Fr. Cano is the General Minister of the Third Order Regular.
“Uncertainty of the coronavirus can play into our anxiety because it threatens our brain’s sense of security. Our sense of safety and the expectations of our safety, and our world is threatened. It’s important to guard against irrational thoughts. Society is so great at “catastrophizing” which is thinking the worst possible outcome will happen.”
“If you catch yourself falling into these fears, remember to keep up with the current information, but don’t overload. Look for balance, activities that spark joy instead of fear and keep washing your hands! As Franciscans we look to the peace of the Lord that was promised us! It is a gift that no one else can give to you. Peace is a gift before it becomes a task. Saint Bonaventure recalls, “At the beginning and end of every sermon Francis announced peace; in every greeting, he wished for peace.” Peace is not an idea. Peace is not a political movement, not a theory or a dogma. Peace is a way of life: living mindfully in the present moment.”
“So keep informed, keep yourself safe and above all keep praying and may the peace of the Lord that surpasses all understanding be yours. Pax et Bonum!”
Kelly Otero, OFS
Kelly Otero OFS, is Minister of St. Maximilian Kolbe Fraternity, DeBary, Florida, and a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
CIOFS is preparing for the General Elective Chapter in November 2020 and current is accepting nominations for the CIOFS Presidency Council. Nominations need to be made through the National Minister. The deadline to submit to the Secretariat is March 15, 2020. The NEC would appreciate receiving nominations by March 10, 2020 so there is time to review and complete the profiles.
Before nominating a person, please consider the information attached HERE.
If you have a nomination you’d like to make, please contact your Fraternity Minister by March 10th, so your nomination can be sent in using the proper email addresses. (Local Fraternity Ministers, check your email because the proper email addresses for submitting nominations were sent to you via email by the Regional Secretary on February 28th.)
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We ask that you keep our participants, our team and our program in your prayers as we journey together over the next three years.
We, the members of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order – USA, gathered for our annual Chapter at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel in Missouri, October 9-14, 2018. Approximately 90 leaders and observers were present, representing over 12,000 members throughout the United States, including Guam.
The recent Grand Jury report in Pennsylvania is a cause of sorrow, pain and agonizing self-scrutiny for the Catholic Church in the United States. We recognize the tragic reality of sinful abuse perpetrated on the most vulnerable. It deeply saddens all of us. We stand firm and make no excuses. The brothers and sisters of the Secular Franciscan Order extend mercy and compassion to the victims of abuse and to their abusers. Trusting in God who allows the good seed and the weeds to grow together (Mt. 13: 24-30), we pray for healing, forgiveness, reconciliation and peace.
More than 800 years ago, our Lord asked St. Francis of Assisi to “rebuild my Church which is falling into ruin.” Francis accomplished this by living a life of penance and sacrifice according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. As followers of St. Francis, we commit ourselves to do the same. We call the members of our Order and invite all people of faith to be vigilant for the sake of the vulnerable and to foster strong relationships throughout the Body of Christ. We support the clergy and religious who serve Christ Jesus and His Church. Let us go forth in the Light of Christ to rebuild our Church, that it may be renewed as a beacon of hope and safe refuge, grace and truth.