Prayer

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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Blessings from St. Anthony

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Photo by Peggy from Pixabay Grateful for the intercession of St. Anthony Greetings to you, I want to give praise to God for blessing me as I pray to him with the intercession of St. Anthony. These are…

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Solemn Novena to St. Francis

Prayer, Saint Francis

“Desire above all things to have the Spirit of the Lord and its holy activity, and pray always with a pure heart,” St. Francis of Assisi (The Later Rule, Chapter X:8) In honor of St. Francis,…

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Six provinces become one

Missions, Newsletter, Prayer, Serving the poor

Fr. John Bok, OFM We are excited to share some wonderful news with you! In October 2023, our Cincinnati province will join five other US provinces to become one really big Franciscan family named Our Lady of Guadalupe…

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Help St. Anthony! I am missing a goat!

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Clover, Mary Poppins and Pavlova. Photo by Michael Wilson One morning several years ago on my way through town to my office at the friary, I saw three baby goats and their mothers on a steep hillside sandwiched…

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Unity, fraternity and joy in Kansas City

Events, Missions, Prayer

A group photo of the Gather and Discern attendees. Photos by Sam Reinke and Sr. Eileen Connelly, OSU The sense of unity, fraternity and joy was obvious as Franciscan friars from the US-6 provinces came together at the…

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Fall retreats at SFRH

Events, Prayer

The St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, Pa. St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, Pa., is looking forward to two presenters coming to offer weekend retreats in September. Christina R. Zaker, D.Min., the director of field education and…

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Happy Feast of St. Clare 2022

Prayer, Saint Clare

A great love for Christ St. Clare was a woman in love with Christ, and she wanted all people to know the joy of union with him. She did not emphasize poverty for the sake of poverty, but poverty…

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A difficult prayer to St. Anthony

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Our Mother had been suffering with emphysema for 8 years. She became very ill and was in the hospital. Dad said a novena to St. Anthony saying, “If Mom is not well enough to come home, ask God to…

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Unique St. Anthony Celebrations from devotees

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Maria had friar habits made for her nephew Salvatore, her granddaughter Ri,  and her late husband Angelo. In last month’s e-newsletter, Fr. John shared how the Franciscan friars in Cincinnati would be celebrating the…

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