Secular Franciscan National Bulletin of the Secular Franciscan Order in Canada September 2022
National Minister, Pax et Bonum! As we begin a new chapter in the life of the National Fraternity of Canada, we thank our Good Lord for all the blessings of sustaining our Franciscan family through the pandemic and all difficulties associated with it. The remarkable work by members of the former national council under these circumstances reflect true dedication to serving the brothers and sisters, for which we are very grateful. In the mix, we have had many brothers and sisters from all Regions who also volunteered their talents and time through their participation on committees, commission, communication and work teams. On behalf of our Secular Franciscan family, we thank you immensely.
As your new National Minister, I come as one who serves, hoping to make a positive difference in the Secular Franciscan Order of Canada. My early days as a Secular Franciscan germinated in Vancouver, BC, 20 years ago. Throughout these years I found myself serving in a variety of roles in my local fraternity as a minister, formation director and designate interim spiritual assistant. My involvement in serving the Church community extended to other various ministries, in Faith formation of youth, spiritual animation of young adults, discipleship training of adults and development of Faith communities.
My lifelong career in general and psychiatric nursing involved teaching, leadership roles, human resource and project management; all of which I would put at the service of the Secular Franciscan Order and my Parish community. I have always been inspired by St. Francis’ great love of Scripture, active living of the Gospel and radical joy. These values I would aspire to live up to. Through participating in leadership roles both at the regional and national level, as Vice-Minister of BC Coastal fraternities, and as National Formation Director for two terms; provided insights on the challenges some local and regional fraternities encountered. Through this multidimensional view, one could foresee potential opportunities for development and growth. Seeing recent new national initiatives introduced and bear fruit through the collective efforts of Secular Franciscans, I have no doubt that we have the capacity to collectively renew and refresh the presence of the OFS in Canada, when we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and work as one family. The Secular Franciscan vocation is a gift given to us to share with the world around us. Let us be good stewards and generous distributors of sharing this gift with others.
As the national council organizes various orientations, communication will go out to all the regions on specific teams. Please consider volunteering and discuss with your regional council, any interest you may have in participating.