The Saints Go Marching In

by Fr. David Lenz

On November 1st the Church has traditionally celebrated the Feast of All Saints. This is an opportunity for us to connect with our beloved deceased holy friends and celebrate their glorious relationship with God.

Many of us have a favorite saint whom we have connected with over a lifetime. My Franciscan brothers have long taught me and modeled their love for the Saints. I recall Fr. Juniper Cummings’ love for St. Anthony and how he wrote his dissertation on St. Anthony when he was studying in the seminary. Certainly I cannot fail to mention Fr. Wayne Hellman’s love and devoted study of St. Bonaventure. Both of these men were examples to all friars of the importance of building and nurturing a relationship with a saint.

Painting by Francisco de Zurbaran c.1640-1650

My own ‘saint-friend’ is the Friar Padre Pio. I exhort our new novices each year to become acquainted with a saint and nourish a friendship by prayer and reading as much as possible with their ‘saint-friend.’

As we celebrate the Feast of All Saints, it is good for us to call to mind our favorite saint and read a bit about him or her.

One Friar who had a great devotion to St. Anthony of Padua described his devotion this way. He said he had the small wedding band of his deceased mother, which he wore to remind him of her presence. From there he went on to describe his devotion to the relics of St. Anthony, which remind him of the Saint and nourish his friendship with him.

May God grant you peace, comfort, and freedom from anxiety as you recall and reaffirm your relationship with your special Saint.

Following St. Maximilian Kolbe to Japan


Listen to our latest episode of Franciscan Voice. Brother Don Bassana shares his journey following in the footsteps of St. Maximilian Kolbe to Japan. Learn more about St. Kolbe's life - how he found the desire to travel to the far east; how he arrived in Japan; and the miracle of the friary established there.



Brother Don felt blessed to spend retreat time with his Franciscan brothers who are so steeped in our Kolbe spirituality.


Bilingual Celebration at Holy Cross Retreat Center

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

God’s Microphone


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.

St. Oscar Romero

Feast of Saint Francis


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


Transitus – 2018


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.


St. Francis of Assisi

      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 for Transitus. 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



Relax and Listen –

God has something to tell you!

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.


Fr. Florian Tiell celebrated his Golden Jubilee of priesthood at St. Anthony Parish in Clarksville, Indiana, August 25, 2018.

Stigmata of Our Holy Father Francis


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."
Lk 9:23-26

New Retreat Director Announced

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:

Karen Krider, Retreat Coordinator
Charla Perez, Bookkeeper

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:

By the Grace of God


Fr. Andrew stands in front of the new auditorium at St. Francis Technical Secondary School in Zambia.

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.