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Columbus Indiginuous Peoples’ Italian Heritage

The three titles attached to last Monday’s holiday call us to an examination of consciousness. We need to reflect on our national history, personal identity and faith tradition. Columbus’ multi-purposed trip proved his perseverance and determination that eventually led to nation building and the simultaneous dehumanizing of the native people and suppression of their nations [...]

By |2021-10-18T12:13:32-04:00October 18th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Columbus Indiginuous Peoples’ Italian Heritage

Vatican Statement Biden Lease of Public Land

As the New Eve and Mother of the Living, Mary calls us to attend to our common and increasingly fragile home. The nightly news with accounts of extreme weather, floods and flash floods, wildfire smoke that clouded the nation’s skies remind us that no one is exempt from the dangers of climate change or the [...]

By |2021-10-08T10:44:50-04:00October 8th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Vatican Statement Biden Lease of Public Land

George Floyd Policing Reform

Despite mass protests throughout the United States following the May 25th, 2020, murder of George Floyd during an arrest and months of work by a bipartisan group of legislators, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 failed. The bill called for comprehensive reforms, including banning racial, religious, and other discriminatory profiling, banning chokeholds [...]

By |2021-09-30T11:33:22-04:00September 30th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on George Floyd Policing Reform

Haitians Title 42

Patron of Haiti, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, shows both hope and concern as comforts her son and looks out toward all of us; the icon is comforting and complicated. The 12,000 migrants camped in Del Rio, Texas, many of whom are Haitians, know too well the complicated mix of hope and worry. The Biden [...]

By |2021-09-24T14:34:21-04:00September 24th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Haitians Title 42

Political Divisiveness Anti-conspiracy theories

Long before September 11th commemorations, September has evoked a host of memories. Fall foliage marks the passage of time and the omnipresent ads for pencils and lunchboxes remind us of our best and worst experiences of our early learning. A “do-over” opportunity for students and teachers. the new school year provides a model for continuing [...]

By |2021-09-17T09:15:10-04:00September 17th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Political Divisiveness Anti-conspiracy theories

9/11 Olph Afghanistan

After finding Jesus in the temple, Mary is said to have pondered all things in her heart. How much we have to ponder in our hearts as we anticipate the twentieth anniversary of 9/11: the memories of the persons who died that day and of those who over the years have died of the wide-range [...]

By |2021-09-04T10:44:07-04:00September 4th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on 9/11 Olph Afghanistan

Afghanistan Exit

How often during the war in Afghanistan as in previous wars part of our stated goal was to win minds and hearts of the people; therefore, we invested in humanitarian and development projects. US and allied forces also won trust and friendship of civilians who risked their personal safety to support our efforts. Now, as [...]

By |2021-08-29T11:02:13-04:00August 29th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Afghanistan Exit

Afghanistan and Haiti Pieta

One of the most poignant portrayals of our Blessed Mother is that of the Pieta, the sorrowful mother holding the body of Christ.  Mary continues to hold us, who are the body of Christ, in her arms. On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, we looked to Mary as a reminder of Christ’s words [...]

By |2021-08-20T11:15:48-04:00August 20th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Afghanistan and Haiti Pieta

Introducing FranciscanTV

Introducing FranciscanTV.US Friars Launch FranciscanTV.US – A New Franciscan Media Channel The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province are excited to announce the launch of FranciscanTV.US. This new Franciscan media channel aims to share the friars’ love of community, creation and Church through a series of heart-warming and spiritual [...]

By |2021-08-17T10:59:07-04:00August 17th, 2021|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Introducing FranciscanTV

Delta Variant Hope and Unity

In times of trouble, we often appeal to Mary as Mother of Perpetual Help. She is our steady hope, joining us in our prayers, when hope is hard to come by. As we move through a summer that we had hoped would mark our country’s “return to normal,” after our long pandemic isolation, we are [...]

By |2021-08-06T09:05:06-04:00August 6th, 2021|Sister Fran|Comments Off on Delta Variant Hope and Unity
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