Finding God in a Storefront at the Mall

In the New York Times: Several days into the Christmas shopping season at the Northgate Mall here, the Rev. Dan Anderson stood improbably in a storefront between Sci-Fi City and the Loveable You Portrait Studio. An older couple, strolling past, slowed down to regard him. Father Anderson, 66, wore the brown habit of the Franciscan…

The Franciscan Connection to the Ordinariate

As Minister of the Fraternity of St. Angela Merici, here in Oshawa, I may be the only Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use Secular Franciscan in our region. My fraternity has been most supportive of the endeavours of the Oshawa Sodality for the past three years. Mr. James Tilley, former ACCC priest and, hopefully, a…

Border Nuns

Franciscans risk stoning to provide aid to poor along border fence. CNS: The compact car lifted a trail of dust as it traveled slowly along the 18-foot-tall chain-link fence, attracting the attention of the U.S. Border Patrol agent sitting in his green and white SUV. When the vehicle stopped and two women got out, he…

Saint Francis of Assisi

Saint Francis’s Feast Day is today: Saint Francis of Assisi (born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone; 1181/1182 – October 3, 1226) was an Italian Catholic friar and preacher. He founded the men’s Franciscan Order, the women’s Order of St. Clare, and the lay Third Order of Saint Francis. St. Francis is one of the most venerated…