Living gratefully

Living gratefully

Counting blessings sometimes helps me realize that I can’t count them all. It moves me to live in a world where there is abundance, where sharing what I have is possible. – Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Encounter with a stranger

Encounter with a stranger

Moving is disorienting, no matter how often a person has done it.  Bruce and Bryant Hausfeld stopped in recently.  They’ve moved so many times that they switch up the biblical phrase, “pilgrims and strangers” and describe themselves as “strange pilgrims”.  Anytime a...
Franciscan Joy: Strumming feeds his spirit

Franciscan Joy: Strumming feeds his spirit

One of the things that brings me joy as a Franciscan is music. All my life I have been blessed with a good singing voice. As a young man I sang in our church and school choirs at St. John the Baptist Parish in Harrison, Ohio. Later I became a member of the chorus at...
Reception of Novices

Reception of Novices

Fourteen novices were received into the Order on July 16 in Santa Barbara, Calif., in a simple ceremony that included four provincials, three secretaries of formation and a host of supporting friars, representing all six of the restructuring provinces. There was also...