Things You Say

A few weeks ago, some old friends rolled through town on their way to the Appalachian missions. You can see them in the featured image, left to right: Sister Pat Himmer, Sister Ann Redig, and Sister Marcan Freking—all Rochester Franciscans—accompanied by Glenmary Brother Dennis Craig. My wife, Cathy, and...

Remembering the Korean in Us

Back when diversity training was all the rage, I met a thirty-something Korean guy who told stories for a living, usually during compulsory corporate trainings. An American couple adopted him when he was 5, and he grew up in Minnesota. He returned to Korea in his twenties to find his birth mother, but was...

Walking the Talk

We are rightly wary of people who talk a good game, but whose actions go in a very different direction. Saints show us integrity—whether anyone   else is watching or not. Few people did that as wholeheartedly as Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (1813–1853), founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVdP) in...

Swimming: A Spiritual Workout

Today’s guest blogger is Tom Shumate.  He is the chief operating officer at Franciscan Media.  Tom and his wife, Carolyn, have six children and they live near Hamilton, Ohio. A number of years ago I started swimming as a means of exercise. In the beginning, during my swimming, I focused my mind on...

To Live as Francis Lived

I’ve started my official period of formation as a secular Franciscan. It always seems a bit complicated to explain this to people. I’m learning not to say, “Well, it’s like a religious order but you don’t live in community.” In fact it is a religious order, and it does...

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