National Chapter

National Chapter meeting underway in Corpus Christi

Bishop William Michael Mulvey prepared the way for the 2019 National Chapter meeting by celebrating  Mass at the Jesus Christ Our Peace Chapel in Corpus Christi on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The meeting, which will continue through Saturday night at the Pax Christ Liturgical Retreat Center, will include approval of the 2020 budget, a keynote on the state of the order by National Minister Jan Parker, group discussions, presentations, a service project, and the announcement of the JPIC award.

The meetings began Tuesday as Cherryle Fruge, OFS, Minister of St. Joan of Arc Region, and Claudia Kauzlarich, OFS, National Treasurer, facilitated the orientation of the new Regional Ministers in preparation for the official opening of the Chapter on Wednesday morning, October 16th.

Each year at our National Chapter, the Regional Ministers elected since the previous Chapter, along with their mentors, assemble for an orientation session.  This year, Fruge focused on the spirituality of serving the region as minister.  She shared with us that she didn’t fully understand servant leadership until she served as Regional Minister. She told us that the experience of being Regional Minister has enhanced her spiritual life.

Fruge encouraged the new ministers with inspiration words about their role as leaders:  “A vocation to the office of service is under the mantle of divine protection, and you are given all the graces sufficient to fulfill whatever we are called to do.”  Most importantly, she said, “Don’t short change prayer”.

The new ministers and delegates were warmly welcomed in the traditional introduction of the National Executive Council and Commission Chairs at the conclusion of the orientation.  The new Ministers and the delegate are:

  • Emma Lozowski OFS – Franciscans of the Prairie Region
  • Barbara Braley OFS – Our Lady of Indiana Region
  • Steve Geldmacher OFS – Saint Clare Region
  • Joanne Lockwood OFS – Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Region
  • Marianne James OFS – Saint Maximilian Kolbe Region
  • Gene Keenan OFS – Tau Cross Region
  • Tim Taormina OFS, RVM, delegate for Hazel Martin, OFS – Queen of Peace Region
  • Dale Marzano, OFS – delegate for Lorna Miressi, OFS – Mother Cabrini Region
2019-10-20T16:16:10-05:00October 16th, 2019|Categories: National Chapter|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.

2018-10-13T19:00:02-05:00October 13th, 2018|Categories: Announcements, National Chapter|5 Comments

OFS USA Chapter Update: 2018 JPIC Award Presented

Carolyn Townes, OFS (left) and Kathleen Carsten, OFS (right) just after JPIC Award presentation. Photo: Bob Stronach, OFS.

Greetings, dear Family!

It was my joyful honor to present the 2018 recipient of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Award, Kathleen Carsten, OFS. Kathy, as she is affectionately known, is a parish nurse and an advocate for the seniors and the plights of senior housing.

Wishing you blessings of peace and all good,
Carolyn D. Townes, OFS
National Animator, Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC)

Video of the award ceremony will be posted to the Chapter’s web page shortly.

2018-10-11T23:23:07-05:00October 11th, 2018|Categories: JPIC, National Chapter|0 Comments

2018 State of the Order

During this morning’s session of the National Chapter, our National Minister, Jan Parker, OFS, delivered the 2018 State of the Order presentation. The State of the Order document, as well as the presentation slides can be found on the Chapter’s web page.

The State of the Order was followed by a presentation about the recent Formation Visioning Workshop and future formation-related plans by Diane Menditto, OFS, National Formation Chair. These can also be found Chapter’s web page.

Please take some time to read, reflect on, and pray about what Jan and Diane has shared with us in these important documents.

2018-10-10T16:54:26-05:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: National Chapter|0 Comments

2018 National Chapter

The National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order – USA (NAFRA) began its 2018 Chapter last night in St Louis.  Many important topics will be addressed by our servant leaders this week and, on Saturday, an election will be held to select our national leadership team for the next three years.  Please be sure keep the entire National Fraternity in your Prayers as the Holy Spirit guides them during these discussions and the election.

Materials related to the Chapter, include our National Minister’s State of the Order presentation, will be gathered on this webpage. Day one photos by Bob Stronach, OFS are already available.

2018-10-10T11:18:17-05:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: National Chapter|1 Comment

Save the Dates – 2018 National Fraternity Chapter

(This article originally appeared in the April, 2018 issue of News from the NEC)

Our 2018 National Fraternity Chapter (NAFRA 2018) will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, at the St. Louis Airport Renaissance (home of the 2016 Q). Chapter begins with dinner on Tuesday, October 9th and ends on Sunday morning, October 14th.

New regional ministers are invited to arrive early on Tuesday in order to attend a mid-afternoon Orientation Meeting.

2018-05-09T08:27:20-05:00May 9th, 2018|Categories: National Chapter, News from the NEC|0 Comments