Be the Bridge

[The following is the text of a talk given by Kathleen Agosto, our regional JPIC Coordinator, at the SKD Region’s annual gathering on November 15, 2014]

Listen to the prayer of Francis on the CD The Geste of the Great King.

A plaintive prayer of a man in dire straits. Whereas initially, I was enamored of the Francis in Brother Sun, Sister Moon, with Donavon singing in the background as Francis romps through a field of flowers, later I came to love Mickey Rourke’s movie “Francesco” with multiple scenes of Francis cold and shivering in the rain, Francis hiding
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New Resource: Handbook for JPIC Animators

The Handbook for JPIC Animators, developed by the National JPIC Commission, is now available on the site. A link to the document has been added to the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) section of the menu on the right. Here’s a sample:

As Secular Franciscans, we commit ourselves to live the Gospel according to Franciscan spirituality in our secular state. We are called to make our own contribution, inspired by the person and message of our Seraphic Father Francis, towards a world in which the dignity of the human person, shared responsibility, and peace and love may be
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New Link: National JPIC Site

A link to the national JPIC website, which our sister and National JPIC Animatrix, Carolyn Townes OFS, put together, has been added to the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) section of the menu on the right.

San Damiano Fraternity Chapters of Election Results

In the name of Christ. Amen.

We are pleased to announce that the members of the newly-elected Council of San Damiano Fraternityare:

Teresa Carisio, OFS Minister Deacon Tommy Watts, OFS, Vice-Minister Justin Carisio, OFS, Formation Director Edyth Kurzweil, OFS, Secretary Pat Drake, OFS, Treasurer

Please be sure to keep them in your prayers.

Deacon Tommy Watts, OFS; Justin Carisio, OFS; Teresa Carisio, OFS; Pat Drake, OFS; Edyth Kurzwell, OFS; and Sr. Elise Betz, OSF

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CIOFS Electon Results

Peace to each of your hearts!

Through the kindness of our International Councillor, Mary Stronach, OFS, we have learned the results of the Chapter of Elections for our International Fraternity held in Assisi:

Our new General Minister is Tibor Kauser, OFS, from Hungary.

Our new Vice General Minister is Maria Consuelo De Nunez (Chelito), OFS, from Venezuela.

The remaining Councillors are:

Ana Fruk, OFS, from Croatia Ana Maria Raffo Laos, OFS, from Peru Attilio Galimberti, OFS, from Italy Michel Janian, OFS, from Lebanon Diana Silva Noemi, OFS, from Argentina Jenny Harrington, OFS, from South Africa Augustine Young Hak Yoon, OFS,
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XIVth General Chapter of the OFS

The Order’s General Chapter is now taking place through Saturday, November 8th.

The General Minister of the OFS (Secular Franciscan Order), Encarnita del Pozo, has officially opened the XIVth General Chapter of the OFS (its sixth elective Chapter), taking place in Assisi, Italy, until November 8.

The 85 voting members of the Chapter will discuss these coming days important aspects of the life of the Secular Franciscan Order and take decisions about its future. They will also elect the new leadership team of the OFS for the next six years.

You can follow the news on the CIOFS website here.

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JPIC News -- November 2014

It is November 1st and I have to set the clocks back tonight so as not to be late for Sunday Mass tomorrow. The cold is here now and, on one hand, I reckon that it is five months til spring. Not too bad. Five out of Twelve months of good weather. Not so bad because today I will make a pot of soup and get some good bread. Last night was Halloween. Nicole dressed the two dogs up as Tigger and Eyore from Winnie the Pooh. There are bags of Reese’s Peanut Butter hidden (from me) in the Fridge
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From the Heart of Your Minister - November, 2014












My dear sisters and brothers in Sts. Francis,

May God give to each of you peace of mind, heart, soul and spirit!

Of all of the prayers attributed to our Holy Father St. Francis, the one quoted above may be the most perfect of all because it provides us with a blueprint for a perfect life. This prayer
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Thoughts From Your Regional Formation Director - November, 2014

Dear Sisters and Brothers,

PEACE and good to you! I am on the mend and am grateful to each of you for your prayers and good wishes. Thanks so much.

I’d like to focus this month on St. Elizabeth of Hungary who, in her short life, manifested great love for the poor and suffering and has become the patroness of Catholic charities and of our Secular Franciscan Order (OFS). She was the daughter of the King of Hungary. Elizabeth chose a life of penance and asceticism in place of luxury.

She was married to Louis of Thuringia at the age
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Fr. Francis' Reflections - November, 2014

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,

Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing,

To you alone, Most High, do they belong, and no human is worthy to mention Your name.

Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun, … Sister Moon and the stars, …Brother Wind, …

Sister Water, … Brother Fire, … our Sister Mother Earth, …

Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love, …

Praised be you, my Lord,
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