Annual Ministers Meeting 2017

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Our Annual Ministers Meeting was held August 4-6 at St. Francis Retreat and Conference Center near Lansing, Michigan. During the meeting Mary Stronach OFS, Bob Stronach OFS, and Fr. Christopher Panagoplos TOR provided us with our Fraternal and Pastoral Visitations. Thanks to Bob, we have great photos to share with you here and in the upcoming newsletter.

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Secular Franciscan Midweek Retreat

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St. Bonaventure Fraternity in Detroit is hosting a Secular Franciscan Midweek Retreat, for both men and women, on October 2-4, 2017. The retreat theme is “Come and Rest in Me.” It will be held at the Capuchin Retreat Center, 62460 Mt. Vernon, Washington, MI 48094. To make a reservation for the retreat, call 284-651-4826. The suggested offering is $170, which includes a $50 deposit to confirm your registration.

Canonical Establishment Mass for Lumen Christi

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The Canonical Establishment Mass for Lumen Christi Fraternity will be held on September 10th at St. Vincent Palotti Parish in Wyandotte. Please see the invitation below for more details.

Extraordinary! Stories about Solanus Casey for Children (and Adults!)

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Information from the Solanus Casey Center in Detroit:

World Premier Screening
Sunday, July 16, 2017, 2:00 pm
AMC Star Southfield 20
25333 W. 12 Mile Road, Southfield

“Children as young as five and adults of all ages will enjoy the colorful, engaging film.The film features eleven different stories that introduce children to this humble priest’s spirituality and ministry. Each segment features a child who tells a fascinating and true story about Fr. Solanus. As the story unfolds, another child colors a large drawing that is eventually revealed to be a colorful illustration of the segment…”

Click HERE for more, including pictures of the stars of the film, a link to a radio interview, information about a drawing, a poster and other extraordinary things.

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From the Q…

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Jeannie Dery OFS, from St. Paschal Fraternity in Toledo, telling how she became a Secular Franciscan:


This video was made at the 2016 Quinquennial. To see more videos from the Q, go to:
Secular Franciscans on Youtube.

Formation Day 2015

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Formation Day 2015 was held last Saturday (October 31st) in Saginaw. There were about 60 people there to participate in our theme which was “Be the Joyful Face of Christ to All.” For more information, see the excellent article in the next newsletter by Michelle Bryk, our Regional Formation Minister.

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National Election Results

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The results are in. Our new national council is:
Minister = Jan Parker OFS
V. Minister = Mary Bittner OFS
Secretary = Mattie Ward OFS
Treasurer = Jerry Rousseau OFS
International Councilor = Mary Stronach OFS
Councilor = Mary Frances Charsky OFS
Councilor = Awilda Guadelupe OFS
Councilor = Joan Geiger OFS