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Spokane Secular Franciscans offer information evening – ‘Come and See’ on Sept. 26
the Inland Register
(From the September 19, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)
The Secular Franciscans (SFO) are well established in the Inland Northwest, with communities thriving in the Tri-Cities, Spokane, and Coeur d’Alene, and an emerging community in Deer Park.
The Secular Franciscans were founded in the early 13th century. Fraternities are established throughout the United States and the rest of the world.
Chapter One of the group’s Rule states:
“The Secular Franciscan Order holds a special place in this family circle. It is an organic union of all Catholic fraternities scattered throughout the world and open to every group of the faithful. In these fraternities the brothers and sisters, led by the Spirit, strive for perfect charity in their own secular state. By their profession they pledge themselves to live the Gospel in the manner of Saint Francis by means of this rule approved by the Church.”
On Aug. 10, SFO members joined with others in the Franciscan family and with friends and benefactors of the Poor Clare Sisters in the Spokane area for an outdoor Mass hosted by the Poor Clare Sisters at their monastery in north Spokane. Bishop Blase Cupich presided at the Mass. Among the concelebrants were Franciscan Fathers Michael Blackburn and Alberic Smith of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Spokane.
After Mass, Secular Franciscans from both Spokane and Deer Park gathered at The Franciscan Place at St. Joseph Family Center in Spokane for an afternoon of retreat. They reflected on topics of “call” and “evangelization,” themes drawn from Vatican Council II’s Gaudium et Spes and Pope Francis’s Pentecost homily.
SFO Minister Dennis Daniel welcomed participants. SFO Spiritual Assistant, Sister Pat Gordon of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, opened with prayer.
Afternoon activities included time for reflection, silent prayer, and viewing a DVD featuring Jean Vanier, co-founder of the L’Arche Communities. The afternoon was facilitated by SFOs Trish Naughton, Jim Lewis, and Bob Stirling, with musical accompaniment provided by fellow SFO Annette Roy.
Deacon Dave Dudinsky, another SFO who also ministers at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, closed the day with prayer, which included a commissioning blessing by SFP Ministers Paula Bacon and Dennis Daniel.
Participants were encouraged and sent on their way to live, in the words of Francis of Assisi, “from Gospel to Life, and Life to Gospel.”
An informational evening about Secular Franciscan life, is planned for Thursday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Parish Center, 1104 W. Heroy in Spokane. All those seeking more information about the Secular Franciscan way of life, are welcomed and encouraged to attend.
Interested persons may visit the international and national websites at http://www.ciofs.org/portal/ and http://www.nafra-sfo.org/ or call 1-800-FRANCIS.
In the Deer Park and Spokane areas, information is available by calling 509 276-1586 or 509 328-2812.
The Franciscans’ annual celebration of “transitus,” when St. Francis of Assisi was born into eternal life, will be hosted at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Spokane, on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m.
Prayer, song, and ritual help tell the story. Sister Pat Gordon will offer words of reflection. A reception will follow at 1104 W. Heroy Ave. All are welcome.
For more information, call St. Francis of Assisi Parish: (509) 325-1321.
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