The Franciscan Journey. Franciscan spirituality is a spirituality of journey, a spirituality of pilgrimage. The Channel of Peace Fraternity uses the Four Pillars of the Brothers and Sisters of Saint Francis Region as the way of expressing the Franciscan way of life. %PDF-1.5 Men 21 years of age of older seeking on-going conversion by living the Holy Gospel through a life-changing time of prayer, service and intentional community are invited to live and work in the shelter for either a year (Mid-August thru End-of-May) or a summer (Mid-May thru End-of-August). Throughout our website you will find examples of each of these four pillars and our Fraternity’s attempts to build our Fraternity and our Church by utilizing all four pillars in our growth to become faithful followers of St. Francis of Assisi. }J��J�N�>����S�.t���2E The Poverello (“Poor Little Man”) is one of the most venerated religious figures in Roman Catholic history, and he and St. Catherine of Siena are the patron saints of Italy. 2. The pillars are Spirituality, Formation, Fraternity, and Apostolate. The Formation Pillar: One - THE CRIB. This internal quest is realized through the… Seventeen Essential Elements of Franciscan Spirituality. The Spirituality Pillar is aimed at providing the foundation for a Franciscan identity and mindset. Formation includes Orientation, Initial Formation, and Ongoing Formation. Our sponsored spirituality centers, Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center, Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center and Franciscan Spirituality Center, have been our response to people's desire to grow in relationship to God, creation, others and self. We at the Fraternity of Brother Francis meet monthly for gatherings and fraternity business. … THE FOUR PILLARS There are four pillars of foundation on which our Secular Franciscan Way of Life is based. Just as it was about to fall, a small man appeared dressed in the clothes of a peasant. Out of these struggles emerged two pillars that characterised his thinking and his spirituality, and these pillars became the source of Franciscan spirituality. endobj It goes without saying that it is the spirit of God that we wish to nourish and make strong within us. The Apostolate Pillar: It takes place on the go – in the midst of daily living. We will lead others back to Jesus, present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, for He alone can lead us to the Father. Individual apostolates range from being an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion, visiting the poor, serving as a missionary, and many of the other ministries available in the Church and community. Franciscan Order and each of these Essential Elements could be used for ongoing formation at a Fraternity meeting. Francis knew that many people of his time did not believe that Jesus was truly human. It is the means to being attentive and pursuing the application of our Franciscan spirituality on a daily basis. It is on the journey that the Spirit shapes us into the “lovers” that God desires us to be. JPIC IN ACTION. The Franciscans live the Gospel in poverty, to work for their daily meals, to offer all they have for the poor, the sick, and the marginalized. Along with the entire Franciscan family, the spirituality of the secular Franciscan is intensely Christocentric and focused on Jesus, the second Person of the Blessed Trinity, who became one of us in the Incarnation. It is the means to being attentive and pursuing the application of our Franciscan Spirituality on a daily basis. He was educated at the Franciscan Study Centre, England, and the National Catholic Radio and Television Centre, Hatch End, London where he was later appointed to the post of Dean of Studies. We build our Franciscan Fraternity’s foundation on four pillars: Spirituality, Formation, Fraternity and Apostolate. <>>> Explore the spirituality of two pillars of Christian living. Murray Bodo, O.F.M. <> Regional Formation Team. COMMON LIFE. endobj Franciscans Grow by Imitating Saint Francis and Becoming Pillars of the Church. Franciscan spirituality is primarily focused on Christ’s Incarnation, His Passion, and His Presence in the Eucharist. 1 0 obj Each pillar does not stand by itself but supports the three other pillars. In 1210 Francis and his followers traveled to Rome to see Pope Innocent III and obtain approval for their way of life. A general schema for Franciscan spirituality would look like this: 1. This Fresco depicts Francis supporting the Church. It was after his meeting with St Francis that the Pope saw in a dream the great church of St. John Lateran collapsing on itself. 2 0 obj <>/ProcSet[/PDF/Text/ImageB/ImageC/ImageI] >>/MediaBox[ 0 0 612 792] /Contents 4 0 R/Group<>/Tabs/S/StructParents 0>> SPIRITUALITY Nurturing our Franciscan spirituality and its attending charism requires an ongoing dynamic attentiveness and application. through the Four Pillars of Spirituality, Formation, Fraternity and Apostolate. The Fraternity Pillar: x��\[o�J�~��@`_��Ű���"0`gN�d1�sp&�y�A�䈈Lj(���ߺ��e����V]]]�ՅN>��|��ᯟ��)�no��? These pillars are Spirituality, Formation, Fraternity and Apostolate. • To acquire knowledge and inspiration of the Franciscan spirituality of our patron Saint Francis of Assisi. Prayer and contemplation anchor the Spirituality Pillar. Fraternity events gives us an opportunity to grow together in our faith, charism and friendship with one another. Four Pillars of the Catechism (FPC) Track Franciscan University of Steubenville admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, disability, age, and sex to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school as required by Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Spiritual Assistant. Prayer opens us more fully to the indwelling of the Spirit, ena… Spirituality Centers. 3. PILLARS OF DOMINICAN LIFE. It has its own unique emphasis which characterizes it as “Franciscan”. The Spirituality Pillar is aimed at providing the foundation for a Franciscan identity and mindset. Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation. endobj ---Stirred by the Wisdom of God and rooted in our contemplative prayer, communal study and life in community, we challenge heresies of local and global domination, exploitation, and greed, that privilege some, dehumanize others, and ravage Earth. <> This foundation includes prayer, discernment and contemplation. Franciscan Spirituality. Both St. Francis and Pope Francis have captured the attention of the world, the former for centuries and the latter since his election as Bishop of Rome. From the Eucharist we will draw from the fountain our strength, perseverance and inspiration. Then he had to experience himself situated inside of a meaning-filled cosmos (a sacramental universe). These pillars are Spirituality, Formation, Fraternity and Apostolate. He thought about how to demonstrate His humanity and what better way than using a baby. The duality of Franciscan Spirituality is comprised of Prayer and Action. stream The Spirituality Pillar: Spitzer will discuss his new book from Ignatius Press, Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life: A Practical Guide to Prayer for Active People. Franciscan spirituality, then, is that spirituality which comes from St. Francis and evolved within the Franciscan order. Each Secular Franciscan may also have their own personal Apostolate based on their talents and influence of the Holy Spirit in their lives. As Franciscans we believe that if we establish a firm foundation grounded in our faith in Jesus and His Church, we can stand as a testament to the love of Christ and withstand the ravages of evil as demonstrated by Saint Francis. 2019-2022 Queen of Peace Regional Spiritual Assistant Class. Franciscan Spirituality: Week 1 Summary: Sunday, June 4-Friday, June 9, 2017 For Francis of Assisi, the true “I” first had to be discovered and realigned (the prayer journey into the True Self). 17 Essential Elements of Franciscan Spirituality: 1…To live the gospel according to the spirit of St. Francis (Articles 1,4,5,14) 2…To be converted continually (Articles 2,4,5,7,9,12,16) The Franciscan Order (and similar orders that sprang from it like the Sisters of St. Clare) concerns its spirituality with that of their mentor. Please contact our Minister, Barb Robless, OFS (336) 460-2382. barb@robless.net. As the Franciscan poet, Fr. It was by this dream that convinced the Pope about St. Francis and the Franciscans and thus, Pope Innocent III approved the Rule of St. Francis. Orientation. %���� An example of our Apostolate efforts include helping out with Mass at Abernathy Laurels and Pinecrest Retirement Communities and leading the Franciscan Crown Rosary  for the laity, after the First Friday Mass during Adoration at St. Joseph’s Church in Newton, NC. Together these four pillars all work to support our Fraternity of St. Francis as well as our entire Brothers and Sisters of St. Francis region. • To infuse our daily life with compassion, service, community, simplicity, reverence for creation, dignity of human persons, peacemaking, prayer, and support of family unity. Fr. This foundation includes prayer, discernment and contemplation. Being attentive reflects the desire; pursuing the application reflects the fire. In the poor village of Greccio, Francis created the nativity scene or Creche. Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula Feast Day – August 2, 2017, Rita’s Anniversary – May 26th, 2019. Now, in this 18-lecture course, you will explore the rich spiritual tradition of Francis of Assisi and the work of Pope Francis. The book incorporates principles that Fr. The Fraternity Pillar is the interactive piece aimed at living the formed spirituality with those who are on the same journey. Questions about the Fraternity of St. Clare in Winston-Salem, NC. Formation may include reading and discussing books about St. Francis & St. Clare, or spending time with our Spiritual Assistant or discussing the Pope’s Encyclicals, or digesting the SFO General Constitutions or Rules. 4 0 obj The various pieces which constitute the Spirituality Pillar are aimed at providing the materials for a Franciscan identity and mindset. Finally, he had to be poor (to be able to… Continue Reading Franciscan Spirituality: … The Spirituality Pillar must be anchored in prayer. You can do it for a little while but then you realize that you need the other leg (Action) to attain a stable Spirituality. David Torkington is a Spiritual Theologian, Author and Speaker, who specializes in Prayer, Christian Spirituality and Mystical Theology. There is a Franciscan spirituality with its special emphases, Carmelite spirituality, Ignatian spirituality, etc. Franciscan spirituality is rooted in the general Judeo-Christian, Roman Catholic and Biblical traditions. THE FOUR “C’s” or BASIC PILLARS OF FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY. ���e�w�����;�y��~I>ϫ�o�37�?�=K~�/T>��x�R��?�6�G���߿���u��y�S���%A�䗿~J��V�j稛4�LR�*52���z^̆5����l ��oO�q���d�n�|�]�y��O��|af��[�C��}���_7�#8�%,�alj��Kh꒿���P���\g�:_��'�f-�_ӔI�O�{��J�d�{*/R;WUZF;�������l��h�є>듃�i�*�����ڡ=�[����p�ϰ����6B��~&K�¯�ݮ��C���z�'d�ȧ��T��EH��25��iU_3I>=I ����qL�_֤��G0�����- "p���yN��T3�����xb�&Ok�1IOS����>����}F�:�=]��. We take trips together such as our visit to St. Lawrence Basilica in Asheville, NC, attend annual regional conferences and Franciscan events such as the Transitus with our brothers and sisters at St. Maximillian Kolbe Fraternity in Huntersville. It is Christo-centric focusing primarily on the Incarnate Jesus. 3 0 obj Adrian Dominican Vision Statement, General Chapter, 2004 In any of its forms, prayer is a regular and, possibly, ritualized practice that enables communities and individuals to better know and serve God. “ Our two pillars are the Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, under the mantle of the Magisterium of the Church. He took the weight of the falling church, held it up with his shoulder, and then straightened it back again. Praise for Five Pillars of the Spiritual Life “The publication of Father Spitzer’s book is a happy coincidence, coming after Pope Benedict’s Jesus of Nazareth . Conventual Franciscan Spirituality. The Formation Pillar is intended to mold and shape the individual’s charism throughout their Secular Franciscan journey. Embracing our Franciscan spirituality and its attending Pillars requires continuous action. The interplay among the Four Pillars addresses the content, the approach, the living, and the sharing of the Secular Franciscan life. Franciscan spirituality isn’t just what happens when we Conventual Friars are at Mass and community prayer. Prayer for Discernment. The two pillars are: Penance and The Presence of God in All Creation. Our quest is to nourish and make strong the Spirit of God within us. To focus exclusively on Prayer is like trying to stand on one leg. When St Dominic founded the order he spoke of the sacra praedicatio, or the Holy Preaching. THE FOUR PILLARS SPIRITUALITY, FORMATION, FRATERNITY, APOSTOLATE There are four pillars of foundation on which our Secular Franciscan Way of Life is based. This is not a function to be performed, a work or a mission, but the way in which the brothers live their lives. Secular Franciscans pursue ongoing growth in spirituality utilizing methods such as praying the Liturgy of the Hours once per day, praying the Franciscan Crown Rosary, reading and discussing Church and Franciscan doctrine and spending time in Adoration with our Lord in Church to name a few. It is these two pillars that are the core of the Spirituality of Francis of Assisi. The interplay among the Four Pillars addresses the content, the approach, the living, and the sharing of the Secular Franciscan life. So what makes our specifically Trappist-Cistercian spirituality? We speak freely and easily of Benedictine Spirituality, Franciscan Spirituality, Carmelite Spirituality, and Ignatian Spirituality. It is rooted in the general Trinitarian theology of the Church. Sharing the Franciscan Way of Life. Four Pillars of the Catechism (FPC) Track Track: Directed to any person engaged in teaching ministries at any level, this collection of workshops is the starting place in developing a mastery of the teachings of the Church founded by Jesus Christ. Who was ... the human Jesus and his desire to follow Jesus’ example reflected and reinforced important developments in medieval spirituality. Regional Spiritual Assistant. Formation is never ending and our conversion and growth ongoing whether we are in Inquiry, Candidacy or Professed in our Franciscan vocation. A common fraternal life is part of any sacra praedicatio, part of our preaching. JPIC is the Action part of Franciscan Spirituality. St. Anthony’s also serves as a home base for the Franciscan Missionaries of the Renewal program. THE PILLARS OF DOMINICAN LIFE DOMINICAN SPIRITUALITY FOR THE LAITY INTRODUCTION Anyone who is at all familiar with spiritual literature knows that there are various schools of spirituality. 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