Soon, it will be Christmas!
Brothers and Sisters: Celebrating Christmas is “to melt away” and be “ecstatic” like a child, with the love of a God who became a child himself, as Francis did in Greccio. Celebrating Christmas is to enter into the mystery of God’s love for humanity and recognize that “love is not loved,” as Francis shouted deep [...]
Between Brother Ox and Brother Ass…
Over 20 years ago, when I was pastor of the Franciscan parish of Incheon in Korea, I suggested that the liturgy committee set up a Franciscan crèche in the church for Christmas that year. To help the committee carry out the project, I showed them a picture of Francis, the little poor man of Assisi, [...]
Franciscan Feast Day Mass in Montreal
On Friday, October 4th, at 7pm, at Saint Francis of Assisi Church in Montreal, there will be a special Franciscan Feast Day Mass, followed by a friendly franciscan buffet downstairs. The entrance is free and all are welcome! The church is located at 7755 d’Outremont Avenue, in Parc-Extension, Montreal (Parc Metro – H3N 2M1). The event is [...]
In Rio – a Renewed Call to Rebuild!
In Rio – a Renewed Call to Rebuild! Pope Francis has frequently spoken of St Francis and how his life and message are particularly relevant to the Church of our time. During World Youth Day in Rio, at the Prayer Vigil, in which some 2 million youth participated, the Pope recalled the invitation from [...]
Praise to you, Lord, through the Île d’Orléans
Praise to you, Lord, through Sister Water of Île d’Orléans. Downstream from Québec, the river divides, circling Île d’Orléans. It is east of that island that the Saint Lawrence estuary begins. Indeed, here the fresh water of the river mixes with the salt water of the sea. The island, located 5 km from Québec (an [...]
Michael Perry is the New General Minister of the Franciscans
American Michael Perry Chosen as New General Minister ROME — A member of Sacred Heart Province, Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, General Vicar of the Order of Friars Minor since 2009, was elected Wednesday as the new General Minister, the 120th successor of St. Francis of Assisi. The Indiana native fills the vacancy left by Fr. [...]
On the Wind of the Spirit
I live by the sea and I often watch the gulls hover in the wind. They know the art of working with the wind. They let the wind carry them. That is why they are able to remain in the air for so many hours and yet not grow tired. The gulls teach me how [...]
Praise to you, Lord, through the waters of Trois-Rivières
Praise to you, Lord, through Sister Water of the ‘Trois-Rivières River’. Where does the name “Trois-Rivières” come from? This name was first used in 1599 by Sieur De Pont Gravé, a geographer who worked for Samuel de Champlain, and was also used during the seventeenth century. Brother Sagard, a Recollect historian, wrote in 1623: “The [...]
Franciscan Minister General named Head of the Congregation for Religious
Pope Francis has begun his appointments to the Roman Curia with a surprise: Franciscan leader Fr Jose Rodriguez Carballo is the new Secretary of the Congregation for institutes of consecrated life In his first significant appointment to the Roman Curia, Pope Francis has taken the highly unusual step of naming the actual head of a [...]
Pope Francis’ Call to Go Out!
Pope Francis means business. He is quickly giving a clear and definite direction to the Church. The Church exists for mission and needs to get out into the world, to be with people as bearers of Christ’s presence and love in the reality of their lives. Speaking to priests at the Chrism Mass on Holy [...]