Franciscan Influences: Connected by a Loving God

Barbara Salapek Features

This reflection is part of a series written by the Province’s partners-in-ministry. The previous, by Kevin McLaughlin, an alumnus and staff member of Buffalo’s Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, was published on Nov. 5. Here, a longtime team member of the St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in Philadelphia shares what she has learned after nearly 25 years of working with the …

Franciscan Volunteer Ministers Start Year of Service

Matthew Johnson Around the Province

The HNP Franciscan Volunteer Ministry is beginning its 26th year with six dedicated participants and a new board president. The ministry is proud to introduce the volunteers for the 2014-15 year, who are serving the poor and marginalized in the cities of Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia. With two returning FVMs, this year has started off with a bang, and all …

Friars Celebrate Silver Anniversary of Franciscan Volunteer Ministry

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

NEW YORK — At what was called a “rehearsal of the heavenly banquet,” more than 100 people gathered last week to celebrate 25 years of service and friendship generated by the Province’s Franciscan Volunteer Ministry. They enjoyed Mass, a reception, and time to share memories and news with FVMs past and present. Provincial Vicar Lawrence Hayes, OFM, FVM’s new president, …

St. Francis Inn Hosts Interfaith Peace Walk

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

PHILADELPHIA — Roughly 500 people of different faiths — Jews, Christians, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and others — crowded into St. Francis Inn’s courtyard last month to engage in conversation, reflection and action during the 11th annual Philadelphia Interfaith Walk for Peace and Reconciliation. The peace walk is not a march, protest or demonstration. Rather, it serves as a walking …

‘A Church That is For the Poor’

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 the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania and Malta. “How I would like a Church that is poor and that is for the poor!” So said Pope Francis during a March 16, 2013 audience. Last …