Dear brothers and sisters in Francis and Clare,
Like many of you I was shocked to hear about the sex scandals in Pennsylvania involving its Catholic clergy. My first reaction was to tuck my head in and hide... but prayer and sober thought from the Holy Spirit nixed that idea. This is a time for us to stand up, speak out, and show we are Franciscans by our actions, not words.
The following article speaks to that eloquently. The article resonates deep within me. Still I cannot speak for everyone and I am aware that many of our members will find it hard to read this article, or understand their own role in promoting clericalism. The article provokes us to reconsider our role as baptized Christians and as professed Franciscans, because it does, it is a form of examination of conscience and I encourage all of you to read it.
- May the Peace of Christ and Francis, disturb you. - Michel David,ofs, Reg Minister
National Catholic Reporter by Thomas Rosica - Basilian Fr. Thomas Rosica is the founding CEO of the Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation and Television Network in Canada.
Ecology - Creation
Maureen Goodick of St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity in Cornwall, PEI, made her permanent profession earlier in January. She made her profession at the parish 4:00 pm Saturday Eucharistic celebration. Parishioners and Fraternity members enjoyed a reception afterwards in the church hall.
Witnessing the ceremony: Sr. Gemma, Spiritual Assistant, Maureen, Formation Director Martha Gabriel, Minister Doug Clorey, and Fr. John from St. Francis of Assisi Parish.
Members of St. Maximilian Kolbe and Immaculate Heart of Mary fraternities attend a Rosary Rally in the fall, 2017
The new Council members of Blessed Father Frederic Fraternity, with Spiritual Assistant Gerry Gabriel (far left)and Presider over the Chapter and Secretary of the Regional Fraternity, Debbie Richard (far right). Beginning with the second from left: Jim Fenwick, Minister; Gerry Hache, Secretary; Corinne Osborne, Vice Minister; Sherrill Guimond, Treasurer; and Nancy Hogan, Formation Director.
Read The November-December Newsletter from Immaculate Conception Fraternity in Montreal here.
From left to right: Normand Ruel, Minister; Gerald Whalen, Secretary; Kathryn Jane Whalen, Treasurer; Shirley Valiquette, Formation Director; and Shirley Leclair, Vice-Minister.
On October 14, 2017, in honour of the 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, our fraternity along with St Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Fraternity, Ottawa, joined parishioners in the area to pray the rosary along with other prayers one of which was a prayer of Consecration which was written by St Maximilian Maria Kolbe himself. Rosary makers of our fraternity made Canadian rosaries and handed them out at the rally.