Franciscan Examination of Consciousness

A sixfold reflection to meditate on Franciscan vocation: Three knots- interpersonal ‎ Poverty- how do I find right relations with things? Chastity- how do I find right relations with my body and respect the sacredness of others bodies? Obedience – how do I find right relations with God and the…

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A Brief Reflection on the Relationship between OEF & the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity

By Br. Elijah LeFevre The mission statement of the Joint Committee on Franciscan Unity is: “For the sake of creation, we are called to bear witness to the essential unity of the church, the Body of Christ, by working towards Franciscan unity in all of its expressions. We will achieve…

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New Formation Coordinators

We would like to announce the following appointments. Helen “Kiwi” Bathurst, John Michael Longworth, and Cyndi “Anjelika” Morse, have agreed to serve as the Formation Coordinators for the order. They will be contacting and meeting with the formation counselors in the coming weeks. Please pray for these new  servants as…

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A Message from the Council on the Attack in Orlando

The words are difficult to find to express our grief, sadness and loss for those killed and wounded in Orlando. We are heart broken and we stand with our LGBT sisters and brothers and straight allies in this terrible time. In our common home we need to feel safe and…

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Towards Words & Actions of Peace and Goodwill

FRANCISCAN ACTION NETWORK STANDS WITH MUSLIM BROTHERS AND SISTERS As Franciscan and Muslim leaders we join together in calling for an end to vitriolic hate speech, attitudes and actions against Muslims. We condemn acts of hatred and violence committed by any group against another. Zechariah 7:10 declares that the word…

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Addressing Racist Rhetoric in the U.S. Elections- Updated

The Servant Team of the Order of Ecumenical Franciscans is deeply concerned about certain directions that the present Presidential debates are taking. UPDATE: We are updating this letter originally  sent September 13, 2015.  Our concerns have not lessened.  The continued attacks by varied candidates running for President of the United…

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A Message from Co-Minister Shoshanah Kay

Sisters and Brothers, I write this from a hotel room in San Antonio as I watch with sadness the news rolling in as Paris explodes. I witness the cold power of violence, the dark power of fear. “Love one another” feels a feeble response. We take baby steps among friends,…

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Co-Minister Shoshanah Kay’s Address to OFS/NAFRA

You, Secular Franciscans, have thousands upon thousands upon thousands of members. We, Ecumenical Franciscans have tens upon tens. You are pushing 800 years old. We are barely 30 something. Measuring our years to your years, we are but kid-Franciscans. Measuring our size to your size, we are barely more than…

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Important Documents for Chapter/Convocation 2015

As we prepare to gather in St. Louis, MO from July 16-19 please review the following documents to prepare for the meeting. If you are able to save these documents on a tablet/laptop or print out a copy and bring it with you, this will dramatically save on the copying…

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