Some really good news!!!!!!!!

I received a letter today from the secretary to His Eminence, Sean Cardinal O’Malley in response to my request that the Cardinal mention the Secular Franciscans when he speaks at the World Meeting of Families next September.

Here is what he said:

The Cardinal holds the Secular Franciscan vocation in high regard and is grateful for your dedication to this important ministry, which enriches the lives of many people.

As we look toward the events being planned for the World Meeting of Families this coming September, we will be happy to determine how the secular vocation can be included in
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Animator Notes - 2015 Lenten Edition

Greetings of peace, dear brothers and sisters!

I pray this finds you well and filled with the Lord’s peace on this Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes!

Well, it is that time again! Yes, Lent is one week away; and in preparation I wanted to send this out to give you time to pray and plan your Lenten activities. As our Holy Father Pope Francis says, lent is a time of grace and renewal. Lent is a wonderful opportunity to begin again!

Please use the links below to open and dowload the 2015 Lenten Edition of the Animator Notes with
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Hearts and Hands Across the Region -- Special World Meeting of Families Edition

Dear Brothers and Sisters, attached is a special edition of Hearts and Hands Across the Region. It deals with all we are doing to prepare for the World Meeting of Families and the Pope’s visit next September.

Safe and warm blessings to all as we get through this winter!

kate kleinert, ofs

Thoughts from your Regional Formation Director, February, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters

Greetings of love and peace to you!

Looking ahead to the season of Lent which will be upon us shortly, I think Chapter 6 in the text Franciscan Prayer, “The Heart Turned Toward God,” by Ilia Delio OSF, would be very appropriate for Ongoing Formation although it was not written specifically for lent. While I cannot physically include the whole content of this chapter, I would like to at least point out a few excerpts which can be used for discussion. If you already have the text, go for it. You may approach the chapter differently.
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Fr. Francis' Greetings


St. Katherine Drexel Regional Fraternity

Regional Spiritual Assistant

St. Francis of Assisi Friary

1901 Prior Road

Wilmington, Delaware 19809

tel: (302) 798-1454 fax: (302) 798-3360

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February, 2015

Dear Spiritual Children of St. Francis of Assisi, The Lord give you His peace! In a brief time from the end of the Christmas Season, the Church begins the solemn Lenten Journey that takes us from the Ashes of humility to the Palm and Olive Branches of praise, and
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Fr. Francis’ Reflections – February, 2015

February 2015

All-powerful God,

everlasting, just and good,

of ourselves we are nothing but poverty;

but grant, for your own sake,

that we may do what we know is your will,

and always desire what is pleasing to you…


(Conclusion of the Letter to the Entire Order)


Following are daily excerpts taken from various Franciscan writings. Daily meditative phrases from various sources.


His sermons were not vain and shallow but they were filled with the power of the Holy Spirit (Major
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