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Mercy – The Force of God Awakens in Us

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Fr. John Quigley, OFM, celebrates
Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy

“Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.  These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith,” quotes Fr. John reading from Pope Francis’ Misericoriae Vultus or Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

Those unable to attend the presentation due to location or schedule conflict asked us to record the presentation and we so we did.  Hope you enjoy it.

Fr. John shares his thoughts on exploring the mystery of God, the vast ocean of God’s love for us, forever.  The great hope that we will be loved forever.  Click on the video to watch.

Year of MercyNext in the series:
Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM:
Monday April 11 at 7:00 PM
Fr. Larry’s presentation will be video taped and available for viewing soon.

Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM:
Wednesday November 2 at 7:00 PM

Learn more about how the Franciscans are celebrating the Jubilee Year of Mercy at

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24 Hours for the Lord

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24 Hours

Pray with us during ‘24 Hours for the Lord’

When Pope Francis announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy, one of the things he called for was “24 Hours for the Lord,” to be held on the Friday and Saturday preceding the fourth Sunday of Lent, March 4-5, 2016.

The Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist in the Cincinnati area are responding to this call and invitation.  From 5 p.m. on Friday, March 4, to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, all are welcome to come and pray at St. Anthony Shrine, 5000 Colerain Ave. in Mt. Airy (Cincinnati), anytime during those 24 hours.

Pope FrancisThe event will begin with exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and close with Benediction.  At the top of each hour, various individuals or groups will share some form of prayer or devotion (about 10 minutes), and the rest of the hour will be given to quiet personal prayer.  Confessors will be available periodically to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation with those who wish.

Friars, Franciscan sisters, friends in our ministries, prayer groups from our parishes, youth groups and Bible study groups will be leaders for the prayer. Different forms of prayer will be available: rosary; scripture reading; litany; song; and more.  The prayers can be opportunities to pray for situations in our world that need mercy, healing, forgiveness or reconciliation.

“By calling for an attentive listening to the word of God and encouraging the initiative ‘24 Hours for the Lord’, I sought to stress the primacy of prayerful listening to God’s word, especially his prophetic word,” the Pope said in announcing the event. “The mercy of God is a proclamation made to the world, a proclamation which each Christian is called to experience at first hand.”

SJB CouncilGet Directions to the Shrine.

Share your prayers with us on our Prayer Page.

The friars are looking forward to praying with you and for you especially during this Jubilee Year of Mercy celebration of  ’24 Hours for the Lord’

You may want to check with your local parishes to find out about this type on celebration in the area where you live.
Visit our Year of Mercy page for more events and interactive information.

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Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy

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St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City

St. Peters Basilica in Vatican City

 Pilgrimage to the Shrines of Italy
September 27 – October 7, 2016

Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM

Join Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM, for an incredible tour of some of Italy’s most sacred and historical sites.

For more information and a detailed brochure, email:

Or call: 513-721-4700, ext 3219

To check it out online visit:

St. Michael Archangel

St. Michael Archangel



Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

San Giovanni Rotondo

Tomb of Padre Pio

Abbey of Santissima Trinita

Madonna del Rosario

Vatican City

Loreto Holy House

Loreto Holy House

Papal Audience

St. Peter’s Basilica

St. Paul Outside the Walls

Christian Rome City Tour

St. Mary Major

St. John in Lateran


Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

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Join us for Year of Mercy Presentation Series

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Celebrating Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy

Mercy is very dear to Franciscans, in fact in some ways, it is our vocation.  An early life of St. Francis, called the Legend of the Three Companions, described our way of life this way:

This is our vocation:  to heal wounds, to bind what is broken, to bring home those who are lost. In other words to be merciful.

We friars thank you for your many expressions of kindness and mercy toward us, and we pray that this year will be a time when you come to know once again the mercy of God.  We thank you for helping us proclaim this great gift, and to continue healing, binding wounds, and welcoming people home.  May God give you peace!

We invite you to join us for Franciscan reflections on the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

  • Fr. John Quigley, OFM:      PHOTOS and VIDEO from his presentation in February
  • Fr. Larry Zurek, OFM:         Monday, April 11, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM:     Wednesday, November 2, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

All three presentations will be held at the St Anthony Shrine, 5000 Colerain Avenue, Cincinnati, OH  45223 and last approximately one hour.   Light refreshments will follow.

To rsvp, please contact Fr. Dan Anderson  at:  or call 513-721-4700

Fr. John Quigley's talk is Saturday February 6.

Fr. John Quigley’s talk is Saturday February 6.

Fr. Larry Zurek will speak on Monday April 11.

Fr. Larry Zurek will speak Monday April 11.

Fr. Mark Soehner's talk is Wednesday November 2.

Fr. Mark Soehner’s talk is Wednesday November 2.

May God give you peace in this Jubilee Year of Mercy!

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Christmas and Inspirational Books

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“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…. ” John 1:1

Franciscan Media seeks to spread the Word that is Jesus Christ.  All their publications, products, and endeavors aim to carry on the work of telling the wonderful message of Jesus in the substantial, yet easy-to-understand style of Saints Francis, Clare and Anthony.

Titles from Pope Francis:
Year of Mercy  FM - Blessing family
Love is Our Mission Fulton SheenHoly Marriage HappyFM - Men, Women MysteryLife's great questionsAmazing Graces In God's holy light Passion and Cross150 Bible Browse CatalogBrowse the entire Franciscan Media catalog


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What is the Year of Mercy?

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Year of Mercy

A living sign of the
Father’s love in the world

Pope Francis has long made mercy one of the primary focuses of his papacy.

Because he has sought to reach those in the fold as well as those on the periphery, the pope declared that the Jubilee of Mercy will begin on December 8, 2015 (the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary) and conclude on November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe).

It’s a special, holy year which will focus on the breadth of God’s mercy and forgiveness.

Join our flagship ministry Franciscan Media
in celebrating the Year of Mercy.


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Gift Ideas for Advent and Christmas

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 Prepare for Advent and the Holiday season with thoughtful books and gifts from our ministries

Advent prepares our hearts to receive Christ.  Franciscan Media is your resource for inspiration and holiday gift-giving.

Love is our missionLove Is Our Mission: Pope Francis in America by CNS, USCCB, and Franciscan Media

The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis by Diane M. Houdek

Preparing for Christmas: Daily Meditations for Advent by Richard Rohr

Advent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections by Diane M. Houdek

A Franciscan Christmas by Kathleen M. Carroll

Bambinelli Sunday: A Christmas Blessing by Amy Wellborn, illustrated by Ann Kissane Englehart

The Puppy That No One Wanted by Anthony DeStefano, illustrated by Richard Cowdrey

A gift subscription to St. Anthony Messenger magazine

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St AnthonyThe Franciscan Monastery Gift Shop  in Washington, DC, offers everything from books and movies to hand-crafted objects from the Holy Land. Your purchases at the Holy Land Franciscan Monastery Gift Shop helps support the Franciscans in their mission of serving the people of the Holy Land and preserving the shrines of the Holy Land.

St. Anthony Soap with Medallion

Olivewood Musical Nativity

Olive Oil from the Holy Land

100% Cashmere Scarves

Sarah Center~~~

At the Sarah Center in Cincinnati, OH, women discover self, share healing, and create beauty.  Their Holiday Sale features hand crafted jewelry, quilts, handbags, paintings, decorative items and more all made by Sarah Center Artists and Local Vendors.

Friday, Dec 4th – 4pm to 7pm
Saturday, Dec 5th – 4pm to 6pm
Sunday, Dec 6th – 11am – 4pm
The Sarah Center
1618 Vine Street
Cincinnati, OH  45202
(513) 651-1532


Br. Mark at the St. Francis Retreat House

Br. Mark at the St. Francis Retreat House

St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, PA, operates a small gift and book shop to help subsidize the retreat ministry.

In addition to religious books, statuary and other religious items, the shop features food products and other items such as beer soap, Holy water soap, fruitcakes from Franciscans in Ava, MO, Trappist candy, mugs, biscotti, caskets and urns all handmade by monks, hermits, friars and religious sisters from all over the country. The gift shop is open every day. Hours vary, so call ahead if you plan to visit.

To order any of these items, give Brother Mark a call at 1-610-258-3053, extension #34, or speak to the secretary in the front office. You may also place your order via e-mail at and we will get back to you for all necessary information. Shipping charges are added to the items ordered and you can pay by credit card or check.


The Franciscan Friars and staff of the Province of St. John the Baptist wish you a Blessed Advent and a very Merry Christmas!

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Capturing the Spirit of Pope Francis’ US Visit

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“They are going to see one of the most generous personalities currently in the world.”
–Tunney King, father of Br. Colin King, OFM

Br. Roger and Br. Colin with cut-out of Pope Francis

Br. Roger and Br. Colin with cut-out of Pope Francis

Br. Roger Lopez, OFM, and Br. Colin King, OFM, shared their front-row seat to the action leading up to and beyond Pope Francis’ canonization Mass of Franciscan friar Br. Junipero Serra on September 23 in Washington, D.C.

They captured the spirit, excitement, and hope with their videos of Pope Francis and interviews with lay people and Franciscan friars from around the world (including our own Fr. Bonaventure Bai, OFM, and Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM).

“You can be given the weightiest responsibilities, some might say
perhaps the most prestigious position in the Church, and remain the same person…
I see the same Bergoglio that I knew in 2003.”
– Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle from the Philippines.


“He comes as a man of faith, a man of peace.”
– Minister General Fr. Michael Perry, OFM

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila with Br. Roger

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila with Br. Roger

Minister General Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, with Br. Roger

Minister General Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, with Br. Roger

Watch all the interview videos on Youtube: Friars Roger and Colin experience Pope Francis’ US visit

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