Councilor 2
  • Donna Hollis, OFS — Councilor 3

Jane DeRose-Bamman was also elected Alternate International Councilor

Please keep all of these brothers and sisters in your prayers.

Our new National Executive Council reciting the Commitment to Serve immediately following the conclusion of the election.

2018-10-13T19:00:02+00:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, National Chapter|3 Comments

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

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

Deadline extended for OFS/FMS trip to Bolivia

Good afternoon, brothers and sisters, and peace be with you!

The registration deadline for the Secular Franciscan trip to Bolivia has been extended to June 15.  This trip, led by Franciscan Mission Service for our Order, is from August 25 to September 2.  We need just a couple more registrations to reach the minimum necessary for the the trip to go forward.  Please consider this opportunity to visit one of the oldest mission sites for FMS, and to learn about our sisters and brothers in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

The flyer can be downloaded here; the new deadline is June 15.

Blessings,
Patrick Martin, ofs

2018-05-30T19:12:42+00:00May 30th, 2018|Categories: Announcements|0 Comments

The new Secular Franciscan USA website is now online!

We’re pleased and excited to announce that our new national website is now online and ready for visitors. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this possible with their prayers and hard work.

One small caveat: Every newly launched website is a work in progress. We are still in the process of moving the vast collection of material stored on the old website over to the new one. If you can’t find something that you are looking for, you should be able to find it at the old site as no content has been removed from it. If there is something that you feel should be made a priority in the moving process, please let us know using the contact form. We will also continue to tweak the overall layout and functioning of the site once we get a chance to see it in action.

If you are the administrator of a Franciscan website, please be sure update your link to our site to: secularfranciscansusa.org

Pax et bonum!

2018-05-03T20:23:43+00:00April 30th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, Website Housekeeping|3 Comments