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 […]

An American Elected as new Franciscan Minister General

After the Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor (the Franciscans), José Rodriguez Carballo, OFM, was named secretary of the Congregation for Religious, a new Minister General — the leader of the tens of thousands Franciscan friars worldwide and the successor to St. Francis of Assisi — needed to be elected to fill out the […]

Franciscans, Social Justice, and the Risk of Martyrdom in Mexico

A few days ago The New Yorker‘s Sarah Stillman wrote a blog post titled: “What We Want is the Head of the Friar.” It is a piece about a Franciscan friar named Tomás González Castillo, a man who has been running “a sanctuary for U.S.-bound migrants near the Guatemalan border, providing cots, meals, and a few days […]

“Franciscan Priesthood,” A New Publication Now Available

Check out this little publication, the most recent release by Daniel P. Horan, OFM, titled Franciscan Priesthood: The Possibility of Franciscan Presbyters According to the Rule and Tradition. It is a short booklet that offers a scholarly view of the relationship between the ecclesial identity of ordained ministers within the Roman Catholic Church and their vocation […]

Thomas Merton and the Feast of the Portiuncula

Today, August 2, is the Franciscan Feast of the Portiuncula, the “mother church” of the Franciscan Order. This little church in the valley outside the city of Assisi was one of the most important places for St. Francis during his own lifetime. In the early sources we read that this was the only place that the […]

Franciscan Friars Speak Out on Behalf of LCWR

Franciscan Leadership Declares Solidarity With Catholic Sisters American Provinces Release Letter to the LCWR   NEW YORK — June 7, 2012 — As follow-up to the recent Vatican assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the leaders of seven entities of Franciscan friars have released a letter to the Catholic sisters expressing their […]