November 16, 2019

Signs of the Times – St. Francis Retreat

Over the weekend, Rita OFS and I (Paula OFS) attended a retreat at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory NC.  Fr. Peter Tremblay, a Franciscan Priest lectured about “Reading the Signs of the Times through the eyes of St. Francis”.  Fr. Tremblay,  a philosopher, theologian, and priest is also the Campus Catholic Minister and  Chaplin at Elon University.  His Franciscan insight into the world in which we currently live and the world in which St. Francis lived was truly insightful and thought provoking.  Fr. Tremblay is a powerful presenter and passionate about his topics.  He is not afraid …

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Transitus – October 2018

The Transitus Service is an annual Franciscan devotion for religious and secular alike observed over the past three decades.   Each year on the evening of October 3rd, we remember the passing of Francis of Assisi from this life into God through a Transitus ritual. The Transitus has become a significant annual event where we ritually revisit the story of Francis’ passing. It specifies the living memory of Francis; it intensifies our commitment to follow Christ in the way of the poor man of Assisi.   The Fraternity of Brother Francis, Newton NC celebrated the annual Transitus service with …

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Canonization of Pope Paul VI – October 14, 2018

Today Most Holy Father Pope Francis canonized Blessed Pope Paul VI!!  This is hugely significant for all Secular Franciscans, as we follow what is called the “Pauline Rule”.  Auspicato Concessum,  (Sept. 17, 1882) Pope Leo XIII’s  encyclical letter glorified St.Francis of Assisi on the occasion of the seventh centenary of his birth. In  this encyclical, the Pope presented the Third Order of St. Francis as a Christian answer to the social problems of the times.  The constitution Misericors Dei Filius (June 23, 1883) expressly recalled that the neglect in which Christian virtues are held is the main cause of the evils …

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Carole’s 25th OFS Anniversary & Paula’s Profession to the OFS – August 11, 2018

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.

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Bernie’s Profession to the Secular Franciscan Order – February 2018

February 24th, 2018 Mr. Bernard Taft, OFS made his solemn profession to the Secular Franciscan Order!  Bernie was joined in a Franciscan Mass of Profession presided over by Father Jim Collins of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newton, NC.  Bernie’s friends and Franciscan family were all present and the celebration continued afterward in the Holy Family Hall. Father Jim & Bernie

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