February Newsletter – A Global Brotherhood

Dear Friends,
As you can see from this issue, this is an exciting time for both the Conventual Franciscan Order and the Province of Our Lady of Consolation.
The presence of young friars from all around the world is a blessing for the Conventual Franciscan Order. These young men are responding to the Holy Spirit, embracing the challenge of the Gospel, and taking their first steps in the path of St. Francis of Assisi.

In our House of Formation in San Antonio, Texas, we have student friars from the US and six other countries and hope to have more countries represented in the near future. This intercultural house is a sign of the direction in which the Order is moving. The walls between Provinces and countries are falling. Friars are beginning to work together based on talents
and interests rather than geography.

Of course, any time you have people from different cultures and backgrounds (not to mention languages), there must be an adjustment, compromise, and patience with one another. This part of their education is just as important as their classroom work and will benefit the people we serve many years into the future.

We are grateful for your prayerful support of all our ministries, but especially for the education and formation of our student friars. They are our future, yours, and the Order. The lives they will touch and the people they will serve will benefit from your generosity.

Also, in this issue, we remember Br. Angelo Catania. Always a brother for hospitality to all, he waited up for traveling friars to arrive, no matter how late. He would be ready to fix them something to eat or show them to their rooms. But most importantly, he had been praying for their safe travel.

May Br. Angelo now rejoicing in Eternal Life continues to pray for all of us as we travel on our road toward God. And please remember that the friars always include you and your intentions in our Masses and prayers.

Peace and all Good Things,

Fr. John Elmer OFM Conv.
Spiritual Director