September 18, 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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ARG 2019 – Ridgecrest NC

  Brothers & Sisters of St. Francis Region will hold their Annual Regional Gathering (ARG) August 9-12, 2019.  Mark you calendars for fun, formation and Franciscan spiritual growth!  Reservations due before June 12th.  

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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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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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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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