Friar Paul Calark, OFM. Conv., UofL nursing faculty member, to be inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing

Frari Paul Clark OFM Conv. has been selected as a Fellow in the Academy of Emergency Nursing.


In addition to being one of our friars, he also holds a Ph.D., R.N., M.A., and is an assistant professor in the School of Nursing, at the University of Louisville.


Improving workplace health of emergency department nurses is his research focus and his contributions to emergency nursing have led to his selection. Friar Clark will be inducted during the Emergency Nurses Association's annual meeting to be held virtually next week.


The ENA mission is to advance excellence in emergency nursing. Their vision is to be the premier organization for the emergency nursing community worldwide.


Their priorities are guided by these values and beliefs. ENA believes …

  • In the inclusion and contributions of nursing, in collaboration with healthcare partners worldwide, to explore innovative solutions to the challenges of emergency care delivery.
  • Compassion is an essential element of the emergency nursing profession.
  • We should embrace inclusion, diversity and mutual respect in all interactions and initiatives to promote the essential value of different perspectives and experiences within emergency nursing.
  • In a team-based delivery of resources that meet the highest quality standards of excellence for patients and emergency nurses.
  • Emergency care evolves through lifelong learning and a culture of inquiry for the discovery and integration of evidence-based research into emergency nursing practice.
  • Our Code of Ethics establishes and encourages adherence to principles of honesty and integrity.
  • The spirit of philanthropy allows the advancement of the profession of emergency nursing and improves the lives of patients throughout the world.
  • We place the highest value on our members for their contributions to the care of patients and their families, the emergency nursing profession, and our organization.


In addition to substantial contributions to the field, fellows are chosen based on their work to advance the profession and provide visionary leadership to the academy and association.


Clark has been a member of the Emergency Nurses Association since 2001. He is an editorial board member of the Journal of Emergency Nursing and serves as a member on the Emergency Nursing Research Advisory Council. In previous years he was a grant reviewer for the Emergency Nurses Association Foundation and the Emergency Medicine Foundation.


He has co-authored more than 20 peer-reviewed publications and led nearly 30 peer-reviewed presentations on topics that include reducing stress, along with improving retention and workplace engagement among emergency department nurses.


Learn More: - Emergency Nurses Association

Feast of All Saints

From the First Letter of St. John:

See what love the Father has given us, that we should be called children of God; and that is what we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed. What we do know is this: when he is revealed, we will be like him, for we will see him as he is. And all who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

On this Feast of All Saints, let us ask God to guide our hearts, filling us with the Holy Spirit and drawing us toward our Heavenly home, so that one day we may be united with all of God's children in the joy of the Kingdom.

The images are taken from the tapestries of the saints at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.

Happy Feast of St. Francis!

Yesterday we commemorated the passing on to Heavenly Life of our Seraphic Father and Brother, St. Francis of Assisi.

More than 800 years ago, he heard God's call and began his journey with Christ. Unsure of where the road might take him, yet sustained by his faith, Francis grew into the very likeness of Christ. On October 3rd, in 1226, he completed his earthly journey.

As Conventual Franciscan Friars we follow in his footsteps.

May the Lord inspire us all in our Gospel life!

Folding 1,000 Paper Cranes

Fr. Tom Smith OFM Conv. participated in a peace vigil in Mesilla Park, New Mexico, on Monday, September 9, 2019. The vigil was held next to the new Chapel at Holy Cross Retreat Center, where Fr. Tom is the Director. He said, "The music reminded me of peace vigils from the 60s and 70s, yet the theme and need are very current."

One thousand paper cranes were donated to the City of Las Cruces during the vigil.

In Japanese culture, it is believed that if someone folds 1,000 paper cranes their wish will come true. These origami cranes are a symbol of hope and healing.

In addition to the Franciscan presence, there were representatives from many other faiths, including Judaism and Buddhism, as well as groups representing Asian Americans, the disabled, the Latino Community, the American Indian Student Center, and others.

The non-political event included representatives from the community speaking on the universal values of Love, Tolerance, Freedom, and Dignity.

Please Pray for Our Men in Formation

"I want it written at the beginning and the end of the Rule that the brothers are bound to observe the Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ"

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Happy Feast of the Assumption

Since 1912, the Conventual Franciscans of this Province have had the privilege of serving the pilgrims who visit the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio. Each year over the nine days leading up to the Feast of the Assumption, thousands gather for a Novena in Mary's honor, culminating in a candlelight procession to Shrine Park for a Vigil Mass.

This year Friar Steven McMichael OFM Conv. preached the Novena, and his evening homilies during the devotions focused on the relationship and similarities between Jesus' Resurrection and Mary's Assumption.

He left us with the beautiful image of the Risen Christ, visiting His mother on Easter morning, and the two embracing -- Jesus consoling Mary, who now is our own Mother of Consolation.

You may find Fr. Steven's reflections on our Province YouTube channel, or on our FaceBook page.

May God bless you and your families.

The Healing Power of God’s Love

Friar Jeffrey Hines on prayer, faith, and healing at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation

Looking back over his years of service at the Shrine in Carey, Ohio, Br. Jeffrey Hines talks with Br. Randy Kin about the experience of welcoming pilgrims, listening to their stories, and praying with them.

Over the course of two days, the interview ranged from the history of the Shrine to specific, unexplained occurrences where people's lives were changed. We thank Br. Jeffrey for sharing these stories with us.

The conversation is broken into eight episodes, and are part of our podcast series Franciscan Voice, available on Soundcloud and through iTunes.

A Year and a Day

Seven men enter
the Conventual Franciscan Novitiate

On Wednesday, July 17th, seven men entered the Conventual Franciscan Novitiate in Arroyo Grande, California. They now embark on a journey that lasts a year and a day. This odd year and a day calculation comes from the medieval practice of recognizing a run-away serf as free if he could reside undiscovered in one of the emerging cities for a year and a day. If a novice can persevere for a year a day away from his old life, he too becomes a free man in a new spiritual life.

The novices are now invested in the Franciscan habit. This simple tunic, shoulder cape, hood, and rope around the waist, reflects what peasants wore at the time of St. Francis. The word habit comes from a Latin word habitus meaning to put on a way of life.

l to r: Friars Kyle Banks (OLA, Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody), Joshua Sherls (OLC), Alex Gould (OLC), Michael Hintze (SB), Peter Flynn (OLA, Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody), Christopher Fernandez (OLA), Roberto Macias-Marin (OLC)
(Abbreviations for provinces; OLC - Our Lady of Consolation; OLA - Our Lady of Angels;
SB - St. Bonaventure)

Over a year and a day the novices will gain a deeper understanding of Conventual Franciscan life through prayer, in-house classes, and other activities, including outside apostolates such as hospice, prison, and hospital ministries.

Please keep these men in prayer,
as well as all those who are discerning their vocation.

Adventures of a Missionary – Part 2

Here is the second part of our conversation with Br. Tony Droll OFM Conv. - a missionary in Zambia for 50+ years and now part of the growing Zambian Conventual Franciscan Province of the Protomartyrs. (Photo: Br. Oscar, +Fr. Juniper Cummings, and Br. Tony)

Celebrating Our Fathers

As we celebrate Fathers Day on the Feast of the Holy Trinity, let us give thanks and rejoice in our Heavenly Father's creating love, follow in the Son's footsteps, and pray for the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

We pray that the Holy Trinity will pour forth blessings on all of us, but especially today on fathers as they love and serve their families.