Br. Bernard Bruno, OFH says, "I was born, raised and still live in Boise, Idaho. I live in a studio apartment that has been consecrated as my hermitage. I have been a hermit for 6 years and plan to make my life vows as an oblate of the OES and then continue serving the homeless in the Boise area."
Br. John Anderson, OFH - "My name is John Anderson, I have been married for 32 years and we have 8 children and 9 grandchildren. I consider myself an ecumenical Catholic. I have always had a love of St. Francis, at first because of his love of animals then as I came to know him, for his devotion to Christ.
Being a member of the Order of Franciscan Hermits I feel that I have found my spiritual family.
Thank you for welcoming me into your order. "
Brother Peter Dion, OFH, is from Sarawak in East Malaysia and he says, "My nickname is Peter Kopper. I joined the Order of Franciscan Hermits on 21st October, 2017. In 2002, I read the book about the Great Saint Francis of Assisi. I was influenced by Franciscan Humility, Peace and Joy, as well as the VOWS : Chastity, Poverty and Obedience. He was helpful to the poor and needy, and showed Love and Mercy towards all the poor and rich. Peace towards all people, the World and Nature, etc. I am married today and I still Love the Franciscan Way of Life. Since I was 9 years old, I've loved to pray in silence in my bedroom, the garden, workplace or everywhere. In my heart I pray for myself, my family members, all people in world, the sick, children, patients at home or in the hospital, emergencies, people possessed by evil spirits, the scared, etc. Many people ask me for my prayers. Now I have found that the Order of Franciscan Hermits is good and suitable for me. My Active Activities in my Village include - C.C Parish Catholic Church. 1). Catholic Charismatic Renewal @ CCR - Year 1986 - to today 2). Catholic Youth Movement - 2002 - 2006. 3). Divine Mercy Apostolate @ DMA 2013 - to today (as the Chairman). 4). Order of Franciscan Hermits - 21st October, 2017. I am from Sarawak of East Malaysia. Sarawak is mostly Catholic and other Christians. Many tourists come to Sarawak every year. Now I am 50 with a wife and a Special Son. I Love God through his people. Pax Et Bonum."
Br. Francis Pio of the Crucified Jesus, OFH lives in Canada and says, "My name is Domenic Multari Ofs and I joined Ofs in 1997."
Sr. Jeanne Rabe Tysinger, OHF, Grew up in Virginia, USA. Educated to be a teacher of persons with special needs. Married and had two children. The second, seriously ill,, passed in 1989.. She was baptized Catholic in 1952 and attended mass regularly until her faith was emotionally challenged in her youth. An overwhelming spiritual experience has led Sr. Jeanne back to accepting Jesus Christ, in Whole Body, as Our Redeemer. St. Francis, and many other saints were her reason for seeking a contemplative prayer as a model for sanctification.
Br. Robert Villamor, OFH says, "Born in Manila, Philippines to a staunchly Catholic family, I was educated by the Brothers of the Christian Schools, the Augustinians and the Dominicans. After spending some time as a pre-novice with the Dominicans, I eventually took up Psychology and Medicine. However, God had different plans for me and I wound up eventually doing work for the international humanitarian community in various places worldwide. I fell away from the Church for a couple of years, but through God’s grace, found my way back.
St. Francis’ great love for God manifested through his love for all of creation, along with the balanced contemplative lifestyle espoused by St. Benedict in his Rule and the assiduous and methodical Dominican approach towards explaining the Catholic faith, have all defined me as a Catholic Christian. I find the melding of the contemplative life amid living in the world via the Franciscan charism in the OFH to be a good balance between my spiritual and secular life.
Sr. Victoria Pendleton, OFH says, "A little about myself... I was born and raised a Catholic in England. Graduated from an all girls Catholic school. I did fall away from the church for a while but returned home to the Catholic faith eventually. I moved to the US, living in Alaska for ten years then moving on to sunny Arizona...which is my current residence :) I have a deep love and respect for Saint Francis and Saint Clare. I was initially drawn to St Francis because of his love of animals, but then discovered there was so much more to him than just that...his charity, humility, love, peace, simplicity and compassion."
My Dear Brother and Sister Associates and Members of the Order of Franciscan Hermits... HAPPY FEAST DAY!
St. Francis died on October 3, 1226, but we celebrate his Feast Day liturgically each year on October 4th. I am FILLED with the emotions of JOY and LOVE for him and I'm grateful for the example he gave us, but more especially this year, because YOU are part of our Franciscan Family!!!
You are such a WONDERFUL group of people who truly care about one another. We pray each day for our family and friends and share our struggles, sadness and JOY with one another and have come a long way to learn to focus on what UNITES us as Franciscans and Christians, rather than on what Divides us. Through this, we have not only learned about living the "Greatest Commandment... To LOVE... God... our Neighbors... Ourselves... Our Enemies," but have also witnessed Miracles in the lives of many people we have prayed for each day.
THANK YOU LORD for Hearing Our Prayers!
We have grown to 1,505 Associates and Members in over 37 Countries worldwide since our official start 15 months ago. That is an AMAZING accomplishment and is certainly a visible sign of the Holy Spirit working within our Community. Let us continue to pray for all of those who need our prayers and let us be living examples of Christ's LOVE to them, just as Francis was.
Each day we should spend some time enriching our Spiritual Lives by studying our Franciscan History, various prayer techniques and learning about the lives of the Saints as Ongoing Formation. A great place to start is our OFH Formation page at: http://Formation.FranciscanHermits.org. There you will find many inspiring books, videos, and articles.
I encourage you to "Meet Our Members" by visiting our OFH Directory. (Note: Associates are only listed in our Facebook Group). Perhaps there is someone who lives in your area that you would like to get to know and meet someday. Because we are so spread out, the web seems to be the most practical (and affordable) solution right now, but if you're interesting having a local fraternity, I encourage you to tell your friends in your church or Diocese about the OFH and invite them to Join Us (http://JoinUs.FranciscanHermits.org). From there you're welcome to meet one another either 1-on-1 or as a group, but this is NOT mandatory.
Will you join me in the "Peace Prayer" in honor of St. Francis, praying for World Peace?
Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
Where there is sadness, joy.
O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
To be consoled as to console,
To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love;
For it is in giving that we receive;
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
It is in dying to self that we are born to eternal life."
Pax et Bonum Dear Brothers and Sisters... PEACE and GOODNESS...
Founder and Guardian of the Order of Franciscan Hermits.
Br. Daniel Klementy, SFESR, OFH says, "My Hermitage is named after Blessed Jacopa de' Settesoli. I am a priest and semi-hermit monk in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Augsburg Confession, and I'm originally from Russia. I've lived in the Holy Land (Israel) for 10 years. Our Church has Apostolic Succession from the Old Catholic Church of Portugal (Sua Eminentia Mons. Antonio Jose de Raposa, Archbishop of Mafra). I was born 15.11.1975 in Chisinau MSSR. In 1991, I immigrated to Israel. 1996-1998 - Institute of RCC Retisbonsky. 1995-2006, I worked in a psycho-geriatric hospice in palliative medicine as a nurse. In 2006, I entered the Ecumenical Fraternity of St. Francis (SFES). From 2006 - 2009, I was a translator in the study of the Pontificate of the Holy Father Pius XII + (dix Pacelli) Sister Margaret Marchionne, PhD, as well as writing for the site of the Vicariate of St. Jacob the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem. 2006-2013 I served as assistant rector of the Church of Holy Saint Stephen. 2012 - received a private consecration in the monastic life and in 2014 was ordained a deacon and then a priest ELC for the Ecumenical Fraternity of St. Francis in the Holy Land and the Parish of Blessed Yakkoppy de Settesolli. As a monk in the world, I live a life of prayer and I'm open to receiving prayer requests."
Br. Albert Cioffoletti, OFH says, "I am a 'retired registered nurse' with advanced degrees in (MA) Religious Studies from St. Joseph College-Seminary, Yonkers, NY. Born & raised in the Roman Catholic tradition; I am an active member of Blessed Sacrament Church, New Rochelle, NY. I have been a 'son' of Saint France since High School (joined the SFO 1957; later entered the Franciscan Brothers of the Poor (CFP) as a novice 1968). Returned to 'secular life' in 1968 and entered the 'nursing field' to use my talents is 'caring for the sick' ... recently have become interested in the Franciscan Hermit religious concept."