December 7, 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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SECULAR FRANCISCAN WAY OF LIFE

Who are the Secular Franciscans? They are a community of Catholic men and women I the world who seek to pattern their lives after Christ in the spirit of St. Francis. We follow St. Francis’ example of perfect joy:  the knowledge that with Jesus as our center we have true peace and all good. We foster community spirit through monthly fraternity meetings and other gatherings as well as through apostolic outreach, the community, and the wider world. In fraternity we help one another on our Secular Franciscan journey.  We begin with a period of initial formation under the …

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St. Francis’ Nativity – December 2017

Did you know?  The origin of the Christmas creche is attributed to the very holy man, St. Francis of Assisi. In the year 1223, St. Francis was visiting the town of Greccio,  Italy built on a mountainside.   St. Francis realized that the chapel of the Franciscan hermitage would be too small to hold the congregation for Midnight Mass. So he found a niche in the rock near the town square and set up the altar, one unlike anything every created before. According to St. Bonaventure (d. 1274) in his “Life of St. Francis of Assisi” : It happened in the …

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