View from the choir

I am a Catholic layperson and Secular Franciscan with a sense of humor. After years in the back pew watching, I have moved into the choir. It's nice to see faces instead of the backs of heads. But I still maintain God has a sense of humor - and that we are created in God's image.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Franciscan day of recollection

We held a short day of recollection - half a day really - with the two local Secular Franciscan groups. We met out at St. Leo's, Hilton, for talks by Father Anthony and Brother Francis (above - and yes, he is a big fellow!) both of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.

The day included not only the talks - both fine, and Brother Francis' tale of being basically a faithless "punk" in London who, thanks to a Divine Mercy picture found in a phone booth (!), became a Catholic and a Brother was particularly gripping - but also a Holy Hour, Confessions, and a Mass.

What was also nice is that we had three young women there. Two are students at SUNY Brockport who are apparently not satisfied with the Newman Center there, met an SFO at a daily Mass in town where they heard of the day of recollection, and showed up.

Wonderful. And a wonderful day.

I also suggested we consider meeting some time at the St. Padre Pio Chapel, an idea that got a positive response from the Rochester SFOs. We'll see.


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