There’s Something about Francis

Two articles popped into my Facebook news feed yesterday, both on the search for the authentic St. Francis: a The New Yorker article, Looking for St. Francis, about a display in New York of the few documents in Francis’s own hand, and “Early Celano Umbrian Legend Discovered.” The second...

Answering Your Questions

One of the most popular columns in St. Anthony Messenger since 1915 is “Ask a Franciscan.” It’s always been written by a friar, and has always been a pastoral outreach from the Franciscans to you. It started as “The Wise Man’s Corner,” and was akin to other magazines’ advice columns. The...

Francis the Writer

Many people are surprised to hear that St. Francis of Assisi left behind a fair body of writing—55 texts in the excellent volume Francis of Assisi: Early Documents, Vol. 1, The Saint, edited by Regis Armstrong, OFM Cap., Wayne Hellman, OFM Conv., and William Short, OFM. Francis had enough formal education...

A Living Church

The Friars Minor staff 50 shrines in Israel, the Palestinian Territory, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Cyprus, and Egypt. They staff or help sponsor 16 schools with approximately 10,000 students of various religions. Friar parishes are in Akko, Beit Hanina, Bethany, Bethlehem, Cana, Jaffa, Jericho, Jerusalem (St....

Peace and Good!

Things have been bustling in the St. Anthony Messenger editorial offices for the past few weeks. No, it’s not the usual panic, getting 60 pages planned, created, finished, and off to the printer. It’s the bustle of Franciscan Editor Patrick McCloskey, OFM, and his new book Peace and Good, a...

Can You Legislate Immorality?

The city of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (the “Venice of America”), has made headlines over its arrest of 90-year-old Arnold Abbott, a chef whose crime is feeding the hungry. Mayor Jack Seiler has defended the city’s policy, saying, “It’s a public safety issue. It’s a public health...

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