Francis of Assisi (Still) in the Spotlight

This article originally appeared in the online edition of America magazine with the introduction by Fr. James Martin, SJ, that read: “We asked Daniel P. Horan, OFM, a Franciscan author, to respond to Joan Acocella’s long and substantive article in this week’s New Yorker on St. Francis of Assisi.  Ms. Acocella, a superb writer, looked at several books […]

Franciscan Celebration of Ordination in Newfoundland, Canada

I’m writing from beautiful St. John’s, Newfoundland in Canada, up here on the eastern-most point of North America (hence the delay in posts this week). After a day’s worth of travel (mostly in a lengthy Newark layover), I arrived to this warm-in-spirit, cool-in-weather island and was greeted at the airport by three of my Franciscan […]

One of the Best Books on St. Clare, Franciscan Life Today

Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, the current President of St. Bonaventure University and a well-respected Franciscan scholar, writes in her foreword to the English edition of The Poor Sisters of Saint Clare: Their Form of Life and Identity (Tau Publishing, 2010): “These pioneering contemplatives wish to promote a life for the third millennium that will adhere to […]

Blessed Feast of St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conv.

Here’s a lesser-known fact about Br. Dan Horan, OFM: my confirmation name is Maximilian, after St. Maximilian Kolbe, the Polish Franciscan who gave his life in Auschwitz that a young father might live. Today, August 14, is his feast day. His story is indeed one of great inspiration and spiritual edification. Although best known for […]

The Future of the Franciscans in the US Begins with ‘Fraternitas’

Monday 27 June 2011 One of the real great aspects of this month-long experience of retreat with friars from all over the United States, all of us preparing to profess our solemn vows in an increasingly short time, is the bond that is formed among us. Last night several of us, representing four provinces from […]