Our annual fraternity picnic will be on Sunday, September 17, 2016.
We are asking members and visitors to either bring a potluck dish, or side dish or a dessert. Unfortunately, there are no electrical outlets in the area so we will not be able to hook up crock-pots or warmers to heat up food. For those fraternity’s who are planning to once again join us this year, please contact our picnic coordinator, France Staudenmann, OFS, at: (301) 294-3085 or by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to make your reservations.
Formation Directors Weekend
October 6-8, 2017
- Communicating Christ to Others in the Spirit of Sts. Francis & Clare
- Loyola Retreat House on the Potomac
- 9270 Loyola Retreat Road
- Faulkner, Maryland 20632-0009
- (301) 392 – 0800
- For more information and Registration Form, click on the blue link:
- 2017 Registration Formation Directors Weekend
We must be ready to forgive – “We must be ready to forgive, to comfort and most of all to love. This is only accomplished by dying to ourselves. Life to Gospel means we are to conform our life to Jesus’ life. We are to turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile, suffer as He suffered, pray as He prayed, forgive as He forgave, love as he loved. To the Secular Franciscan these words are not only a motto or a beautiful ideal. The words signify our mission, our way of life, our vocation. It is supposed to be the mission and way of life for all who call themselves Christians. It isn’t easy or accomplished quickly. It is a life long work. That’s the purpose of our on going formation program.” – St. Francis Fraternity, Springfield, PA
The Goal of Prayer – “We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ; rather, it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. The goal of prayer, therefore, is to be transformed into the image of the crucified Spouse. This means we are to become vessels of God’s compassionate love for others.” ~ Ilia Delio, Franciscan Prayer
What tells us the Saint of Assisi today? “To me says that the only wealth that matters is the wisdom of God, Christ. Other riches are nothing without wisdom. Reminds everyone that life is a living expense and that goes not for oneself but for others. He, more than many, it was spent on the last. But we also, in our small way, we can do the same where we are called to stand. Maybe starting with small gestures, from small attention to who is next. It is not easy, because selfishness that is within each of us always pushes to have the upper.”
Roberto Pacilio – St. Francis of Assisi Newsletter, Assisi, Italy