Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 1453, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Three make solemn profession as Secular Franciscans

the Inland Register

(From the April 16, 2015 edition of the Inland Register)

From left: Secular Franciscans Deacon Dave Dudinsky, Jim Huss, Sue Huss, Dennis Daniel, Ethel Bowen, and Trish Naughton; Franciscan Father Michael Blackburn; and Sister Pat Gordon of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. (IR photo courtesy of Renee Lewis of the Secular Franciscan Order)

Three individuals from Spokane – Ethel Bowen, of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, and James J. Huss and Susan Huss, both of St. Thomas More Parish – made solemn professions as members of the Secular Franciscan Order during Mass March 14. Their profession caps a nearly three-year formal period of discernment and formation.

The theme of the profession ceremony was “Here I Am, Lord, I Come to Do Your Will.”

As part of the greater Franciscan family, and originally known, in the time of St. Francis of Assisi himself, as the Brothers and Sisters of Penance, Secular Franciscans share with the Friars, the Poor Clares, and Third Order Regular groups of Religious Sisters the Franciscan call and Franciscan charism. They pray the Liturgy of the Hours and observe traditional Franciscan feast days and fraternal practices.

They gather at least monthly for prayer, ongoing study, and fellowship, and seek to support one another in their collective desire to follow Jesus in the manner of Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi.

The Secular Franciscan Order, or Ordo Franciscanus Sæcularis (OFS), is classified by the Church as a “Public Association of the Faithful.” Members make permanent and solemn promises, not vows. In their secular states as single or married individuals, or as diocesan-associated clergy – for instance, the late Bishop Bernard Topel of Spokane was a Secular Franciscan – members do not live in monasteries or convents, but do pledge to pray and to serve, seeking to live out the OFS Rule in daily life.

Dennis Daniel, Minister of the St. Francis Fraternity in Spokane, officially acknowledged the profession and led the fraternity in welcoming the newly professed members. All professed members of the Order then together renewed their own profession commitment.

(For more information about the Secular Franciscan Order, call 1-800-FRANCIS, or visit the web site: Local contacts include members of the Order: Dennis Daniel (Spokane: (509) 991-7937), Paula Bacon (Deer Park: (509) 233-8259), Sue Ballinger (Coeur d’Alene: (208) 660-4831), or Laura Dahmen (representing the Tri-Cities, Dayton, Boise, and Lewiston: (509) 545-1767.)

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