St. Francis of Assisi Pastor’s Column – February 3, 2019

Many thanks to Liz Michel who spoke at
all of our masses last weekend about her
experience of The Franciscan School. We
had an open house for both our school and
preschool last weekend, both well attended,
and in her talk Liz spoke about her family’s
experience of being welcomed at TFS and
her children’s educational and spiritual formation at the school.
As I have said before, both our school and preschool are gems
of St. Francis.
Last weekend, we had three baptisms on Saturday morning
and as part of the baptism ritual, a third-grader from our school
named Ashley helped out by reading the prayers of the faithful.
She volunteered. As she did this, I was reminded of the ways
that TFS prepares our students for ongoing life in our parish – in
this case, an 8-year-old third grader who stands up in front of a
crowd and prays in front of 30+ people. So beautiful to see!
We are off and running with the 2019 Bishop’s Annual Appeal
and once again thank you to all who have pledged so far. As we
have said, we at St. Francis are not our own Franciscan island
separate from the Diocese of Raleigh; we are part of the diocese
and we friars serve here at the good will of the bishop of
Raleigh. We friars have made our annual pledge and we ask
that you please consider making your own pledge to this
important appeal. As always, thank you!
This coming week I will be attending an interprovincial retreat
of Friars to be held in Orlando, Florida. As you may know, six
provinces of Franciscans in the United States agreed last May to
begin the process of merging into one province; this is a process
that will take several years. In the meantime, the six provinces
are beginning to look at ways to come together and meet each
other, and that is what will be happening in Florida this coming
week. The retreat will be led by Fr. Richard Rohr, a Franciscan
friar based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico who is well known
for his spiritual writings and retreats.
Blessings on your week!

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