Latest Event Updates

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

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.

St. John Vianney Relic Tour

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Coming Soon!

To see more information, select “Of Interest” under “Events” on the menu bar above.^^^

Registration Form: Spring Gathering

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Local ministers have been sent the registration form for the Spring Gathering, to be held Saturday April 27th in Saginaw. To view or print an extra copy in PDF format, click HERE.

The 800th Anniversary of the Encounter between St. Francis and Sultan al-Malik al-Kāmil

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In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the encounter between St. Francis and the Sultan, the General Minister of the Friars Minor, Br. Michael Perry OFM, has sent us a letter. To read the letter, click HERE.

A Message From St. David Fraternity, Washington, MI

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Hello Brothers, and Sisters in Christ:

We, at Saint David Fraternity, are extremely excited to be sending this letter to all our surrounding OFS Fraternities! Saint David Fraternity in Washington, Michigan is requesting that we all come together at Saint Joseph Chapel and Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Pontiac (400 South Blvd. West, Pontiac, MI 48341) on March 25th for the Feast of the Annunciation for Mass and fellowship.

Click HERE to continue reading the message from St. David Fraternity…

Emmaus Road: One Day, One Story

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Full day workshop that includes lunch and childcare

Keynote Speaker: Francisco (Paco) Gavrilides from Sacred Heart Seminary
Other speakers during the day include David Seitz OFS

9:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast (in Parish Activity Center—PAC)
9:30 a.m. Children’s Workshop (drop off 9:15 a.m. in gym)
9:30 a.m. Childcare (ages 6 months to 3 yr. old) drop off in school Preschool classroom
10:00 a.m. Opening Prayer (PAC)
10:15 a.m. Keynote Speaker (PAC): Francisco (Paco) Gavrilides
11:30 a.m. Workshop Session A
12:30 p.m. Portable Lunch available until 2:00 p.m. (eat in or carry to next session)
1:00 p.m. Workshop Session B
2:15 p.m. Workshop Session C
3:30 p.m. Join us for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in church

Cost: Free with Registration
St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Ann Arbor, MI

Click HERE for more information.
Registration is necessary. Register HERE.

Statement from the 2018 National Chapter of the Secular Franciscan Order

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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.

Annual Report

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Each of the local ministers was sent a copy of the Annual Report Form. Click HERE for an extra copy.