A Visit to Remember

Earlier this year, our beloved friend from the US bishops’ conference, Mary Ann Walsh, RSM, passed away, a victim of cancer. Sister Mary Ann, the bishops’ media liaison, had produced commemorative books about Pope Benedict and Pope John Paul II over the years. Who would create such a book for Pope...

Love at the Heart of L’Arche

Today’s blog is from the book The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship by Jean Vanier. At L’Arche we discovered quite early the importance of the washing of the feet. It is especially important for us because the people we serve are living with a disability of some sort, and may not always...

Meeting God in the Middle

Today’s guest blogger is Nick Luken, a fourth-year student at The Ohio State University, majoring in English and minoring in professional writing. Nick graduated from Roger Bacon, a Franciscan high school in Cincinnati, in 2012. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve been told by...

Papal Visit in September

Pope Francis is coming in September. There’s lots of excitement and plans are now finalized for the most part. Today, Franciscan Media received an attractive mailing from the USCCB Communications Office describing all the preparations already made and asking the question: Are you ready? Catholic News...

The Pope on Capitol Hill–Part 1

Our guest blogger today is Daniel Imwalle, assistant editor of St. Anthony Messenger. When Pope Francis flies in to the United States in a few weeks, there will be an outpouring of excitement and a media frenzy surrounding this papal visit to a nation with close to 70 million Catholic citizens....

The Holy Words of St. Anthony

Near the end of his life, Anthony of Padua composed a collection of sermons or “sermon notes.” Having been an outstanding theology teacher and preacher for much of his life, Anthony wanted to help his Franciscan confreres in their preaching ministry. He wrote these so-called “sermon notes” for the...

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