Holy Cross Retreat Center in conjunction with CAFé (Comunidades de Acción y Fe) hosted a prayer service to celebrate the canonization of Archbishop Oscar Romero. On Sunday evening, October 14th, 30 people gathered in the Chapel for a bilingual celebration of his commitment to the poor and victims of injustice.
SER IGLESIA: alzar la voz con los pobres
“Una Iglesia que no se une a los pobres, a fin de hablar desde el lado de los pobres, en contra de las injusticias que se cometen con ellos, no es la verdadera Iglesia de Jesucristo.” —Santo Oscar Romero
Being Church: Speaking Out With the Poor
“A Church that does not join the poor in order to speak out from the side of the poor against the injustices committed against them is not the true Church of Jesus Christ.” —Saint Oscar Romero
Today the Church celebrates the canonization of seven new saints, including Pope St. Paul VI and St. Oscar Romero, the Salvadoran Archbishop who was assassinated by the military while celebrating Mass in 1980.
Archbishop Romero is revered as a voice for the poor, the powerless, and those on the margins, the very people Jesus lived with and reached out to, as Pope Francis continually reminds us. He is an inspiration to the Conventual Franciscan Friars who work in Central America, along the US-Mexico border, and with those who have come to the US searching for freedom and better lives for their families.
Let us now ask for St. Oscar’s intercession as we pray for the grace and courage to follow Jesus in the footsteps of St. Francis, the Little Poor Man of Assisi who strove to live fully the Gospel Life.
Each one of you has to be God’s microphone. Each one of you has to be a messenger, a prophet. The church will always exist as long as there is someone who has been baptized…Where is your baptism? You are baptized in your professions, in the fields of workers, in the market. Wherever there is someone who has been baptized, that is where the church is. There is a prophet there. Let us not hide the talent that God gave us on the day of our baptism and let us truly live the beauty and responsibility of being a prophetic people.
Let us cry out therefore: O what a glorious saint he is! His disciple saw his soul ascending into heaven: beautiful as the moon, bright as the sun, glowing brilliantly as it ascended upon a white cloud!
(Brother Thomas of Celano)
Peace and all good on our great feast,
the Conventual Franciscan Friars
Province of Our Lady of Consolation
It is in the month of October that we Franciscans celebrate the feast of our founder, St. Francis of Assisi (Oct. 4th). On the evening before his feast day, we commemorate his transition from this earthly life to eternal life in a beautiful and moving ceremony called, Transitus (Oct. 3rd).
In one of his most famous writings, The Canticle of Creation, St. Francis sings to God for the gifts of Brother Sun and Sister Moon, along with the wind, water, and fire. And then he writes: "Praise be to You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains and governs us, and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs."
Pope Francis also echoed those praises in his Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si (Medieval Italian for "Praise be to You"). Pope Francis challenges us to recognize that human impact on Creation, the environment we all share, is a moral issue.
We wish you and your family a blessed Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and invite you to join us in prayer on October 3rd forTransitus. We will be celebrating Transitus at the Mount Saint Francis Chapel in Indiana at 7:00 pm. (Transitus will be celebrated across the Province - Please see below for some of the other locations.) If you are in the area, please join us. If you cannot physically join us, we still invite you to pray at this time, and to remember God's bounty and the joy St. Francis found in God's Creation.
Peace and All Good to you! Fr. John
Some more locations for Transitus (All celebrations begin at 7pm unless otherwise noted.)
Mount St. Francis Chapel, Mount St. Francis, Indiana
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Louisville, Kentucky
Chapel at Holy Cross Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, New Mexico - 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation, Carey, Ohio
St. Joseph University Parish, Terre Haute, Indiana
St. Bonaventure Parish, Bloomington, Minnesota - 8:00 pm
St. Anthony Church, Angola, Indiana (The second year that OFM Conv. and the OFS in Angola/Fort Wayne have celebrated Transitus together)
Our Lady of the Woods Chapel, Bellarmine University, Louisville, KY (at 9:00 pm) - OCTOBER 2
Listen to the latest episode of Franciscan Voice. Father Florian Tiell OFM Conv. talks about his Golden Jubilee of priesthood, the beginning of his vocation, and offers some sound advice on prayer, relaxing and listening for God's voice in your life.
From the beginning of his conversion, our holy Father Francis had a very great devotion and veneration for Christ crucified. He never ceased to preach this devotion until his death. In the year 1224, as he was rapt in deep contemplation, St. Francis received the stigmata. This event was attested by reliable witnesses and Pope Benedict XI permitted the Franciscan Order to celebrate annually this extraordinary event on September 17th.
Jesus said to all: "If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it. What profit is there for one to gain the whole world yet lose or forfeit himself? Whoever is ashamed of me and of my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels."
The Mount St. Francis Center for Spirituality announces its new Retreat Director
Br. Randy Kin OFM Conv. is the new Retreat Director at Mount St. Francis Center for Spirituality. He comes to the Mount from The Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio, where he was the Pilgrimage and Retreat Director.
A native of Kenton, Ohio, Br. Randy professed his Solemn Vows as a Conventual Franciscan on August 3, 1984.
Judy Ribar has joined the staff as Associate Director. Judy served for many years at Assumption High School as Director of Retreats and as a teacher.
The Center for Spirituality’s other staff members are:
Also, the Mondays at the Mount, a weekly Catholic faith enrichment program, will resume on September 17. The times for the program are 10:30 am and 7 pm. Popularized by the late Br. Bob Baxter OFM Conv., the Mount’s former Retreat Director who passed away earlier this year, the series now will be led by a variety of Friars and staff members.
For more information about upcoming retreats and other events, please visit the Retreat Center’s website: mountsaintfrancis.org
Fr. Andrew Mukosa OFM Conv., a Friar from Zambia, visited the US this summer. While here he led a retreat for Friars from the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, gave several mission appeals, and ended his visit assisting with the Vigil and Feast for the Assumption at the Basilica and National Shrine in Carey, Ohio. He took time from his busy schedule to talk with us on Franciscan Voice.
The state of Kerala in southern India is experiencing record-breaking flooding and heartbreaking loss-of-life and property. The Kolbe Franciscan Ashram and other friaries in the area are sheltering hundreds of people and providing relief assistance to the community. Right now the need is urgent for drinking water, pumps, food, clothing, and medicines. Please take a moment to pray for the people and, if you can, please make a donation.
Saint Maximilian Kolbe OFM Conv. was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar who volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the German death camp of Auschwitz. Kolbe was canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II who declared Saint Maximilian Kolbe to be a Martyr of Charity. He is considered the patron saint of families, journalists, prisoners, drug-addicts, and the pro-life movement.
This summer Br. Don Bassana met the nephew of the man that Saint Maximilian Kolbe saved from the starvation bunker.
Br. Don has been serving at the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown in Libertyville, Illinois.
Please visit kobeshrine.org for much more information about Saint Maximilian Kolbe.