September 18, 2019

ARG 2017

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/                                

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Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula Feast Day – August 2, 2017

Courtesy of a minor friar blog  https://friarminor.blogspot.com/  Today is a big Franciscan feast, that of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula, when, also for all the faithful, according to a certain tradition by the request of St. Francis himself, the Pardon of Assisi or Portiuncula indulgence is available at your local Franciscan church or oratory, or at your parish church, visited to honor Our Lady and the Angels, and according to the normal conditions for the gaining of indulgences, of course. Today I’m thinking of the little holy card of Our Lady of the Angels, which …

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Fatima 100 Year Anniversary!!! – May 13, 2017

May 13th, 2017 marks the 100-year anniversary of the first time our Blessed Mother Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal. Two of the three children will be canonized by Pope Francis during his visit to Fatima May 12-13th. The first Marian apparitions began May 13, 1917, when 9-year-old Francisco Marto and 7-year-old Jacinta Marto, and their cousin Lucia dos Santos, reported seeing the Virgin Mary. The apparitions of Mary continued once a month until Oct. 13, 1917, and later were declared worthy of belief by the Catholic Church. This fascinating event contains secrets which Mary shared …

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The Bible Timeline – The Story of Salvation – April 2017

Fraternity of Brother Francis is proud to offer a new Bible Study class based on Jeff Cavins The Bible Timeline series. First class is Monday April 24th, and will meet each 2nd and 4th Monday evenings each month 6:30pm to 8:00pm at St Josephs Catholic Church in Newton NC. Parishioners Welcome !!! Bring your Bible and Catechism to each class. Class workbook $35 and we will try to help those who cannot afford the cost. This is a wonderful study of the Bible Narrative books of the old testament and puts old testament in context of the new …

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World Day of Prayer – March 2017

Top left: Jo Shirley (Holy Trinity Lutheran) Kathy Wood (First United Methodist) Margo Morganti (First United Methodist) Bottom left: Dalene Garilao, Dr. Carmen Espiritu, Roxy Te, Dr. Lizette Villacorte, Carole Marmorato, OFS and Stephanie Reyes The World Day of Prayer for Missions began in 1927. In 1928, the name was shortened to World Day of Prayer. Ninety years later – men, women, and children are still being called to prayer. St. Aloysius located in Hickory, North Carolina hosted the World Day of Prayer 2017. There were 15 area churches represented: Bethlehem Lutheran, Christ Lutheran, Holy Trinity Lutheran, Mt. …

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Rite of Admission – Feb 2017

February 11th, 2017 our monthly fraternity gathering included a Rite of Admission ceremony for our latest candidate. During the ceremony the new candidate is provided a “Little Red Rule Book” of the Secular Franciscan Order and given a sign of the SFO, a wooden Tau cross worn around the neck. Formation in the Secular Franciscan Order consists of three periods of prayerful discernment and contemplation called Inquiry, Candidate and Profession. Candidacy is generally a period of 18 months to 36 months after which a temporary or permanent profession into the Secular Franciscan Order is made.

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Lourdes Liturgical Anniversary – Feb 11, 2017

February 11th, 2017 marks the liturgical anniversary of Our Lady of Lourdes when the blessed virgin Mary appeared in the vicinity of Lourdes in France.   The first of seventeen apparitions occurred 11 of February 1858, when 14-year old Bernadette Soubirous told her mother that a “lady” spoke to her in the cave of Massabielle (a mile from the town) while she was gathering firewood with her sister and a friend. Pope Pius IX approved the veneration in Lourdes in 1870. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!

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Jubilee Year of Mercy Pilgrimage – May 2016

In celebration of Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy the Fraternity of Brother Francis embarked on a pilgrimage to St. Lawrence Cathedral in Asheville, NC May 10th, 2016.   The Jubilee Year of Mercy features a very special plenary indulgence (the complete remission of all temporal punishment due to sin). I wish that the Jubilee Indulgence may reach each one as a genuine experience of God’s mercy, which comes to meet each person in the Face of the Father who welcomes and forgives, forgetting completely the sin committed. – Pope Francis, Letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, Sept. …

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