US Franciscans Speak Out Against Immigration Ban

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 1, 2017 “I was a stranger and you welcomed me.” (Matthew 25.35) The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide ranging group of citizens across the United States. As Franciscans, we are morally outraged by […]

CMSM and LCWR Joint Letter to Trump

On the eve of the inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States, the official organizations that represent the leadership of women and men religious—those sisters, brothers, and priests who belong to communities such as mine (the Franciscan friars as seen above)—released an open letter to the president-elect. The following is […]

Getting to Know Saint Junípero Serra, OFM [Video]

Within the next day, Pope Francis will celebrate the canonization mass of Fr. Junípero Serra, OFM, the Franciscan friar who founded the California missions in the 18th Century. Though many may have heard something about the controversy surrounding his cause for canonization, namely his alleged mistreatment of native peoples, few know much more if anything […]

First Installment of “Understanding Laudato Si” Available!

I’m happy to announce that the first episode of Understanding Laudato Si is now available online! In this first episode Daniel P. Horan, OFM introduces viewers to the three models or approaches to creation that have arisen over the course of Christian history. These different ways of interpreting sacred scripture and theology will help set the context […]

The Equivocal Sense of ‘Complementarity’

The term “complementarity” has been referenced frequently this week on social media and in traditional media as the Vatican hosts an international, interreligious conference bearing the title: “The Complementarity of Man and Woman: An International Colloquium.” The aim of the gathering, according to the conference’s website is “to examine and propose anew the beauty of […]

The Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis

Today is the Feast of St. Robert Bellarmine (d. 1621), the important Jesuit bishop and theologian. Or is it? With all respect to my Jesuit brothers and the universal church, for whom today is the memorial of St. Robert Bellarmine, the worldwide Franciscan family celebrates the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis each September […]