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Profession Mass at St. Bonaventure Fraternity

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Brothers and Sisters,

On behalf of the St. Bonaventure Secular Fraternity you and your fraternity are invited to a Profession Mass. The mass is at 1:30pm at the Solanus Casey Center St. Bonaventure Chapel. Following mass is dinner and fellowship in the dining room. We have 3 candidates that will be professed: Susan Ayoub, Gerry Borycz and Paula Jerzy.

Solanus Casey Center – 1780 Mt. Elliott, Detroit 48207
Please contact Eileen Smith OFS at St. Bonaventure Fraternity with any questions.

Franciscan Ministries Annual Appeal

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Read about what is needed by the poor right here in our region–and how you can help!                                                                                             CLICK HERE.

Registration for Formation Day 2019

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Formation Day this year will be held on Saturday, October 26th at the Center for Ministry in Saginaw, Michigan. See your Minister for a Registration form or download one HERE that you can print, fill out and mail in.

Call for JPIC Award Nominations

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It’s time to submit your JPIC Award nomination for 2019!

Nominations are open only to members of the worldwide Franciscan Family. This means that your nominee may be a Friar or a Brother, a Poor Clare, a 3rd Order Regular Sister, a 3rd Order Secular Franciscan, or an Ecumenical Franciscan. Nominees may be Clergy or Laity.

Click HERE for a nomination form.

Please email the completed forms to Carolyn at: ctownes26 @ gmail.com.

Please put JPIC AWARD in the subject line as some emails mysteriously take a walk on the Spam side. Carolyn will email you an acknowledgement of receipt of your form.

THE DEADLINE FOR ALL NOMINATIONS IS MONDAY, JULY 15, 2019. This is the first call for nominations.

St. Joseph Fraternity in Ann Arbor is Planning a Day of Recollection

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St Joseph Fraternity Day of Recollection
Saturday, May 11th 2019 at St Louis Center, 16195 W. Old US Hwy 12, Chelsea.
Theme: Br. Loren will talk about the gaze of God based on this book:

The Gaze of Mercy: A Commentary on Divine and Human Mercy
By Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM CAP

Time: 9.30am – 3pm, Session begins promptly at 10 am.
Bring your own lunch and beverage, potluck breakfast.

Please Contact Eleanor or Bob Brundage with RSVP by May 6th, 2019 with a fraternity count if possible.

From Divine Mercy Region’s Spiritual Assistant Program

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The Spiritual Assistant Training Program is begun for the new participants. We are pleased to announce that there are currently three trainees enrolled in our program . They are Kim Spaniola, OFS – Troubadours of St. Clare, Laura Sapien, OFS – St. Bonaventure, Detroit and Br. George Kooan, OFM Cap – St. Joseph Province.

In addition to our participants, the first orders has expressed an interest in our program. In the next three years we will have several Friars from different Provinces, that are bonded to Divine Mercy Region, joining us to help teach our weekends. This will also provide us the opportunity to learn more about their Order.

We still have several Fraternities that are without a Spiritual Assistant. However with your help we can fill those vacancies. If you are, or know someone that has been professed two years or more, and would be interested in becoming a Spiritual Assistant, the program is still taking applications until the end of June. To apply please contact Linda Solis, Administrator, Spiritual Assistant Training Program at lsolisofs@gmail.com

We ask that you keep our participants, our team and our program in your prayers as we journey together over the next three years.

Ideas for Attracting New Members

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For a list of ideas for attracting new members, click HERE. The document is in PDF format.