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On the calendar it’s April 22, but every day is Earth Day for Br. John Carey, OFM.

With the tools of his ministry – broom and dustpan – John keeps sidewalks near his Cincinnati friary free of litter.

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Minister General
The elected general superior over all Franciscans worldwide. He resides in Rome, Italy.

After a long, cold, and in many places, a very snowy winter, we are finally entering into the season of spring!  I remember as a child growing up in Dearborn Heights, Mich., I always loved the snow and being able to play in it – to make snow angels, build snow forts and snow men.  I must admit, I still like it when we get snow. 

But after this past winter, I am ready for spring.  There is a certain freshness in the air.  The grass is getting green, flowering bulbs that lay dormant in the ground over the winter are coming to life, trees are budding, birds are happily chirping, etc.  There is new life all around us.  People seem to have better dispositions.  How fitting it is that we celebrate the biggest feast of Christianity at this time of year.  Just in case we forget and need to be reminded of what Easter is all about, Mother Earth gives us visual signs of the freshness of newborn life. 

During the season of Lent we have “fasted” from our singing of the alleluia, the great Easter anthem.  Have you ever really looked at this word?  It is all vowels except for the three “l’s” that seem to jump out and grab your attention.  I once heard a homily on the three “l’s” in which the homilist suggested that they stand for “life, love, and laughter.”  May this season of spring and the 50 days of Easter be a time of “life, love and laughter” as we glory in the new life that Christ has won for us.

Alleluia, He is risen!!!

--Vincent Delorenzo, OFM
Provincial Councilor

Inspired by the life of St. Francis
The 170 friars of St. John the Baptist Province (SJB) are members of the Order of Friars Minor, a Franciscan brotherhood inspired by the 13th-century example of St. Francis of Assisi. We serve the Catholic Church as brothers and priests, devoting our lives to the search for God in a communal life of poverty, prayer, and service to others.
Globally, the Order is divided into geographic areas known as "provinces." Most of the Friars from SJB province, which has its headquarters in Cincinnati, live and work in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Indiana, Illinois, Louisiana, Michigan, Kentucky, Texas and Jamaica. Others serve in New Mexico, Arizona, Missouri and Washington, D.C. Individual friars presently minister around the world in Kenya, Japan and the Philippines.
We serve as parish and campus ministers; as hospital, military and prison chaplains; as counselors; as educators and administrators in high schools, colleges and our formation program; as preachers and retreat directors in evangelization efforts; as directors of anti-poverty programs; as skilled craftsmen and in support services; as writers and communicators; and as missionaries—all ways of spreading the Good News.