Prayer

Advent Prayer

Advent and Christmas, Prayer

Photo by Victor Guevarra on Unsplash Lord, during this time of Advent, help us to prepare ourselves for the gift of Christ’s birth. Open our hearts to the joy that it brings. Just as St. Francis…

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St. Anthony and a Seemingly Impossible Situation

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Photo by Courtney Chestnut on Unsplash I have so many good stories of St. Anthony coming to my rescue and hearing my plea for a lost item. The one that especially comes to mind is when my gold…

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St. Anthony heard Gregory's plea

Prayer, Saint Anthony

  The ground was covered with leaves. Photo by Marilyn Wilson St. Anthony heard my plea. Recently, I was taking a walk enjoying the autumn leaves when I took a hard tumble onto the sidewalk. After I gathered…

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Happy Thanksgiving

Newsletter, Prayer

Fr. John Bok, OFM Thanksgiving is a wonderful reminder for us to really think about our many blessings and to give thanks to God for them. Most of us are fortunate enough to spend time with family and…

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The Power of Novena Prayers

Prayer, Saint Francis

Detail of Christine H.’s painting inspired by Francisco de Zurbarán’s art on St. Francis’ death contemplation. Lately I’ve been going through a midlife crisis. My mom had a stroke in June of last year, and there’s an unresolved…

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Angels watching over Fr. John

Prayer

A car goes airborne over Fr. John Bok’s vehicle. I believe in science and the laws of physics. My first assignment after ordination was to our Franciscan high school in Cincinnati. I taught various science classes including physics.…

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Growing in love celebrating St. Francis

Pet Blessing, Prayer, Saint Francis

Friars and guests celebrate the Transitus at the St. Anthony Shrine in Cincinnati. Photo by Fr. Frank Jasper, OFM Friars from throughout St. John the Baptist Province joyfully marked the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi on…

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A Journey of Faith and Spiritual Preparation

Advent and Christmas, Prayer, Saint Francis

  Advent 2022 The first Sunday of Advent, November 27, 2022, starts the new Liturgical Year—a new journey of faith and spiritual preparation. Advent is a wonderful opportunity to reexamine where we have been and where we want to…

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A place of prayer, presence and peace

Missions, Prayer

Board member Carol Swavely and Henry Beck welcome retreatants. Photos by Sr. Eileen Connelly, OSU “I feel peaceful here and very welcome.” ‘It’s as if the friars are opening their home to us.” “I experience God’s presence when…

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Join us for Transitus

Prayer, Saint Francis

  Painting of the Transitus by Chilean painter Pedro Subercaseaux Erraězuriz, OSB (1911-1920s). Public domain The Transitus, or crossing, refers to “the time of passage through death to life” Please join the Franciscan friars of the…

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