RALEIGH, N.C. — The Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi here held a mission retreat for the pastoral and educational staff on Aug. 15.
The one-day retreat reflected upon the parish mission. It was also an opportunity to welcome elementary and preschool staff for the new school year.
Dominic Monti, OFM, Provincial Vicar, was special guest and keynote speaker. He gave a two-tier presentation on “A Franciscan Perspective of Ministry within the Roman Catholic Church.”
Dominic started the morning session with a review of the mission statement of the Order of Friars Minor, which tied seamlessly into the theme of parish mission. He gave a vivid description of the history of the Franciscan Order, elaborating on the life of St. Francis and his contemporaries.
As Dominic explained, Francis was distinguished by his response to God by living in a new way. “In his conversion, Francis didn’t see poor people as others saw them, but as God saw them.”
In his afternoon session, he concentrated on the Order during modern times, ending by discussing Franciscan influence in North Carolina.
— Patricia Mahoney is communication specialist for St. Francis of Assisi Parish.