Senior Friars

Advent & Christmas with the Franciscans

Advent and Christmas, Events, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Francis, Senior Friars

One of the many nativities from around the world at ‘A Franciscan Christmas’ at the Christian Moerlein Event Center “May the coming Advent Season be a time of joyful anticipation & hope. –SJB Provincial…

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Thankful for family ties

Prayer, Senior Friars

The oldest and the youngest, Fr. John with Hannah, his first cousin thrice removed. I read yesterday in the USA Today section of The Cincinnati Enquirer that 1 in 3 Americans have cut ties with family as a result…

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Fr. John Joseph praises God for St. Anthony

Prayer, Saint Anthony, Senior Friars

On May 10th of this year (2018), as I was preparing to leave for a Secular Franciscan Meeting in Uniontown, Pa., I noticed that my wrist watch was not on its familiar place, my wrist. The Velcro on the…

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Jubilarians 2018

Senior Friars

Br. Michael Dubec, OFM 50 Years Profession Be sure to thank people you meet along the way honestly and sincerely for the small things in life. Br. Mike Dubec, OFM Fr. Robert Weakley, OFM 50…

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Kids share the fun at Friars Club

Events, Missions, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Francis, Senior Friars

March Madness! ~ Do you have any idea what it is like to spend a Saturday with between 650 and 800 kids? Let’s do the math: 10 kids on a team, 20 kids on a court and 80…

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Survey results

Missions, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Anthony, Saint Francis, Senior Friars, Support the Friars, Vocations

Fr. John Bok with a parishioner Thank you! ~ We wish to thank everyone who participated in our recent online survey. We received some 600 completed surveys and are grateful for the opinions, insights and ideas shared by…

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Lessons & Carols at St. Anthony Shrine

Advent and Christmas, Events, Newsletter, Saint Anthony, Senior Friars

The St. Anthony Shrine choir We need a Savior to be born into our world and into our hearts. ~ Guardian Br. Norbert Join Shrine Guardian Br. Norbert Bertram, OFM, and the Franciscans at the National…

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The decisions of our lives

Newsletter, Prayer, Senior Friars

Fr. Jim Van Vurst, OFM One sure sign of growing into maturity is the willingness and ability to “take responsibility for our choices in life.”  Obviously, all of us are influenced by many circumstances, some of which are beyond…

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$10,000 Jasper Challenge Matching Gift

Events, Missions, Prayer, Saint Francis, Senior Friars

Will You Remember Our Retired Friars? ~ Do not cast me aside in my old age; as my strength fails, do not forsake me –Psalms 71:9 Nurse Michelle taking Br. Josef’s, 77, blood pressure during one of her…

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Success and Failure Indicators

Jesus, Newsletter, Prayer, Senior Friars

Fr. Jim Van Vurst The other day I came across a list of qualities both positive and negative that we see as criteria for “success” or “failure” in most people’s lives.  I thought they provided a simple and yet…

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