The Walk to Emmaus

At our last gathering, we invited Julie Berggren, OFS to lead us in an afternoon of reflection. The heart of this reflection centered on the Walk to Emmaus. (Luke 24:13-35) For our brothers and sisters who were unable to attend, the reflection is provided here so that, while you might not have been with us physically, you can still share in this experience that helped bring our fraternity together in fellowship and love. Continue reading “The Walk to Emmaus”


The Prologue

The minister of the St. Bernardine of Siena Fraternity, Jerry Stecker, OFS, offers a reflection of the Prologue to the OFS Rule. This talk was given at our general gathering in April, and can be downloaded from the Formation page of this site.

After I professed as a Secular Franciscan I thought I knew enough to continue on in my vocation. Yet as time went on I realized I had just scratched the surface in understanding my calling. What does it mean to be a secular in today’s world? How do I live my vocation each day? Continue reading “The Prologue”

12 Weeks of Franciscan Peace

Carolyn D. Townes, OFS, the Animator for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) for the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, has provided a set of reflections for us to consider each of the next 12 weeks.

You can download the complete set of reflections here.

Let us always remain mindful of the Gospel call to be peacemakers (Matthew 5:9). As Franciscans, we are called to be “bearers of peace” and always “seek out ways of unity and fraternal harmony through dialogue, trusting in the presence of the divine seed in everyone and in the transforming power of love and pardon.” (OFS Rule #19)

I invite everyone to share there thoughts and comments on these reflections below. How are you a peacemaker in your life? How do these reflections comfort or challenge you to be a peacemaker?

Gratitude to Sylvia Hood Washington and Lauren Washington for bringing this resource to the attention of the fraternity!