Seneca Nation Pow Wow

This past weekend, my Postulant brothers and I went to the Seneca Nation’s Pow Wow ( in Salamanca, NY. This was a wonderful celebration of Native American culture, including dance, music, food, and costumes. I always enjoy experiencing events that help to open our eyes to the cultures and rituals of other people. I was … More Seneca Nation Pow Wow

A New Canticle

Today, I heard a wonderful new prayer – one of the most beautiful I have heard in a very long time. This prayer, written by Sr. María Laura Fernández, a postulant with the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, was graciously shared by her during a formation round-table with Fr. Jack Rathschmidt, OFM Capuchin. As Maria’s … More A New Canticle


The summer program here at the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure is chugging right along. My Postulant brothers and I are enjoying our courses in Franciscan history and the early sources, as well as our interactions with members of various Franciscan communities, such as the Poor Clares, Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, Sisters of St. Francis of … More Fireworks