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St. Anthony Quad Beer Release Fundraiser

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Fr. Frank Jasper and Fr. Carl Langenderfer invite you to the St. Anthony Quad Beer Release Party and Fundraiser at Urban Artifact Brewery

Fr. Frank Jasper and Fr. Carl Langenderfer invite you to the St. Anthony Quad Beer Release Party and Fundraiser at Urban Artifact Brewery

Party with the Friars from 4 PM till Midnight on Mardi Gras!
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Join the friars on Fat Tuesday (February 28) at Urban Artifact to celebrate the release of the St. Anthony Quad beer.

Wild yeast collected from the grounds of the National Shrine of St. Anthony located in Mt. Airy in July, 2015 formed the basis for this one-of-a-kind Belgian style quadruple ale. The wild yeast, versus more commercial fast-acting yeast, takes months to ferment. St. Anthony’s Quad was aged for 10 months in first use oak red wine barrels by Urban Artifact.

Doors open at 4:00pm.  Fr. Carl Langenderfer will start things off with a quick prayer at 5:00pm.  Renegade Street Eats food service will be there by 5:00.  Jazz Renaissance (New Orleans style jazz) will start at 8:00. Come join the friars and some of the wonderful people who support them.  A portion of the St Anthony beer sales will help to support the Franciscan mission work.

RSVP on the Facebook Event page.
Directions to Urban Artifact our on their website: http://www.artifactbeer.com/
Read more about the collaboration and process in this article from August 2016.

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More than one St. Anthony story to tell.

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Great Wall Jen & Dad

The Great Wall of China is the backdrop for this photo of Mary Beth’s husband Jack with their daughter Jen who was teaching in China at the time.

Mary Beth shares two stories of St. Anthony’s help.
The first is from many years ago and the second tells of St. Anthony’s help last Mother’s Day.
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Several years ago, one of our daughters was teaching English as a second language in China.  She was homesick and although China had never been on our list of places to go, my husband and I agreed to visit her.

We purchased nonstop airline tickets that went over the North Pole from Newark, NJ, to China.  When in the Newark Airport, which is absolutely HUGE, I wore my glasses instead of contacts on a chain around my neck, so I could hopefully nap on the very long trip.  About an hour and a half after going through TSA screening, we were sitting at our gate.  I saw a sign across the way that I wanted to read and put on my glasses which I use for distance.  I could not see well out of one of the lenses and took them off to clean. To my surprise, the lens was missing!  After checking our current area, we decided to walk back to the place where we went through security.  We knew it would be extremely difficult to replace the glasses in China.  Security was quite far away and it was unlikely we would find the lens, especially so long after losing it and how hard it would be to see, but I asked St. Anthony to help me.

A TSA agent was kind enough to allow me to go back through the security line to look for the lens.  He and Jack stayed on the other side of security and talked.  I didn’t find it and we were walking back to our gate when Jack asked my why St. Anthony didn’t find the lens.  I told him that St. Anthony was probably very busy finding something really important, like world peace.  Then we saw the TSA agent running to catch up with us.  A few more moments and we would have been very hard to find in the enormous crowd.  The agent had found the lens and I got to tell him about St. Anthony!  I was so thankful not only for the found lens but also that my husband spent time talking with the TSA agent so he was aware of our situation.  Thank you for your intervention St. Anthony

Keep reading for Mary Beth’s second and more recent St. Anthony story.
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This statue of the Blessed Mother lights up to alert the South Jersey community of a successful organ transplant surgery.

In honor of all organ donors and to raise awareness of the need for organ donors, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center lights (in green) the statue of the Virgin Mary atop the hospital each time the Lourdes transplant team performs an organ transplant.

Several years ago my son, my daughter-in-law, and my grandchildren gave me a very special charm bracelet.  Over the years they have each picked out meaningful and unique charms to add to it.  I keep the bracelet in a very secure place, not only because of the sentimental value but also because I know the charms are quite costly.

On Mother’s Day I wanted to wear the bracelet but my husband Jack was in the hospital; he usually helps me with the clasp as I have arthritis in my hands.  I took the bracelet with me to church, planning to ask a friend, if I needed assistance, but I decided to leave it in the car.  I thought I had placed it carefully with my chaplet rosary, but, in retrospect, I must have thoughtlessly left it in my lap.

OLO LourdesAfter church I went directly to the hospital to visit my husband.  I got distracted by a picture he wanted me to take of a statue of Our Lady on the very top of the hospital; it is the center for transplants of organs – pancreas, kidneys, and livers – for South Jersey.  Whenever a transplant is done, the statue has a beautiful light to notify the community.  When I got home, I remembered the bracelet and went to retrieve it from the car and could not find it anywhere.  I thought I might have lost it in the hospital parking lot which is very large; it is a distance away and can take up to 2 hours round trip.  I was not looking forward to driving back to look for the bracelet, but I knew the longer I waited the more unlikely it would be to find it.  I knew the bracelet would be virtually impossible to replace and I also dreaded the task of telling my daughter-in-law that I had lost such a special and thoughtful gift.

I prayed fervently to St. Anthony; then remembered that I went to church before I went to visit my husband.  The church is only 10 minutes away so I headed there.  I doubted the church would be open to check the lost and found.  Before morning Mass I had not parked in my typical place but had parked in one of the less crowded areas of the parking lot as I had promised to help out with a fund drive.  I went there and found the bracelet in the parking lot near where I had parked and miraculously it had not been run over by my car or any other and was perfectly intact!  I could not say enough “thank you’ s” to St. Anthony for my Mother’s Day gift from him!!

Mary Beth

St AnthonyWe’d love to hear your St. Anthony story too. Use our Contact Page or Email: mailto:shrine@franciscan.orgor Call Colleen Cushard at: 513-721-4700. Share your prayers with us and our online community at our Prayer Page. You can donate to St. Anthony Bread or any of our ministries at our Donation Page.

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Hearing St. Anthony

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St AnthonyPaul heard, “Stop and get out of the vehicle.”
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I wasn’t going to explain the check, but I changed my mind.

The $100 check is what I promised St. Anthony if he would help me locate my wedding ring.

We flew in from New York City on a Saturday evening and after unpacking, visited our local pub for some dinner.  As soon as we were seated at a booth, I noticed my ring was missing.  My wife started backtracking the day, but I told her it was recent.

I have a habit of twirling my ring on my finger, so it was either in my car, or fell off while unpacking within the last hour.  I’ve lost weight lately, so it’s a bit looser.  At least in was in Macon I thought.

I told her what to order for me and went outside to search my vehicle.  I work in law enforcement so I have a very bright flashlight.  Nothing inside the vehicle, nothing visible under or around it.  It was parked on an incline, so if the ring rolled away… it could be in a grate.

Ring_EDIT 300After a thorough search, my wife said we would just replace my ring.  I have worn that ring for almost 25 years, every day and I wanted THE ring.  I got online and found a prayer to St. Anthony.  We prayed it in the restaurant and I promised I would send $100 to St. Anthony Shrine if we located the ring.

After eating, we jumped in the vehicle and I started backing out.  Something told me to get out my bright flashlight and I did, shining it in the empty space.  I could see what looked like a silver pop top or something, but my ring was gold.  My wife said “see anything?” and I said no.

I put the vehicle back in reverse to leave when someone told me to STOP right there and get OUT of the vehicle.  I just had to exit the vehicle.

My wife said what are you doing, there’s traffic back there.  I put the transmission in Park anyway and jumped out, switched on my light and what looked like a pop top – was my RING.  Unbelievable.  It took me a minute to get the car back in the parking space as we realized what had just happened.

Paul

St. AnthonyWe’d love to hear your St. Anthony story too. Use our Contact Page or Email: shrine@franciscan.org or Call Colleen Cushard at: 513-721-4700. Share your prayers with us and our online community at our Prayer Page. You can donate to St. Anthony Bread or any of our ministries at our Donation Page.

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Resources for your journey through Lent

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Lent

Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is March 1.
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The Friar Works office is once again offering a free pocket-size booklet from the editors of St. Anthony Messenger magazine: Lent with St. Francis, 2017: Meditations and Prayers for Each Day of Lent.

Lent bookletIt is a collection of prayers and reflections to assist you each day on your Lenten journey adapted from Peace and Good: Through the Year with Francis of Assisi by Fr. Pat McCloskey, OFM. ©2014 Franciscan Media

NOTE: If you are currently on our mailing list, you received one with your January newsletter.

If you are not on our mailing list or would like an extra copy for yourself or a family member or friend, please send an email to friarworks@franciscan.org with your POSTAL mailing address and we will get one to you right away as long as our supply lasts.

Offer good only in the United States and Canada.  For other countries, send us an email and we’ll send you an electronic copy.

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Franciscan Media publishes several books to guide you on your journey through Lent.  We listed just a few of their titles below.  Visit their Lent Collection page.

Sensing GodSensing God: Learning to Meditate During Lent, by Laurence Freeman.

Many people feel drawn to what meditation offers (quiet, reflection, stillness, time alone with God), but few have tried it. Some Christians even feel that they shouldn’t meditate. In Sensing God, monk, priest, and spiritual teacher Laurence Freeman may just change some minds. And so will the Holy Spirit, Freeman says – if they begin to meditate for a few minutes each day.

A practical introduction and guide to this ancient Christian practice, Sensing God includes easy-to-follow instructions, guidance and support, as well as 46 enriching daily reflections on the Gospels, highlighting their meaning and continued relevance for living today.

Laurence Freeman, OSB, is a Benedictine monk and director of the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)

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Lent PopeThe Hope of Lent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis, by Diane M. Houdek

With prayer reflections drawn from the words of Pope Francis, this Lenten companion helps you prepare for the Easter season. With Scripture citations for each day of the season, selections from the pope’s writings, and ways to bring the pope’s message into your life on judgment, justice, forgiveness and mercy, The Hope for Lent will lend a moment’s meditation to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary, to be surprised by God’s mercy when we least expect it.

Diane M. Houdek is the author of The Joy of Advent, Pope Francis and Our Call to Joy, Lent with St. Francis, and Advent with St. Francis. She is the digital book editor for Franciscan Media.

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Teresa-21Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta: Daily Meditations, Heidi Hess Saxton

“Thoughtfulness is the beginning of great sanctity,” observed Mother Teresa, one of the most beloved Catholic women of all time, popularly acclaimed a saint in her own lifetime. This small book of daily reflections for Lent and Holy Week celebrates the humility, charity and devotion of Saint Teresa of Calcutta.

Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta offers a short Scripture passage for each day, a brief meditation with a quote or story from the life of this remarkable woman, plus reflection questions and a short prayer to begin or end the day. Read alone or with a small group, this is a helpful resource for reflecting upon the mercy of God—and modeling the generous heart of this saint from Calcutta in our own lives.

Heidi Hess Saxton is a Catholic editor, wife, and mother, and is author of several books.  Heidi is editorial director of Servant, an imprint of Franciscan Media. She writes for adoptive, foster, and special-needs families at “A Mother on the Road Less Traveled.”

Visit Franciscan Media’s Lenten Collection for these and more resources.

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Navy Veteran Frank Silva Pledges 10% of Estate to Franciscans

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Frank Silva serving in Vietnam in the early 1970’s

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… Not as far as Las Vegas resident Frank Silva is concerned.
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The retired U.S. Navy Petty Officer, who has lived in Las Vegas for the past 24 years, is not sure how an appeal from the Province of St. John the Baptist made it to his mailbox 15 years ago.  But he is quite willing to share that it had its desired effect, and why.

Frank Silva today in Las Vegas

Frank Silva today in Las Vegas

The appeal rekindled his childhood appreciation for the work and humility of the Friars.  He became both an annual contributor to the Province and a legacy donor; he now plans to leave 10% of his estate to the Province through his Will.

“My grandmother belonged to Holy Family Parish in Albuquerque, where I grew up,” he said.  “It was part of the Province of St. John the Baptist at the time.  Francis was my baptismal name, and St. Francis was my patron saint, so I always had a devotion to him.  As a kid, I admired the friars.  When I got that first request I thought, ‘Let’s do this.’”

He likes that the Franciscans help poor people, providing them with education, food and shelter.  “The money goes directly to people in need,” he continued.  “And the Franciscans show so much humility.  That’s important to me.”

Another formative influence on Silva was the U.S. Navy.  He enlisted when he was eighteen.  “I joined the Navy because I didn’t want to go to Vietnam.  The funny thing is, after my first duty assignment and “A” school [which teaches you the skills you need to do your job], they sent me to the Mekong River to repair river boats for a year.  I grew up really fast.”

Frank's beloved dog Spike

Frank’s beloved dog Spike

After Vietnam, he was home ported on the East Coast, including Boston and Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, in Norfolk.  “I saw the world before I was twenty-three,” Silva said.  After active duty, Silva spent 20 years in the Navy Reserve.

He credits his Navy training for jumpstarting his civilian career.  Two years after joining Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) in 1974 as an apprentice, the superintendent of System Operations offered him a position as a System Operator, “I told him there were other apprentices years ahead of me and that journeymen wouldn’t be happy.  He said the reason he picked me was because I was Navy trained.  I will never forget that.  I can’t say enough about my experience with the Navy and what it did for me.”  After 11 years with PNM he worked for Arizona Public Service, Plains Electric G&T and on to Nevada Power Co. (NV Energy) where he retired after 17 years.

He enjoys walking his little dog Spike and his hobbies… He plays softball twice a week year round, running model trains (N-Scale), yard work and reading.

FrancisIf you would like to learn more about leaving the Franciscans in your estate plans visit our Leave a Legacy page.  Contact Friar Works Co-Director Colleen Cushard at ccushard@franciscan.org  or call her at 513-721-4700 ext 3219.

 

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St. Anthony finds lost dog

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enzo_250This may sound silly to you – but – we (my husband and I – both 89 years) were dog sitting while my daughter and her husband went on vacation.

The day they were coming home and for no apparent reason, the dog suddenly took off.  She looked at me and kept going into the street and disappeared.  She had never ever done anything like that before.

To make a long story short, we had the whole neighborhood looking and we prayed to St Anthony!

At dark a lady called from 1 mile away and said she had my daughter’s dog, Carley.
What made her go down their street?  She was taken in by a 10 year old boy because he thought she looked lost.  A phone number was on her collar and the lady contacted my daughter who just got off the plane. St. Anthony works again!  I knew he would – wow!!  Wish I could give more.

Thank you, thank you

Mrs. C
Michigan

St. AnthonyWe’d love to hear your St. Anthony story too. Use our Contact Page or Email: shrine@franciscan.org or Call Colleen Cushard at: 513-721-4700. Share your prayers with us and our online community at our Prayer Page. You can donate to St. Anthony Bread or any of our ministries at our Donation Page.

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Franciscan Artists & Friends exhibit

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Music of My Soul by Cedric Michael Cox

Music of My Soul by Cedric Michael Cox

Artists nourish our souls and help us to see the world in a different way.
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Five artists will share their work at the Franciscan Artists & Friends Exhibit on December 9 & 10 & 11 as part of the ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ at the Christian Moerlein Event Center, 1621 Moore Street, Cincinnati, OH  45202.
Click here for directions.

HumphreysBr. Martin Humphreys, OFM, has a thing or two in common with daVinci, believing that all art is spiritual and that abstract art is most suitable in expressing the great mystery, God himself. A native of Mandeville, La., this nonagenarian has punctuated his life of ministry, whether in fraternal service or work with the poor in Cincinnati or at Duns Scotus College, Southfield, Mich., or in pastoral ministry in New Orleans and then back in Cincinnati, with daily efforts to reveal some small part of the mystery of God through his art. His work has hung in the Hall Barnett Gallery in the French Quarter in New Orleans and has won prizes in a variety of Art Association shows. Now retired, his art is his ministry and, he hopes, it gives people a greater understanding of God’s presence in all things.

QuigleyFr. John Quigley, OFM, was always drawing. As a child in London, Ontario, through formation as a Franciscan, John has always found expression through art. John says the creative energy that flows through us has to find an outlet, sometimes, through pastoral work, sometimes in international advocacy work, now in preaching, but always, for him, in painting. Now, through the Friars Studio in Over-the-Rhine, John shares his painting which he describes as “a very spiritual exercise, a discipline in contemplation, allowing God to work with you, through you.” A golden Jubilarian as a Franciscan friar in 2015, John continues to preach and to paint, searching for meaning and understanding of the spirit world.

“Preaching and fine art are two horses yoked together that pull me into meaning and personal challenges. Preaching helps me articulate and understand my beliefs and painting helps me search the spirit world – especially in times of loss and grief.”

Fr. John’s website: fatherjohnquigley.com

CoxCedric Michael Cox is best known for his paintings and drawings, which fall between surrealism and representational abstraction. His work expresses themes ranging from mythical literature to the relationships between the physical body, musical allegories, and natural and man-made landscapes.

Cedric has had solo exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center, the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, PAC Gallery, and Weston Gallery in the Aronoff Center for the Arts.  In support of his efforts in the visual arts and art education communities, the City of Cincinnati awarded Cox the Individual Artist Grant in 2009.  He received a Congressional Award in 2010.  Cedric teaches art at the St. Francis Seraph School.

“My art conveys overlapping aesthetic concerns, evoking ideas ranging from early modernism to contemporary postmodernism. My paintings and drawings are intended to build bridges between the past, present and future, both amongst individuals and all groups of people, through stylistic ideas and expressions.  Using positivism as my basic humanistic approach to art and life, and the interstices in between, I communicate through my artwork, as Rauschenberg proposed with his primary aesthetic/cultural challenges.”

Cedric’s website: cedricmichaelcox.com

PearceJoe Pearce is a traditional modern artist.  He was born in Indianapolis, IN and currently lives and works in Cincinnati, OH.  His art studio is at the Pendleton Art Center in Cincinnati. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Indiana University and has studied at the Art Academy of Cincinnati and with individual respected artists.  His work had been shown in several galleries and venues in Cincinnati and at Times Square and The Armory Gallery in New York City. He has been nominated three years in a row as “Best Local Artist” in the City Beat publication.

“Twenty five years of drawing and painting experience focusing on Expressionism, Symbolism, and Outsider Art.  Using my spiritual and emotional instincts, I paint what I feel more than what I see. My paintings are intuitive, speaking about what might be rather than what is. I do realize, however, that people relate to physical images that they know. Therefore, fairly representational images appear in my paintings on a regular basis.  My mission is to share beauty, depth, meaning, and happiness with those who get to know my pieces of art.”

Joe’s website: joepearceart.com

marybarrrhodesphotoMary Barr Rhodes has won numerous awards and is represented in private and corporate collection in North America, Europe and South America. She was voted Abstract Artist of the Year 2014 in the Art Comes Alive Juried Exhibition sponsored by Art Design Consultants. Rhodes works and resides in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Mary’s website: marybarrrhodes.com

Detail of 'Lessons in Water' by Fr. John Quigley, OFM

Detail of ‘Lessons in Water’ by Fr. John Quigley, OFM

 

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Advent & Christmas with the Franciscans

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An angel announces the Birth of Christ at “A Franciscan Christmas” holiday display at Christian Moerlein Event Center.

“May this season of anticipation and hope
prepare your heart to welcome the Lord with joy!”
–SJB Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler.

AdventJoin the Franciscans in your journey through Advent to the birth of our Savior.

The first day of Advent is Sunday November 27.  The editors of St. Anthony Messenger magazine have created an Advent booklet to fit in your pocket.  ‘Advent with St. Teresa of Calcutta, Daily Prayers for Each Day of Advent’ is free.

Just send your name and address to friarworks@franciscan.org and we’ll mail you your copy today.

Offer valid in the US only.  If you live outside of the US, contact us for the electronic version.

Click here to learn more

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Shrine“Lessons & Carols”

We need a Savior to be born into our world and into our hearts.

Join Shrine Guardian Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM, and the Franciscans at the National Shrine of St. Anthony for:

“Lessons & Carols”
Sunday, December 11
4:00 pm

It is a program of six scripture readings and Advent carols sung by the choir and the congregation that are meant to help us prepare for Christmas.

Click here to learn more

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Br. Tim Sucher hosts, "A Franciscan Christmas"

Br. Tim Sucher hosts, “A Franciscan Christmas”

A Franciscan Christmas

Nativities from around the world, a Dickens Christmas village, a running model train and much more await you at “A Franciscan Christmas” at the Christian Moerlein Event Center.

Special events include Saengerfest Choirs, Franciscan Art Exhibit, and a visit from Santa Claus.

November 25 – January 1, 2017

Live Nativity

Stop by St. Francis Seraph Church and say hello to the sheep, goats, and donkeys who greet you as you enter the courtyard.  Relax by the fountain and meditate on the Holy Family at this outdoor nativity display.

December 4 – January 6, 2017

Click here to learn more

Stop by to pet the sheep at St. Francis Seraph Church

Stop by to pet the sheep at St. Francis Seraph Church

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A Franciscan Christmas

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St. Francis of Assisi loved Christmas and we do too!
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Provincial Minister Fr. Jeff Scheeler expresses our gratitude in the video above.

This holiday season please invite your friends and family to ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ in historic Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati.  Enter the courtyard of St. Francis Seraph Church on the corner of Liberty and Vine to meditate on the Holy Family or pet the goats, sheep, and donkeys in this Live Nativity.

Nativity‘A Franciscan Christmas’ continues at the nearby Christian Moerlein Event Center only a few blocks from the church. You’ll see Br. Tim Sucher’s Christmas Creche collection featuring nativities from around the world.  Fr. Joachim Lux’s model trains, a Dickens Christmas village, a huge Santa Claus display, and lots and lots of decorated Christmas trees with comfortable chairs where you can sit and enjoy a beverage or food from the Christian Moerlein Taproom.

Dates and Hours for the Live Nativity in the St. Francis Seraph Courtyard:
Sunday December 4 – Friday, January 6, 2017
1:00 PM – 7:00 PM Daily

ChristmasDates and Hours for ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ at Christian Moerlein Event Center:
Thursday November 25 – Sunday, January 1, 2017 when the Christian Moerlein Taproom is open for business.
Wednesdays 4:00 PM – 10:00PM
Thursdays 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Fridays 4:00 pm – Midnight
Saturdays Noon to Midnight
Sundays Noon – 7:00 PM

Donations are welcome for the support of St. Francis Seraph Church and School.

St. Francis Seraph Church, 1615 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202 (at the corner of Liberty and Vine) Click here for directions.

Christian Moerlein Event Center, 1621 Moore St., Cincinnati, OH  45202  Click here for directions.

Br. Tim Sucher surrounded by families visiting the Franciscan Christmas at the Christian Moerlein Event Center

Br. Tim Sucher surrounded by families visiting the ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ display at the Christian Moerlein Event Center

 

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Top Ten Friar Questions

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Br. Casey Cole, OFM, of Holy Name Province reaches the world through his blog, “Breaking in the Habit.”

In this video he answers the Top 10 Questions he gets asked the most often about being a Franciscan friar.

Questions such as:

“Are you a monk?  I thought you couldn’t leave the monastery.”

“What are you wearing?  Do you wear that all the time?”

“My friend is a Jesuit.  Is that the same thing?”

“So, you take vows?  Which one is the hardest one?”

“You can’t get married?”

Br. Casey answers these questions and more in this entertaining video.

LogoConsidering joining the Franciscans?  Visit our Vocation Page: Be A Friar.  Or contact our Vocations Director, Fr. Luis Aponte-Merced, OFM, at: sjbvocations@franciscan.org, text: 309-361-4500, phone: 800-827-1082 (513-542-1082), or fax 513-542-1083

 

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