February 24, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Thursday, February 28 marks the final day of Pope Benedict’s papacy.  As a way of giving thanks to God for the gift of his ministry of leadership and also to pray for the wisdom and guidance of the holy spirit during the upcoming conclave to...

February 17, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Earlier this week we were all taken by surprise with the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI.  Though a surprise to us, it was a thoughtful and prayerful decision of Pope Benedict’s as he sought the guidance of the Lord in his life and that of...

February 10, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, It’s hard to believe that we’re about to begin  Lent with the celebration of Ash Wednesday this week. Lent traditionally has two themes: penance and preparing for baptism or, for those of us  already baptized, renewing our baptismal...

Paying it Forward: Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving

Lent is a time when the Church works to grow in holiness as we prepare for the celebration of Easter.   We make commitments to prayer, fasting and almsgiving (showing mercy).  Traditionally, prayer, fasting and mercy have been interconnected. “Fasting is the soul of...

February 3, 2013

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Congratulations to all our families who partner with us through their participation in our Catholic Education Ministries, including St. Francis Preschool and Franciscan elementary and middle schools.  This past week we had a wonderful...