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Franciscan retreats and pilgrimages

Events, Prayer, Saint Francis

A retreat or pilgrimage can be life changing. A time of spiritual growth and deepening of your walk with God. Our Franciscan friars want to help you in your spiritual journey. Check out this list of our Franciscan retreats and pilgrimages.

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Movie celebrates meeting of St. Francis and Sultan

Events, Saint Francis

800 years ago during the 5th Crusade, Francis of Assisi crossed the battlefields to share the Christian faith with Muslim leader, al-Malik al-Kamil in Egypt. In celebration of this event the friars invite you to join them in viewing the film, The Sultan and the Saint, at locations around Cincinnati and Detroit.

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St. Anthony helps with fury over files.

Prayer, Saint Anthony

"I was ready to give up and tell the auditors I could not find the file when it occurred to me that I had not asked for St. Anthony’s help. I left the office, said a prayer to St. Anthony and calmed myself down."

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Reds Opening Day Parade

Events, Saint Francis

The friars are thrilled to again be participating in the 100th Cincinnati Reds Opening Day Parade starting at noon at Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine.

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Getting to know Br. Matt Ryan

Vocations

Br. Matt Ryan worked as a Public Defender for the Commonwealth of Kentucky for 13 years before discerning a call to be a Franciscan friar. He currently is a Novice at the Interprovincial Novitiate.

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Lent in the Spirit of St. Francis

Events, Lent and Easter, Prayer

Join the friars for "Our Journey of Mercy, Lent in the Spirit of St. Francis" Reflection Series over 3 Wednesdays in Lent. Adoration, Confession, Compline, and Stations of the Cross on Friday too.

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St. Anthony finds Miriam's mother's diamond

Prayer, Saint Anthony

St. Anthony finds Miriam's cherished diamond from her mother's wedding ring.

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New documentary of St. Francis showing at Roger Bacon H.S.

Events, Saint Francis

Sign of Contradiction, a new documentary of the life of St. Francis of Assisi presents St. Francis as a real person, not a caricature of an animal-loving saint from a distant time.

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Sarah Center is the 2019 Recipient of National Women's History Month Festival

Events, Serving the poor

The Sarah Center is a female-centered outreach ministry and safe gathering place for impoverished women in Over the Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.

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Meet Michael Charron: Franciscan Brother and Law Student

Serving the poor

Br. Michael Charron, Franciscan friar and soon-to-be lawyer for the poor.

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K's little shrine to St. Anthony

Prayer, Saint Anthony

I just love St. Anthony and have a little shrine in my room.

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Roger Bacon students particpate in March for Life rally

Prayer

Roger Bacon students travel to Washington, DC, for the annual March for Life.

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Holy Family plans for the future

Prayer

Baptisms and Renovations at Holy Family Parish in Oldenburg, Indiana

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Padre Pio featured in 2019 Lent booklet

Lent and Easter, Prayer

St. Padre Pio featured in the 2019 Lent prayer pocket booklet.

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A message from the Provincial Minister

Advent and Christmas

We can’t say thank you enough for your gifts of support, trust, and prayers.

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Devotion to St. Anthony begins at a young age

Prayer, Saint Anthony

My grandmother stopped my brother and I and my two cousins and had us hold hands and say a prayer to St. Anthony.

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The Christmas Story

Advent and Christmas

Fr. Murray Bodo reads The Christmas Story from the Gospel of Luke.

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Fr. Ric draws birdhouse winners

Senior Friars

Fr. Ric Schneider drew the names for the 5 winners of his handmade birdhouses.

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Leave a Chair for Christ

Advent and Christmas, Pope Francis, Prayer, Saint Anthony, Saint Francis

Prepare your heart for Our Lord You are invited to join us at the St. Anthony Shrine for a new Advent series entitled Leave a Chair for Christ. The three Wednesdays during Advent, we’ll gather from 7 pm – 8 pm.  We’ll start with songs, prayers,…

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St. Anthony hears our cries

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Chicken Livers and Raspberries ~ I slipped and fell on my kitchen floor because of some spilled grease from frying chicken livers. It happened in a flash. My wooden cane just whooshed out from under me and I flailed around but too late. I hit my head on the…

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Advent & Christmas with the Franciscans

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

Advent and Christmas with the Franciscans

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A Franciscan Christmas 2018

Advent and Christmas, Jesus, Missions, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Francis

Christmas events at St. Francis Seraph Church at Liberty & Vine in Cincinnati

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"What the Franciscans Taught Me": An interview with a Former Seminarian.

Missions, Prayer, Saint Francis, Vocations

Most times when a friar leaves the Order, he will continue to be involved in ministry, just in a different way.

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Franciscan hope and solidarity with the Jewish community

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Lights fill the room during the light vigil portion of a memorial service at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield Twp. on Monday, Oct. 29, 2018. The service was quickly organized by local Jewish youth groups in response to the anti-Semitic mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday. The…

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New books by Franciscan Media

Missions, Prayer, Saint Francis

As disciples of Christ, Franciscan Media helps people seek the transformative love of Jesus. Two of their most recent books are featured below. Surrounded by Love: Seven Teachings from Saint Francis In his newest book, Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, brings to life seven teachings from the life…

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St. Clare featured in 2018 Advent booklet

Advent and Christmas, Prayer, Saint Clare

Pray through Advent with St. Clare of Assisi. Our novena to St. Clare this summer was very powerful and many people received answers to their prayers. Continue praying with this powerful saint with this year’s pocket-size Advent prayer booklet, Advent with Saint Clare, by Susan Hines-Brigger If you already receive…

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St. Anthony helps Lorraine avoid big hassle

Prayer, Saint Anthony

Answer to prayer comes in the mail. I was born on June 13th, and have always been devoted to St. Anthony. Years ago I lost my license on a day when I had occasion to take it out both at home and outside the home as well. I searched…

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Pet Blessings at SPCA

Pet Blessing, Prayer, Saint Francis

‘May they find loving humans’ Every animal has a story. That’s what five friars learned October 6 when they volunteered for the province’s first-ever pet blessing at Cincinnati’s SPCA adoption center in Sharonville. Br. David Crank with Ma-Be, a Maltese Friars Tim Lamb and Bill Farris set out…

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Happy Feast of St. Francis!

Prayer, Saint Francis

Happy Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, a saint for all times, a saint for all people. Today, Oct. 4, Christians around the world remember one of the great heroes of our faith, and the current pope’s namesake. Thanks to those of you who joined our celebration of this…

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Events celebrating the Feast of St. Francis

Events, Saint Francis

The Feast of St. Francis is October 4 Celebrate our founder by joining with the friars in these activities and events around the province. Solemn Novena in Honor of St. Francis of Assisi We invite you to pray an online novena with us, September 25 –…

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