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March 2017 Newsletter

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The March Newsletter is HERE. This is the online version, which has some items omitted to protect personal contact information. If you need one of several registration forms mentioned in this newsletter, please see your local Fraternity Minister. All the registration forms have been sent to local Fraternity Ministers for local distribution.

Peace and All Good!

NAFRA’s New Ecumenical/Interfaith Chairperson is from Divine Mercy Region!

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Mike Carsten OFS has been appointed the chairperson of the NAFRA Ecumenical and Interfaith committee.

If you need any information or assistance, or if you are interested in working with Mike on these matters, please contact him. You can do so using the Contact Form at the Troubadours of St. Clare Fraternity website. Click HERE.

Resources and information about Ecumenical and Interfaith matters can be found on the National OFS Ecumenical/Interfaith Network website.

YouFra in Detroit: Documenting the Journey

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Mike Carsten OFS and the members of the Troubadours of St. Clare Fraternity in St. Clair Shores have been working to create a YouFra group in Detroit. To read about it, visit Mike’s blog, Chasing the Wild Goose: A Lay Franciscan’s Journal.

Free Video Series on Mercy by Fr. Dan Crosby OFM Cap.

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Are you looking for something that your fraternity can use for the Year of Mercy?  Or would you just like to see a great series on mercy from Fr. Dan Crosby OFM Cap.?

You can find this video series HERE, or you may obtain the videos on DVD for just the cost of shipping. See the link for more information.

From the Q…

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Jeannie Dery OFS, from St. Paschal Fraternity in Toledo, telling how she became a Secular Franciscan:


This video was made at the 2016 Quinquennial. To see more videos from the Q, go to:
Secular Franciscans on Youtube.

Service Opportunities

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We have a new area on our website! If you look up at the Menu Bar (above this post), you will see a new item on the Menu called Service.  There you will find all kinds of service opportunities in which you can participate.

If you would like volunteers for service opportunities that your fraternity does, please use the contact form HERE to send them to us and we’ll post them on our new Service  page.  (In your email, please include  “What,” “When,” and  “How” so volunteers can connect with your fraternity.)

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.