Since 2017 the Franciscan Focus website has been maintained by primarily one person. As of December 31, 2020 the current website administrator will no longer be able to continue this important work. The website helps to keep our Region connected and informed on the happenings in Regional Fraternity of Eastern Canada. This work could ideally be done in a team arrangement where the team would have various responsibilities..."many hands make light work".
Franciscan Focus – Website for the Regional Fraternity of Eastern Canada
Website Administrator – Job Description
The primary task is to maintain the website and regularly post material to keep the website active. Regular activity on a website keeps people returning seeking and finding new material. As well the website is the major news source for RFEC members.
Communications is such a critical need especially in these times of COVID. The website is an excellent tool to help keep us together.
For more specific information contact George Guimond, ofs, V. Min. Atlantic.
Your local minister will have the contact information.
Please join in welcoming the new council of Our Lady of Czestochova Fraternity in Montreal. This fraternity was established in 1953 in the Polish Parish of Our Lady of Czestochova on Gascon Avenue, Montreal. On October 4th, the Feast Day of St. Francis, they had a joyous Profession and Elective Chapter in their parish and were joined by their family members and Fr. Jozef Blaszak, OFM Conv, the Custos (similar to Provincial) of the The Canadian Custody of the Polish Friars Minor Conventual.
Their meetings are held in Polish with the support and guidance of Fr. Jan, their Spiritual Assistant, but 4 of the 5 members on Council also speak English. They are in need of our prayers and support.
I was very sad to learn of Bob's passing. He was very engaged in our Region for quite a few years... it seemed I was always writing to him when I was registering for a spiritual conference or elective chapter at Cacouna... I remember once when he made a fraternal visit on behalf of Region to our fraternity (St. Francis of Assisi) , and he did a lovely job interacting with our members. More recently, I have seen him at the monthly meetings of Blessed Father Frederic fraternity in Moncton ~ his thoughtful contributions to those fraternity discussions will be missed ~
Requiescat in pace, Bob. Shalom, Martha
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Martyred Iraqi priest, who had stayed at the Irish College in Rome, returned to his home country despite the dangers because he felt that "Without their pastor the flock would be lost".
Liz Briggs, who also lives there, is not well. Besides her severe dizziness, she now has heart problem was rushed to the hospital with heart attack. Is now home where she lives in her own
apartment at Northwood. She does not have a computer but loves to get a phone call and mail. (1 -902- 425-5478) Address: 2630 Gottingen St. Apt. 904, Halifax B3K 3C6
marriages. Some will be shattered and others will just manage to survive. But most of our homes will prevail this crisis courageously and it will make us closer to each other. It is crucial to understand how we see ourselves beyond the crisis. We may not have a detailed plan for it, but it is essential to have a vision about it. It is a bad idea to make long-term plans for life during a crisis and it is much more a worse thing to enter a crisis without a long-term vision about our survival. It is important to see far enough beyond the current crisis. Do we have a faith strong enough to see far enough beyond the crisis?
visibility. But it will do even more than that. It will break our windshield wipers – our traditional tools of problem-solving. Each crisis has a way of outmoding long-held practises and certitudes. Participating in the Holy Week liturgy exclusively via online streaming was not at all an option to many of us until a few weeks ago. Look where we are now today! It is the only option available to most of us unless you are a priest! A deep crisis can usher in new standards of social and spiritual practices. Do not be fooled! They are here to stay with full social acceptability. In the church world, online ministries are no longer seen as an add-on luxury of the rich congregations, they are now considered as an integral part of the front door entrance to any active community. It does mean that even those hesitant churches will now start considering adding online ministry services to their roster. But how can we change so fast? Are we flexible enough to accommodate such crazy changes? It seems so!
We cannot trust the momentary adrenaline rush that stems from shallow optimism, but we need the flexibility of hope. The real HOPE! It is a virtue that gives us the courage to prevail anything gracefully. As Christians, we know that we have our eyes fixed on the Resurrected one. His resurrection is the promise of our final triumph. He is our HOPE.
How deep is your Hope as we navigate this crisis?
Fraternity continues to meet during COVID-19 lockdown
Consecration to Mary in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
On Friday, May 1st, 2020, the Catholic Bishops of Canada will consecrate their individual dioceses or eparchies to Mary, Mother of the Church, seeking her protection during the Coronavirus pandemic, similar to what other Episcopal Conferences throughout the world have already done. Along with the Bishops, pastors, families, groups, individuals and other faith communities may likewise choose to join the consecration as part of the global effort to unite in faith and prayer in this most difficult time. ...Read More
To: Members of St. Francis of Assisi and Brother Leo Fraternities (and all fraternities in our Region)
Dear sisters and brothers,
Below is the link to a short youtube video that Marion and I have created in an effort to remain connected to the fraternity while in a period of self isolation. We are considering doing one of these weekly (for a few weeks) if it can be useful to others; let us know what you think. In the meantime, know that you are all in our thoughts and prayers. Wishing you peace and all that is good.
Doug and Marion - from Prince Edward Island
Fraternities, we would like to share any news you have, just email it to George or Sherrill Guimond or send to Contact Us, and send your photos.