Hospitality is not uniquely Franciscan, but it is particularly Franciscan. To guests of the Center, ignored by or invisible to much of society, it means validation. Br. David and Sr. Ann Marie are not psychologists or social workers or case managers. But they know that in the right place, at the right time, a kind word could save a life.
Fr. Cyprian Berens, OFM, touched many lives in his 95 years of life, 76 of those years as a Franciscan friar serving as far away as Rome.
There are a lot of all-stars in the room tonight. Some of them play basketball. But most are supporters, coaches or staff of Friars Club. Four are honorees, people so selfless they give us pause about our own attempts at altruism. All are here for a common cause, to raise funds that will ensure kids a safe and nurturing place to call their own.
It was a classic wake, with relatives speaking fondly and openly about a friar prized for his gifts, his quirks and his faithfulness. Asked to share memories of Br. Steve Richter at his March 27 funeral, many family members weighed in, eager to talk about a man they agreed was “a character”.
“We often just miss the present moment. Contemplative prayer is opening us up to the grace and good and love that’s happening in the present moment. The past is gone and the future isn’t here yet. All we have is this present moment and we often miss it,” says Br. Mark Ligett.
You’d never know it to look at him, but Fr. Hilarion Kistner just turned 90. March 31, parishioners at St. Stephen Church in Cincinnati, where Hilarion has helped out for years, surprised him with a birthday celebration. See how they spilled the beans during Mass.