This past weekend, we attended Sr. Veronica de Jesus Amaya’s first Profession of Religious Vows into her community of Capuchin Poor Clares (OSC Cap.). Held at Sacred Heart Oratory in Wilmington, DE, the beautiful ceremony included Veronica’s reception of the black veil, which replaces the while veil of the novice. The black veil symbolizes her … More Come now, my Love
The Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, here in Washington DC, hosted Friar Alessandro for an evening concert earlier this week. The humble friar from Assisi entertained us with a selection of sacred arias and the popular theme song from Brother Sun, Sister Moon.
Our network of Franciscans continues to grow. We visited the Poor Clare Monastery at Chesterfield, NJ and celebrated Mass, enjoyed lunch, and said mid-day prayer with the lovely sisters. The Poor Clares spend much of their time praying for us, the Franciscan family, and the rest of the world, so we are truly indebted to … More Poor Clares of Chesterfield, NJ
During our discernment of a vocation into religious life and our path within that vocation, such as whether or not one is called into the priesthood, God sometimes grants us a grace that serves to strengthen and embolden that very call. We were invited to attend the ordination into the priesthood of one of our … More Priestly Ordination
This past week, we spent a few days at a retreat/workshop at the Graymoor Spiritual Life Center in Garrison, NY. Graymoor is a former seminary run by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, a group of friars whose primary apostolate is ecumenicism. Originally founded in 1895 as part of the Episcopal Church, the Friars and … More Graymoor
Autumn is at its peak and the foliage ain the Washington DC area is bursting with color. Whenever I see so much natural beauty, I am reminded of St. Francis’s Canticle of the Creatures. “Most high, all powerful, all good Lord! All praise is Yours, all glory, all honor, and all blessing. To You, alone, Most High, … More Fall is here!