An Advent Reflection with Kelly Wahlquist

I love the season of Advent. I like the colors, the smells, the rituals, all the good things that come with it. And at the end, we get to celebrate the birth of Jesus. With all the festivities and commitments attached to the season of Advent and Christmas I often forget that this is the beginning of a new...

Size Doesn’t Matter, Really

Our guest blogger today is Jim Van Vurst, OFM, co-author of the free e-newsletter A Friar’s E-spirations. To learn more, click here. In our society, it seems that everything has to be bigger or the greatest. “More is more,” as they say. But the truth is this: size is not really that important. If...

Franciscan Ministry Gives Back to Cincinnati

A ministry of St. John the Baptist Province, OFM, St. Francis Seraph Ministries serves those in need in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati, Ohio. From their website: “We believe every member of the Over-the-Rhine community has the right to enjoy the benefits of good health, prosperity,...

Franciscan Corner: Where the Friars Meet the People

In the mid-1800s, Bishop Purcell recruited Franciscans from the Tyrol region of Austria to come to Cincinnati to serve. They brought their journalism with them. The friars worked for a German-language Catholic newspaper, and then published their own magazine, St. Franziskus Bote. In June 1893 came...

Saint Francis and the Power of Prayer

Our lives are so easily fragmented between responsibilities to friends, family, employers, neighbors, and the larger human family that we may think we don’t have the time or energy for prayer. That was the experience of Francis of Assisi up until his mid-twenties. Then he discovered that prayer was...

Franciscans Reach Out to Detroit’s Downtrodden

St. Aloysius Community Center had its beginning with the arrival of the Franciscan friars of St. John the Baptist Province in 1992. Encouraged by Archbishop Vigneron, the Friars are dedicated to following Jesus by living and working among the poor through the community of St. Aloysius Parish. We are situated...

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