Reflection: Worldwide Brotherhood – a True Gift

Russel Murray, OFM Features

After living and working at the OFM Curia for four years, Russel Murray, OFM, returned to the United States to work at St Bonaventure University. He recently summarized his experiences abroad. When I figured out what was “wrong,” I laughed out loud. It was the beginning of October, and I had been feeling out of sorts for about a week. …

Franciscan Influences: Jumping in and Trusting the Spirit

Patrick Carolan Features

This essay is part of a series about aspects of the Franciscan message that partners-in-ministry find compelling. The previous essay was written by the principal of St. Francis International School in Silver Spring, Maryland, on the campus of St. Camillus Parish. Here, the departing executive director of the Franciscan Action Network in Washington, D.C., describes what he learned over the …

Reflection: Beginning the Advent-ure

Kevin Mackin, OFM Features

The reflection below was originally published on Dec. 1 in the blog A Franciscan Journey. On Dec. 1, we began Advent which in Latin means “coming.” Advent is all about hope in a glorious future. It invites us to reflect on the threefold coming of Jesus. Yes, Jesus came to us centuries ago. He comes to us now sacramentally, and …

Remembering Well: The Healing Journey of Grief

Joseph Quinn, OFM Features

For November – the month of the dead — a friar in Boston with many years’ experience working with the terminally ill and with their loved ones describes ways to confront the mystery of death. In his book The Denial of Death, Ernest Becker states that the consciousness of death is the primary repression of people, not sexuality as once …

Franciscan Influences: Trusting in God’s Greater Plan

Tobias Harkleroad, OFS Features

This essay is part of a series about aspects of the Franciscan message that partners-in-ministry find compelling. The previous essay was written by a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Va., who has participated in many mission trips to Peru. Below, someone with a long involvement with the Franciscans and with Catholic education describes his life, his …

Reflection: Season of Creation

Aaron Richardson, OFM Features

A student friar recently shared his thoughts about the conversion he is undergoing as he advocates for care for creation and feels hope by watching young people and by learning to live simply. Throughout this fall’s Season of Creation – from Sept. 1 to Oct. 4 — I found myself engaged in various ways with what Pope Francis calls for …

Franciscan Influences: Appreciating Our Neighbors

Sharon Danner Features

This essay is part of a series about aspects of the Franciscan message that partners-in-ministry find compelling. The previous reflection was written by a staff member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina. Below, a parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Triangle, Virginia, describes the impact that nine visits with a community of people in Lima, Peru, have had …

Reflection: Migration and Climate Change

Jacek Orzechowski, OFM Features

In conjunction with two important commemorations this week, World Day of Migrants and Refugees and the feast of St. Francis, a friar who is passionate about the values of St. Francis – caring the creation and for the marginalized – writes about the need to embrace the marginalized, especially those most severely affected by climate change. Earlier this year, I …

Franciscan Influences: Embracing the Leper

Angela Flynn Features

This essay is part of a series about aspects of the Franciscan message that partners-in-ministry find compelling. The previous reflection was written by a St. Bonaventure University alumnus who volunteers for Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat in Western New York. Below, a staff member of Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina, describes what she has learned during her nearly …

Reflection: Labor Day and the Breadline

Brian Jordan, OFM Features

As Americans prepare to mark Labor Day on Monday, Sept. 2, a friar who works with the homeless and serves as a chaplain for unionized construction workers shares a story about a recent encounter between the two groups. In the early morning on Aug. 23, I found a new meaning for Pope Francis’s teaching on “the culture of the encounter.” …

Remembering the Epic Summer of 1969

Jocelyn Thomas Features

Fifty years ago this summer, a pair of history-making events captivated Americans and millions of others around the world. A half-century later, the iconic images of these epic events are still etched in the memories of those old enough to remember July 20, 1969, when Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were the first astronauts to walk on the moon, and …

June History of Holy Name Province

HNP Communications Features

Notable events that took place in the month of June through the years include an ordination, simple profession, jubilee celebrations and imposition of a Provincial Minister. One Year Ago June 21, 2018 – The profession anniversaries of eight friars were celebrated at the Province’s annual Jubilee Mass and reception in New York City. The friars marking 50 years since their …