Saturday, August 11th – The Feast of St. Clare-Two Celebrations!!! The Fraternity of Brother Francis celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Profession for our minister, Carole Marmorato, OFS. August 8th was the actual anniversary and how fantastic it was to celebrate this achievement on The Feast of St. Clare. Also celebrated was the Mass of Permanent Profession to the Secular Franciscan Order for Paula Coleman, OFS. Paula is now the newest permanently professed member of the Fraternity of Brother Francis, Secular Franciscan Order. The day was filled with celebration and joy! Thanks be to God.
The Brother and Sister of St. Francis Region held their annual regional gathering this month in beautiful Ridgecrest Conference Center, Black Mountain NC. Carole, OFS Minister, Rita, OFS Formation Director and Paula, OFS Candidate attended. OF special note was the Memorial for our Departed Secular Franciscans, including William Borst, OFS from the Fraternity of Brother Francis, and Rita’s beloved husband. The lighting of Bill’s candle by Rita was such a beautiful moment of remembrance and hope in the joy to come.
There are two opportunities for anyone willing to go to TX or FL to help feed hurricane victims. Woody Tucker, a member of the Hickory Soup Kitchen’s board, is looking for people to help with the Manna One Disaster Food RV in Florida (Sept. 28-Oct. 4th) and Texas (Oct. 3-9th). You go down on a bus with volunteers, stay in a Baptist church on a sleeping bag or cot (you bring), your meals are provided, and you work at the Manna One vehicle cooking and dispensing food and water. No home recovery yet. You do not need to …
The Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis region held the Annual Regional Gathering (ARG) August 11th through 13th at Life Way Conference Center in Ridgecrest, North Carolina. Secular Franciscan Order Fraternities from North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia were present for this beautiful retreat in the NC Mountains. This year’s theme: “Be the Joyful Face of Christ to All” Brother Bill Short, OFM was the guest speaker for the weekend events and all were amazed by his profound messages. A link to his talks is available on our Regions website http://www.bssfsfo.org/2015-annual-regional-gathering/