The friars were away at our provincial chapter the week of June 4-9. It was held at Siena College near Albany NY. A chapter is a gathering of friars, held every three years, at which we discuss different issues, including the questions of new assignments – which friars are up for a move and where those friars might go. We hope to hear within the next few weeks whether St. Francis here in Raleigh will have a third friar. The days at chapter were packed, meetings beginning in the morning and continuing all throughout the day. Overall, it was a good and productive chapter and good to see friars from all over our province gathered in one place for a time.

In a recent homily, I quoted Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche, an international network of communities for people with intellectual disabilities. Here is the quote, which I drew from “Give Us This Day,” a daily prayer book published by Liturgical Press: “Holiness is not something we can achieve, it is given. It is not reserved for a few strong-willed people, for austere seekers of God, for those who have an official role in the Church, or for those who preach and do advanced theological studies. It is not reserved for those who are well-known mystics or for those who do wonderful things for the poor. Holiness is for all those who are poor enough to welcome Jesus. It is for people living ordinary lives and who feel lonely. It is for all those who are old, sick, hospitalized, or out of work, who open their hearts in trust to Jesus and cry out for His healing love. ‘Come Lord Jesus, come!’”

Blessings on your week!