FAN Seeks 2,400 Franciscan-Hearted New Members by Christmas

HNP Communications Franciscan World

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Franciscan Action Network (FAN) announced last month that it had registered its 1,000th member. As it builds its membership, the organization also is publicizing the Province’s Advent Reflections on Peace.

The Advent program, found on the Justice and Peace page of the HNP Web site, was developed by Russell Testa, executive director of  the Office of Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation. The resources are meant to help deepen the faith journey of those who use the downloadable guides, which are broken down into the four weeks of Advent.

An e-mail distributed on Nov. 25 notified all FAN members about the Advent program. Holy Name Province is one of nearly 40 organizations that comprise FAN.

Year-end Membership Drive
On Nov. 12, the 1000th person registered to become a member of FAN, according to Testa, who said this was a significant milestone.

“This milestone is exciting, given FAN did not exist eight months ago,” he said. “The milestone encourages us to grow the network, and to more fully live out our collective call to be an instrument of social transformation.”

“To increase our potential impact, we Franciscans, need to be louder in expressing the need for social transformation. Being louder is not about shouting; it is about increasing the number of people speaking a coordinated message to power. In a recent reflection titled ‘We All Can Make a Difference,’ Fr. Larry Janezic, OFM, a FAN staff member, spoke from personal experience.”

Franciscan Social Transformation
“The real action we all hope for cannot happen without you. As a member of this growing movement for social transformation, only you have the ability to welcome others into the effort. Please do this by personally inviting 10 people (or more) to join you in the Franciscan Action Network,” said Testa, adding that FAN’s goal is to welcome 2,400 FAN members by Christmas.

Testa recommends that people invite “Franciscan friars, sisters or seculars you know to add their voices to our growing chorus. Invite lay persons from your ministry. Invite anyone ripe for rewarding work. All who have a Franciscan heart are welcomed.”

“I cannot stress enough the importance of each of us doing our part to grow the Franciscan voice for social transformation,” Testa said. “Huge issues are coming to the forefront of public policy in January. We can either be part of the solution, by sharing our Franciscan wisdom, or we can be left on the sidelines.”