Franciscan Reminds Us of the Limitlessness of God’s Love

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Franciscan Friar Conventual David Lenz resides at the friary on Mount St. Francis in Indiana. Although he has retired from active work, he still continues to offer spiritual direction to friars and the wider community through periodic videos.

Recently, Friar David released a video (see above) on Pope Francis’ devotion to Mary the Untier of Knots. He prays to Our Lady in the video and reminds us that we can turn to Her with our troubles. By interceding with the Lord, Our Lady will help us find peace of mind.

In his video, Friar David also reminds us of the limitlessness of God’s love and forgiveness. No matter what we do in life and how scared we might be we can turn to God and ask for forgiveness. He will respond by embracing, comforting and strengthening us.

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Across the United States, More Than 30 Men are in Franciscan Formation

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Brian is from Cuero, Texas; Giles comes from Mundelein, Illinois; while Joseph hails from Anaheim, California. The many men in Franciscan formation grew up in cities large and small throughout the USA and in some cases beyond. Their vocation stories are all fascinating and unique. At some point, God lit a spark inside of them and they began to understand that He was calling them to Franciscan life. Thus, their journey with the Order that St. Francis of Assisi founded more than 800 years ago in the Italian region of Umbria, began.

You can acquaint yourself with our men in formation through this poster that our vocation directors released this month. Friars John Bamman, Paul Gawlowski, Andy Martinez, Russell Governale, and Hans Flondor are the first contact for any man who hears a call from God to be a Franciscan friar. These five vocation directors are spread out across every region of the United States. They would be delighted to answer any questions you might have through this easy to fill-out contact form.

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The Franciscans in Milwaukee Have Been Inspiring a Family to Greater Faith for Three Generations

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Franciscan Friars Conventual form an integral part of the communities they call home. They actively serve the needs of their neighbors in whatever way they can. Kathy Glembin, a parishioner at the friars’ Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, reflected on this recently.

She pointed out that her Polish grandfather began her family’s relationship with the friars at the basilica. He walked to St. Josaphat for Mass every week. Over the ensuing generations, the Franciscans inspired Kathy’s family spiritually and helped several of its members realize that they too were called to be friars. Kathy’s uncles Roman and Seraphin as well as cousin Gabriel all became Franciscan Friars Conventual.

The friars have also heard Kathy and her son’s first confessions through which they encouraged them in their faith lives; they were with her mother during her final days on Earth; and every week they inspire Kathy and her family to stay strong and continue to reach out to the Lord.

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San Antonio's Posada Guadalupe is Taking Part in the Big Give

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On May 3, 2016, San Antonio, Texas will hold its third annual Big Give S.A. This city-wide program connects donors and supporters to various regional causes. It allows organizations that serve vulnerable people and generally make our world a better place to gain more much needed exposure.

One organization that is participating in this year’s Big Give S.A. is the Posada Guadalupe. Located at 4650 Eldridge Avenue, the posada welcomes young migrant men who have nowhere else to go and no one to turn to. Franciscan Friar Conventual Phillip Ley is its director. He and other supporters feed the migrants, provide them with shelter, and offer them emotional support. They also help them navigate the American legal system so that at the end of their stay at the posada their status in the United States is normalized.

If you would like to learn more about the Posada Guadalupe, you can visit its website here. The Big Give S.A. Posada Guadalupe webpage meanwhile is available at this location.

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Pilgrimage Will Help Young People Reflect on The Meaning of God’s Mercy

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Friar Tom Czeck is the Franciscan Conventual pastor of Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley, California. He is greatly inspired by Pope Francis and the current Year of Mercy that the Holy Father decreed to take place from December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016.

Friar Tom’s Our Lady of Grace Parish is holding a number of events as a part of its Year of Mercy celebrations. One that Friar Tom is currently organizing is the Summer Youth Pilgrimage. It is set for August 2, 2016 and will last two days. Friar Tom and the rest of his faith community are still working out a destination for the pilgrimage along with other details. They want this spiritual event to bring the young pilgrims that take part in it to a place where they will feel God’s love for them as well as better understand his Mercy.

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