Brother Peter Dungey, OFH is a retired Priest from the Independent Sector Formally of St John the Divine.
Sister Catherine Levison, OFH says, "I am under the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and I am a community member of The Brothers and Sisters of Charity which was begun by a Franciscan Monk. Our community has a hermitage for the monastic members and they have a "domestic" branch that I am a member of. Our community wears a habit and a heart Tao.
I am a hermit, called to a hermit's life and have contact with people on the weekends.
I love contemplation, Christian meditation, prayer and Bible reading.
My life is defined by silence and solitude.
My beliefs follow the book, "The Cloud of Unknowing" and my faith is Bible based. I am strongly in favor of Christians from ALL walks of life becoming familiar with I Corinthians chapters one and three and Ephesians chapter four and learning to live as one body and one bride of Christ. We are not divided no more than Christ is divided."
Sister Rosemarie A. O'Malley, OFH writes. "Since the age of 13, I have dreamed and desired to serve our Lord. Life's circumstances prevented me from my calling at this early age. I deeply respect and honor the Franciscan way of life since I am a true humanitarian and have always demonstrated service to others throughout my entire life. I am a Veteran of the U.S. Navy; and also served as a flight attendant with Eastern Airlines. In addition, I have served in many volunteer roles. In January 2016, I begin my Master's program at Argosy University in Organizational Leadership; to be followed by my Ph.D. in the same field. My dissertation topic will be "Organizational Leadership within the Religious Life." I am a Cum Laude graduate in my AAS and BAS degree programs. Loving and caring for my fellow man is a driving force in my life; and allowing each and everyone a loving, caring touch in the most simplistic manner while exemplifying humility is how I have been called to serve. I am a parish member of St. John of the Cross Catholic Church in Vero Beach, FL where I am a member of the choir, Women's Guild, prayer shawl knitting member for ill members of our church, homeless ministry, Eucharistic Minister, as well as am highly involved in Evangelism to spread the word of our God to others. In addition, I am a member of the Military Moms Prayer Group in my community where we pray for all of our active military members. I desire to serve our Lord within the Order of Franciscan Hermits which undoubtedly would be an honor to be involved with a wonderful group of spiritual like-minded individuals."
"A music video of a skateboarding Franciscan, who spent 14 years living in Western Australia, received an Emmy at the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences on 7 November.The video, Salve Regina, produced by US-based Spirit Juice Studio, displays the finely honed skills of Franciscan Friar of the Immaculate, Gabriel Cortes, as he skates through the streets and countryside of Chicago, clothed in the flowing traditional robes of his Order."
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"Dear brothers,May the Lord give you peace!
In this letter we would like to inform you about a recent project which centres on the establishment of a new Pontifical Franciscan University in Rome…"
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"Some 20,000 people are expected to attend today’s beatification ceremony in the town of Chimbote of three Peruvian Martyrs, two Polish Franciscan friars and an Italian priest killed by guerillas in 1991....
Michał Tomaszek, Zbigniew Strzałkowski and Alessandro Dordi were killed by the guerrillas of Shining Path, Peru’s Maoist insurgency. They were targeted because of their pastoral work among the inhabitants of the Andes and the assistance they granted to those in need. In August 1991, the guerrillas escalated their violence against the Roman Catholic Church and announced that they would kill a priest every week in the Diocese of Chimbote. The first priest they picked out luckily escaped execution. On 9 August, they abducted two Polish friars from the church at the end of the evening's Eucharistic celebration. After a brief show trial, they were led out of the village and killed near the cemetery, along with the local mayor. On 25 August, they ambushed the car in which Father Alessandro Dordi was travelling to a church and executed him after he got out of the vehicle."
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"The Franciscan Kitchen in downtown Louisville serves lunch to 400 - 500 homeless and poor Mondays through Fridays. When asked what could be done to help, I was told they need blankets to ward off the cold, some to use in the shelters, some will not come in off the streets. William and I set about trying to collect 400 - 500 blankets. We currently have 187. Maybe you'd like to help but see blankets aren't cheap! Maybe you can just donate a little and your money will be pooled with others to buy more blankets. Any money donated will be used to buy more blankets."
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