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St. Clement pastor E.J. Stein is pictured here with the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas around SJB Province, from bright lights at a parish to the friars’ own favorite decorations that hold special meaning for them.

Wishing a blessed and joyful season to all!

St. Clement Church, St. Bernard, Ohio

The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe was celebrated with much joy at St. Clement Parish on Dec. 12. E.J. Stein, pastor, is pictured above with the shrine. Children from the parish also joined in the festivities.

children in costumes

Holy Family Church, Oldenburg, Ind.

outdoor nativity at night

The Creche at Holy Family Church in Oldenburg, Ind.

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Lights the Old Stone Church in Oldenburg.

Church of the Transfiguration, Southfield, Mi.

round wooden painted nativity figuresRight, a tiny Nativity scene from Peru, given to Fr. Jeff Scheeler by his sister. Jeff says he “loves the simplicity of it.”

Below, an olive wood Nativity given to Transfiguration Friary (then St. Michael) many years ago by Marguerite Harrington, sister of Elwin Harrington. She was very involved with the friars, helping to keep books, etc. It has been around the friary for many years.


carved nativity

St. Francis Seraph Church and Friary, Cincinnati, Oh.

A Franciscan Christmas is an annual tradition featuring the Christmas displays collected by Br. Tim Sucher, OFM, Guardian. Dozens of Nativities from around the world, Santa Land, a Dicken’s village, a live nativity, and more. For times, directions, and video of the displays, read: A Franciscan Christmas 2021

mother and daughter by village display

Susan Thiemann and her daughter, Willow, enjoy a visit to Dickens Village.

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Br. Tim Sucher with the creche display

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Jeanne and Dan Unger take a closer look at the Santa Land display.

St. Francis Retreat House and Friary, Easton, Pa.

glass and wire hanging starRight: The hanging Star of Bethlehem is on the mantle in the friary living room and prayer room in Easton, Pa., Sr. Regina Rokosny gave the stained glass star from Bethlehem, Pa., to the friars several years ago. It is a significant art piece that comes in all sizes at Christmas time in the Lehigh Valley.

Below: A Christmas tree and Holy Family statue in Fr. Henry Beck’s prayer corner in his friary room. The statue was a Christmas gift from Henry’s father a couple of years before he passed away, so it has a great deal of meaning for Henry.

Read, A Christmas Blessing.

small tree and nativity

Fr. Henry Beck’s prayer corner

Friars Club, St. Bernard, Oh.

Winter basketball is well underway at the Friars Club.

children playing basketball

Mary, Gate of Heaven Church and Friary, Negril, Jamaica

Every Christmas since Fr. Jim Bok’s arrival as a missionary to Negril, he has had a friendly Christmas display competition with the Coca la Palma Hotel across the street. Read why Christmas lights are import to him in his article, Defiant joy.

Christmas light at night