St. Paul’s Parish Takes Faith to the Streets

Maria Hayes Around the Province

WILMINGTON, Del. — “I want the Church to be in the streets. I want us to defend ourselves against all that is worldliness, comfort, being closed and turned within.” So said Pope Francis during last year’s World Youth Day in Brazil. This year, the people of St. Paul’s Parish in Wilmington kept the pontiff’s words in their hearts, as they …

General Curia’s August/September Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — Br. William Short, OFM, of St. Barbara Province, has been appointed General Secretary of the 2015 General Chapter, according to the latest issue of the Order’s newsletter. Fraternitas reports that Br. William, who made his simple profession in 1972, worked as an interpreter during the General Chapters of 1979, 1985, 1991, 2003, 2006 and 2009. He also worked …

In Response to Flood of Child Refugees, A Franciscan Call to Action

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

NEW YORK — In response to the overwhelming number of unaccompanied children arriving at the southern border of the United States seeking refuge from violence in Central America, the Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province are calling on the U.S. government and all people to provide immediate humanitarian action. In a statement released July 31, the friars encourage all to …

ESC Update: International JPIC Council Meets in Indonesia

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following is a compilation of this month’s news from the website and Facebook page of the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor, composed of provinces from Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta and the United States. The OFM International Council for Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation held its biannual meeting last month in Jakarta, Indonesia. Joseph Rozansky, OFM, director of the …

General Curia’s May Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — Pope Francis recently appointed Fr. Aurelio Pesoa Ribera, OFM, as an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of La Paz, Bolivia. Fr. Pesoa Ribera has served in a number of pastoral roles in his Province of San Antonio in Bolivia, including as vicar of the San Francisco fraternity in Cochabamba and Provincial Definitor. He was Provincial Minister at the …

Preocúpense por la Tierra—Oyendo al Papa Francisco

Jacek Orzechowski, OFM Justice and Peace, Resources

El Pontificado del Papa Francisco ha traído más energía y entusiasmo a muchos en la Iglesia. La Comunidad Franciscana con gusto se une a su llamado por una nueva evangelización. En este espíritu, La Provincial del Santo Nombre ha preparado un numero de pequeñas reflexiones de las afirmaciones y escritura del Papa Francisco, particularmente tomadas del “Evangelii Gaudium.” En menos …

Care for the Earth – Listening to Pope Francis

Jacek Orzechowski, OFM Justice and Peace, Resources

The papacy of Pope Francis has brought new energy and excitement to many in the Church. The Franciscan community gladly joins him in his call for a new evangelization. In this spirit, Holy Name Province has prepared a number of brief reflections on elements of Pope Francis’ statements and writings, particularly “Evangelii Gaudium.” In less than a year, Pope Francis …

The Immigrant Poor in the Eyes of “Evangelli Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”)

Julian Jagudilla, OFM Justice and Peace, Resources

The papacy of Pope Francis has brought new energy and excitement to many in the Church. The Franciscan community gladly joins him in his call for a new evangelization. In this spirit, Holy Name Province has prepared a number of brief reflections on elements of Pope Francis’ statements and writings, particularly “Evangelii Gaudium.” Faces of the Poor and Strangers in …

General Curia’s April Update

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ROME — Pope Francis welcomed members of the Order’s General Administration last month in a private audience that was “brotherly and friendly,” according to the current issue of Fraternitas. During the March 15 meeting, the pontiff reiterated the “urgent and indispensable commitment” of all Friars Minor to bring to the world the mercy of God by bearing witness to the Gospel …