January 2017

We had a wonderful meeting on January 14th.  Due icy weather we had to postpone our elections until our next meeting in February.

Pax Et Bonum, John

Franciscan News

• A real loss in our Franciscan Family with the passing of Fr. Michael Scanlon, T.O.R. who help make Franciscan University at Steubenville a top rated university.  Story LINK

• Good article from Fr. Pat McClosky on Saint Francis and His Artisans of Peace. Story LINK


Notes for January

Attendance Janaury 14, 2017: Sheila, Carl, John, Becca, Jon, Therese, Martha, Elizabeth, and Kathleen.

1) Elections:  The elections were scheduled for January, but were postponed to February due to icy roads.  Bob Longo, O.F.S. and Brother Matt will be coming to our February 11th meeting.  Please continue to keep Rita Colleran in your prayers, and keep carefully discern a calling to leadership and service.

2) Formation:  We viewed the DVD from this Summer's Q gathering to see Fr. Dan Horan, O.F.M. give an inspiring talk about Racism and Xenophobia.  It was a great talk that spurred a lot of debate as we began to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this weekend.

4) Next meeting will be on February 11th at 12:15pm 

5) John will be organizing the showing of the new series, The Pivotal Players on the saints from Bishop Robert Barron this Winter at Incarnation.  John is hoping for your help, and the first part of the series is on St. Francis of Assisi and will be an opportunity for vocations awareness for the OFS at these events.


6) Treasury:  Thanks for all you donations, we collected $100 in free will offerings.

7) John reports working with NAFRA Social Media to help bring a new website and other resources for vocations.


Fraternity Milestones:


• Phil Klim - January 18th

• Carl Stacy - February 18th

Profession Anniversaries:

• No January or February Anniversaries

Remembrance for those who have gone before us:

• Mary Benza, O.F.S. 

Upcoming Dates:

• Sunday, January 22nd at 3pm - Coffee and Conversations w/Sheila

• Saturday, January 28th at 10am - Trader Joe's Food Ministry

• Saturday, February 11th at 12:15pm - next monthly meeting + elections

• April 1, 2017 — Seventh Annual Day of Reflection for Inquirers, Candidates and Newly Professed. St. Anthony Shrine, Ellicott City, Md.

• April 28-30, 2017— Regional Retreat. PriestField Retreat Center, Kearneysville, W.Va.

• October 6-8, 2017 — Formation Directors Weekend. Loyola Retreat House, Faulkner, Md. 

New logo developed by NAFRA.  It is hoped that consistent good branding used in our publications and websites will help with interest in vocations.  Note -- we are getting away from using the term "NAFRA"

Mercy in Action

Our fraternity is beginning a new work of mercy to help our parish food bank each month.  We will be making a monthly pick-up of food at Trader Joe's.  Sheila reports that this ministry is now serving 140 area families, who receive needed food each week.  On Saturday December 24th & 31st we filled-up 5 cars with food and delivered to the NEW Food Ministry Area. Thanks for everyone's help.

NEXT PICK-UP:  Saturday, January 28th at 10am


Prayer Wall on our fraternity website

Please check out our new Prayer Wall on our fraternity website:

• You can submit your prayers and view them on the prayer wall.

• Click on prayers to send message that they are prayed for.

• Submissions can also be made anonymously.

• You can check box to get a daily e-mail of how many people prayed for you.

Prayer Wall LINK

Prayer Wall Submissions LINK


Please follow the wonderful daily reflections from Deacon Tom Bello, O.F.S. and other writers in our Franciscan Family at MercyHour.org


Newsletter of the Mount LaVerna Fraternity from Charlottesville, Virginia

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