From Our September 2013 Newsletter

Our September Gathering

We will hold our monthly gathering on Sunday, September 8th at 12:30 pm in Conway Hall. We will participate in ongoing formation, recite the Franciscan Crown Rosary and, after our regular meeting and prayers, we will proceed to St. Francis Church for Benediction.

If you are unable to fulfill your obligation to attend the monthly meeting, please call Pat Simon at 610-352-5390.

2013 Day of Recollection

Hold the date — October 12th. This year’s Day of Recollection will be held at Divine Providence Village in Springfield. Directions and a program will be provided at our next gathering. You will need to bring a brown bag lunch and Fran and Suzanne are planning other refreshments.

Formation Information

In September, we will continue where we left off in Finding Identity as a Secular Franciscan by Edward M. Zablocki, OFS (at the top of page 3). Our discussion will focus on exploring the secular aspects of our Secular Franciscan spirituality. You should have gotten a copy of this paper as well as the handout with all the information you need to prepare at our last meeting. If you don’t have the handout or the paper but have web access, you can download them from this page on the fraternity’s website: If you don’t have internet, contact Lee and he’ll try to get it to you before the meeting.

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The secular world is the place where lay people exercise their leadership most naturally. It’s the environment of their everyday lives and their primary mission field. Bishops can counsel and teach, but their role in practical political affairs like the fight for religious liberty can only be indirect and secondary.

If lay people don’t love their Catholic faith enough to struggle for it in the public square, nothing the bishops do will finally matter.

~Archbishop Chaput

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