Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Secular Franciscan Order welcomes new members

the Inland Register

(From the April 9, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Candidates and Formation Team Members present at the Profession of the Secular Franciscans were: Back row, from left: Jim Robasciotti SFO, Witness; Gail Robasciotti SFO, Formation Director; Dennis Daniel, Stacey Bogar, Annette Roy, and Bob Taylor SFO, Witness. In the front row, from left, are Cathy Chase, Tammie Fabien, and Sandy Earnest. Not pictured were candidates Ed and Carole Sima, who will be professed on April 18. (IR photo courtesy of Gail Robasciotti SFO)

Six candidates from Spokane and Deer Park celebrated their Profession into the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) on March 14 during a Liturgy at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Spokane.

Following a formation period of study and discernment, the now professed members will continue living out the mission envisioned by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. He founded the Secular Francis-cans as a direct response to a request from the laity who were hungering for a deeper spiritual life while still remaining in their vocations as single or married Christians. Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi serve as witnesses to the Gospel message of poverty, compassion, and service to the needy, care of creation, and peace and justice, while being supported by a committed daily life of prayer.

The Franciscan charism, a unique gift of love and presence to all God’s people, overflows in daily action as expressed in the SFO Rule, Number 4: ”Secular Franciscans should devote themselves especially to careful reading of the Gospel, going from Gospel to life and life to the Gospel.”

Franciscan gatherings are held monthly at St. Francis of Assisi Parish with the total fraternity/community sharing prayer, discussions, service ideas and ongoing formation reflections.

This year marks the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan Movement by Sts. Francis and Clare.

In commemoration of this milestone, a Franciscan retreat is scheduled for Aug. 15, 2009 at St. Thomas More Parish, Spokane. Fran-ciscan Brother Bill Short, an author and speaker from The Franciscan School of Theology at Berkeley, Calif., will reflect on “The Francis-can Experiment after 800 Years.” All who are interested in finding out how Sts. Francis and Clare remain relevant in today’s world are invited to attend. For information, call 276-1586 or 448-0299.

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