Latest Event Updates

Management of the Order Survey 2016

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Management of the Order was one of the topics addressed at the CIOFS General Chapter in 2014. Work on defining this topic is currently in progress.

The international council has asked NAFRA to survey all members of the Order in the U.S. The survey can be taken online or you can fill it out on paper.

Please ask your local Fraternity Minister for a computer link to the survey, or alternately ask your local Fraternity Minister for a hard copy of the survey that you can fill out and return.

In order to count in the final results, the survey must be completed and returned by April 2nd.


St. Aloysius Parish Street Ministry

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Mike Carsten OFS is in charge of Neighborhood Services at St. Aloysius Parish in Detroit.  He’s also created a new way of serving the extreme poor called “Franciscan Ministries, Inc.”  This is now a registered non-profit organization serving the poor in Detroit and surrounding areas.   

The St. Aloysius website has a contact form where you can send Mike an email HERE.

Capuchin Ministry in Detroit

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The Capuchin Soup Kitchen also feeds the poor and provides clothing and blankets. The Capuchin Soup Kitchens website, where you can see what they do and make a donation, is HERE.

Sisters of Christian Love

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Although not part of the Secular Franciscan Order, working closely with them in Detroit is a new group of sisters, the Sisters of Christian Love. The founder is Sr. Judie Ann Ruggirello. They also care for the homeless and minister to children with cancer that live below the poverty level. For more information, you can go to their website HERE.

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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Christmas Cards and Fragrant Blessing Oils

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The Poor Clares in Saginaw have Christmas Cards and Fragrant Blessing Oils for you. Please visit their online store for more information.

These wonderful holy women will also pray for you and your loved ones if you put your prayer request here.

They’re also on Facebook and if you go there right now, you can scroll down to some pictures of the Secular Franciscans at their Formation Day in Saginaw October 31st. The sisters were with us there on Saturday morning.

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