Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington



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


Two candidates continue process as Secular Franciscans

the Inland Register

(From the March 18, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

From left: Secular Franciscan Teresa McDermott (Minister), Ann Fenn and Paula Bacon (Candidates), Sister Patricia Gordon of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (Spiritual Assistant), and Secular Franciscan Gail Robasciotti Formation Director). (IR photo courtesy of the Secular Franciscan Order)

Two inquirers, Paula Bacon of Clayton, Wash., and Ann Fenn of Deer Park, Wash., were welcomed in the Rite of Admission into the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Spokane Feb. 13.

Following a period of orientation and inquiry, the two women became candidates in the Lay Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209. As St. Francis wrote in his Rule for the Secular Franciscans, this is a life, “Going from Gospel to life and life to the Gospel.” Both Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi continue in the 21st Century as exemplary witnesses to the Gospel message of Jesus of poverty, compassion and service to the needy, care of creation, peace and justice and by a committed daily life of prayer.

The Rite of Admission takes place within a celebration of the Word of God, but not during a Mass. Following a prescribed formation period of candidacy, The Rite of Profession, a permanent commitment as a Secular Franciscan, will culminate in a special Mass since the nature of permanent commitment as a public and ecclesial act is closely related to the celebration of the Eucharist.

During the Rite of Admission the Rule of the Order was given to each candidate as an invitation to the Franciscan way of life each is choosing to embrace. A San Damiano crucifix was given to be worn as an outward sign of following Jesus in daily life.

Assisting with the Rite of Admission were Franciscan Father Mike Blackburn, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi; Sister Pat Gordon of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Spiritual Assistant; and Secular Franciscans Gail Robasciotti (Formation Director), Teresa McDermott (Minister), and Wayne Brown and Madre Kuhl (musicians).

The fraternity/community of initial inquirers and professed members meet monthly on the second Saturday at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Center, 1104 W. Heroy in Spokane, from 9 a.m.-noon for shared prayer, discussion, service ideas, and ongoing formation reflections.

For more information, or if interested in becoming a

Secular Franciscan, call 276-1586 or 448-0299.


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