Franciscans International Marks Three Decades of Human Rights Work

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

NEW YORK – While most groups celebrate historical milestones with galas and fanfare, Franciscans International took the opportunity of its 30th anniversary of human rights and social justice advocacy to plan for the future when laypeople, friars and other religious from around the world converged at San Damiano Hall on West 31st Street last November for a presentation on FI’s …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has recently learned of the passing of three members of English-speaking Conference provinces and four Franciscan sisters. Two members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia died recently in Assisi House in Aston, Pennsylvania. Sr. Ann Joseph Hartman, OSF, who had been a professed member of the order for 78 years, died on Nov. 12 …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has recently learned of the passing of two friars from English-speaking Conference provinces and several Franciscan sisters. Sr. Theresa Ann Kallimanis, FMSC, a member of the Peekskill, N.Y., community for 62 years, died on Nov. 9. She was 83 years old. After entering the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart in 1957, she professed her …

General Council’s Statement of Solidarity and Other News Around the Order

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The descriptions below summarize recent developments throughout the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found on the OFM website and by following the Order on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ► Nearly 60 friars from the four houses of the Order of Friars Minor in Rome held a chapter of mats last month. The gathering, which took place Nov. 15 …

Order Update: Franciscan Participation in Amazon Synod and Other News

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The descriptions below summarize recent developments throughout the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found on the OFM website and by following the Order on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ► Thirty members of the Franciscan Family  — including “synod fathers,” auditors and experts — came from various countries to attend last month’s Vatican Synod for the Amazon. The Oct. 6 to 27 …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office has learned of the passing of an Immaculate Conception Province friar as well as four Franciscan sisters. Sr. M. Ruth Zacharias, OSF, of the School Sisters of St. Francis United States Province, died on Sept. 11 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the age of 90. She was in her 65th year of religious profession, during which she taught …

New Missioners Experience Season of Beginnings

Meghan Meros Franciscan World

WASHINGTON — Even before fall officially arrived in September, a new season was well underway at Franciscan Mission Service’s formation — the three-month training program that FMS missioners complete prior to beginning a two-year period of ministry overseas — kicked off at the end of August with the arrival of three new missioners to Casa San Salvador, FMS’ community house …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Province recently learned of the passing of five friars affiliated with the Order’s English-speaking Conference. Peter Baptist Fritz, OFM, a member of Sacred Heart Province, died on Sept. 10 at St. Mary’s Home in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. He was 95. Ordained to the priesthood in 1950, Peter served in pastoral ministry at several parishes during his years as a friar. He also served …

Order Update: Feast Day Message and Other News

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The following descriptions summarize recent developments throughout the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found on the OFM website and by following the Order on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ► The Minister General and the General Council released a document titled “Listen to the Cry of the Amazon” for this year’s feast of St. Francis of Assisi. In it, they wrote, “We Franciscans are called …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Province has recently learned of the passing of a friar and three Franciscan sisters. Vianney Sipulski, OFM,  a member of Assumption BVM Province, died on July 13 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was 87. Two members of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., have died. Sr. Teresinha dos Santos, OSF, 90, died on Aug. 22 in Brazil and Sr. Margaret …

Order Update: Minister General Injured in Biking Accident and Other News

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The following descriptions summarize recent developments throughout the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found on the OFM website and by following the Order on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ► Minister General Michael Perry, OFM, is recovering from injuries sustained in an Aug. 15 bicycle accident on the lakefront in Chicago. In a letter written to the Order from his hospital bed, he described the details …

Status of the Order Today

Dominic Monti Franciscan World

On Feb.13 of this year, Michael Perry, OFM, our general minister, offered some interesting “Reflections on the Life and Future of the Order.” His talk eloquently described Franciscans today as “caught in the vortex of rapid change” in so many aspects of our life, raising fundamental questions about the nature of our commitment to being Friars Minor. As he pointed …