The theme for this issue is the Holy Spirit. Why the Focus on the Holy Spirit? With the shutdown because of COVID-19, our celebration of the feast of Pentecost 2020 was very much limited. Similarly, the celebration of the sacrament of Confirmation in our parishes had to be postponed. Consequently, there was not the liturgical opportunity to joyfully reflect on this glorious blessing: the gift of the Holy Spirit to each of us. Clearly, the Spirit of God within is an awesome reality worthy of our reflection.
A Few Words from the Minister After months of lockdown, we now see the Confederation Bridge open to our Atlantic Canadian family members and friends, while Islanders venture off the Island to visit family and friends in other parts of our region. The first weekend of July sees churches across PEI opening their doors to worshippers, although to a maximum of only 50 persons. Slowly our communities are experiencing a cautious re-awakening... read more
Formation: Jesus our Centre When Francis became aware that he was made in God’s image and that God loved him to the core, his life was transformed. God’s love changed everything. This love included embracing the darker parts of himself - the belief that God loved him even with his flaws was empowering for Francis... ...read more from the full newsletter
Passing: Stan Lemieux, ofs It is with great sorrow to inform you passing away our dear brother Stan Lemieux on June 14th. at the age of 104 years. Our brother Stan had spent 83 years of it as a faithful member of St. Patrick fraternity. Professed in May 1937; that's 83 years as a Secular Franciscan.
On May 29, 2020, St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity marked the 25th anniversary of permanent profession of Edwena Arbuckle (Brother Leo Fraternity), Gerry and Martha Gabriel, Sherrill and George Guimond (Blessed Fr. Frederic Fraternity), all of whom had made the permanent profession committment while members of this fraternity. To mark their silver jubilee, all five of these Secular Franciscans renewed their profession in the Secular Francscan Order as part of a special Zoom meeting. In front are formators Marion Clorey and Claudia Batchilder.