Was Francis a madman? To many, it would appear so. After all, he was a rich man who chose to beg and live outside the city walls. To people of his day, he seemed mad, and he certainly does to those of our time.
Francis began to encounter the living Christ after much suffering. While a rich merchant’s son, and with everything going his own way, he might have never met Christ.
As the feast of St. Francis approaches, we asked the friars how the beloved saint continues to inspire them to be instruments of healing and peace in their ministries, through their daily encounters with others and in fraternal life. These are their responses.
The Daughters of Divine Love (DDL) arrived in Jamaica from Nigeria on Feb. 6, 1997. Archbishop Charles Dufour, then Bishop of the Diocese of Montego Bay, welcomed Sisters Victoria Oleka, Izuchukwu Nwora, Margaret Okolieozorh and Providentia Uchena. Sr. Providentia has continued to minister in the diocese, and with the Franciscans, up to today.
As we move past Labor Day, now fully into September, we begin to feel a bit of shifting in the weather. The humidity is improving. The “autumn rains are covering the road to Jerusalem with blessings,” as the Psalms say. There is a turning, a change in the air, a newness about this season.
Aug. 29 marked one year since Hurricane Ida made landfall in the city of New Orleans. The friars and parishioners are grateful for the support received during these difficult times.