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A Franciscan Prayer as We Face Coronavirus

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Dear Father, Almighty Healer and Physician, we bring our fears, anxiety and petitions to you during this outbreak of coronavirus. Please restore our inner peace so that we can be a shining light to those stuck in the darkness.

And let us pray for:

+ All those who have the virus and fear the outcome, may they find their peace in you.

+ All the medical staff who cannot work from home but need to be in the ‘trenches’ taking care of the sick, may they have the stamina and good health to continue to serve.

+ For all the working parents who are suddenly faced with their childrens’ schools being closed. Help them to find a solution that does not impact their earnings too greatly.

+ For all those who are worried, please grant them the peace to get through this time.

+ For all those working extra hours to provide more test kits, masks and sanitizer, shower them with the ability to keep up their difficult schedule.

+ And for all the rest of us, please help us make good decisions about where we go and when to stay home, what supplies we buy and how much/many, and most especially keep us calm and filled with Your grace so that we are able to reach out to others in need.

We ask these things through the Sacred Heart of Your Son, Jesus.
May we be open to Your Ministering to us so that we are equipped to minister to others.

Amen.

Franciscan Peace amid the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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“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

Minister’s Letter with Letter from Minister General – Coronavirus

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Click HERE to see the letter by Jan Parker OFS, our National Minister.

The letter from our General Minister, Tibor Kauser OFS, is available in English and Spanish.

Nominations are Open for the CIOFS Presidency Council

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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.)

Exclusive Preview Screening

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There will be an exclusive preview screening of the film, PFAS Film Documentary: “No Defense, The U.S. Military’s War On Water” at 7PM on February 19, 2020, Ann Arbor, Michigan. The screening will be at the Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty Street in Ann Arbor. Complimentary tickets can be reserved HERE.

Secular Franciscan Seminars

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Both St. Francis University and St. Bonaventure University have finalized their programs for this summer. There is one seminar at each one specifically for Secular Franciscans. There are some additional online seminars from St. Bonaventure University.

See more information about them HERE.

A Study Guide for Laudato Si

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A study guide for Laudato Si has been added to this website. To see it, go HERE. To read the letter from Tibor Kauser OFS about this study guide, click HERE.

There is also a video series for Laudato Si by Fr. Dan Horan OFM on this site. To see it, go HERE.

Progress Report from our General Minister about the Well4Africa Project

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From Tibor Kauser OFS, Our General Minister

“One and a half years have passed since the 3rd European OFS and YouFra Congress, which took place in Lithuania 20-26 of August, 2018. As a special fruit of the Congress a particular social initiative was born called “Well4Africa.” Since the lack of potable water in Africa is one of the major challenges for this continent, the participants of the Congress have decided to launch this project to help our sisters and brothers in Africa have wells in their neighborhood…”

Continue reading HERE and HERE.

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 on November 17, 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.