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Congratulations to newly elected Regional Executive Council

Posted by on Aug 19, 2016 in Announcements | 0 comments

Our new Regional Executive Council members were elected on Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016 at our ARG. Congrats to all as they begin their servant leadership! Please remember us in your prayers. Minister – DorothyAnn Rowland Vice Minister- Carmen Madero Secretary – Barbara Garrison Treasurer – Ken Brooke Formation Director – Dianne Ambrose Area 1 Councilors – Lannie Newman  and  Lori Moran Area 2 Councilors – Sara Nell Boggs and Janet Holshuf Area 3 Councilors – Bob Pearson and Carolyn...

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New Regional Resources and Spiritual Assistant Information

Posted by on Apr 8, 2015 in Announcements | 0 comments

New Regional Resources and Spiritual Assistant Information

New resources are now available on the regional resources page. A new page detailing information about the 2016-2017 Spiritual Assistant Program is also available in the ‘About Us’ section of the website.

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Priestly Ordination of friar Gabriel Scasino, OFM Conv.

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Priestly Ordination of friar Gabriel Scasino, OFM Conv.

On February 14, 2015,  friar Gabriel Mary Scasino, OFM Conv. was ordained to priesthood.  St Philip Benezi Catholic Church in Jonesboro, Ga. had the honored to host this joyous and historic event. Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv. (former Pastor of St. Philip’s and St John Vianney and now Bishop of Savannah) was the Ordaining Bishop.  Father James McCurry, OFM Conv., minister provincial of Our Lady of the Angels Province of the Conventual Franciscans, also participated in the ordination. For more details please see the Georgia Bulletin article by Nichole...

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2015 Winter Communio

Posted by on Jan 2, 2015 in Announcements | 0 comments

2015 Winter Communio

The 2015 Winter issue of the Communio Newletter is now available for download: 2015 Winter Communio All available back issues are available as well on our newsletter webpage.

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Summer Issue of TAU-USA

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

Summer Issue of TAU-USA

The Summer Issue of TAU-USA is now on the web. See https://www.nafra-sfo.org/tau-usa/tau_newarticles.html as well as the Spanish version and several Korean articles.

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From Gospel To Life Videos

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

From Gospel To Life Videos

The English and bilingual versions of the “From Gospel To Life” videos presented at the 2014 Annual Regional Gathering are now available on this website. Y0u can see both on the video page and below:  ...

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How does God speak to me this day?

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Minister's Message | 0 comments

How does God speak to me this day?

As I prepared to attend the National Chapter of the Secular Franciscan Order (Oct. 21–26), I was reminded of the theme selected at last year’s chapter for 2014: “Be the Merciful Presence of God.” How am I doing in living this theme? How does God speak to me this day? As I think about what to share in my Minister’s Message this quarter, I need only turn to his word. The day I wrote this happened to be Oct. 13. Our morning prayer was taken from Week IV of the Psalter. In our intercessions we prayed: “We praise you Lord, we hope in you. We thank you because you are rich in mercy, and for the abundant love with which you have loved us. With the Father you are always at work in the world, make all things new through the power of your Holy Spirit. Open our eyes and the eyes of our brothers (and sisters), to see your wonders this day. You call us today to your service, make us stewards of your many gifts.” And in our vocation prayers for Monday we intoned: “O God, you have given us the mission of sharing the Good News of your Kingdom with all people…..” In the Mass readings for the day, St. Paul reminds us: “For freedom Christ set us free” (Gal 5:1). In our responsorial psalm (Ps 113:1–2, 3–4, 5, 6–7) we pray, “Blessed be the name of the Lord forever. From the rising to the setting of the sun is the name of the Lord to be praised. High above all nations is the Lord; above the heavens is his glory. Who is like the Lord, our God, who looks upon the heavens and the earth below? He raises up the lowly from the dust; from the dunghill he lifts up the poor.” In the Gospel of Luke (Lk 11:29–32) for this day, Jesus admonishes the crowd and tells them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no  sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. … [A]t the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.” St. Gregory the Great, in his meditation on this Gospel passage, quotes St. Paul and tells us “signs are for unbelievers, not believers.” He further states: “Every day the Church works in the Spirit what the Apostles once did in the flesh. When its priests lay their hands on believers through the gift of exorcism forbidding evil spirits to dwell in their hearts, what else are they doing but casting out demons? And what else are we doing when we leave behind the language of the world for the words of the sacred mysteries, when we express as best we can the praise and power of our Creator, if not speaking in new tongues? “When we remove malice from another’s heart by our good word are we not, so to speak, picking up serpents? And when we hear the wisdom of the world, but choose not to act on it, surely we have drunk poison and survived. As often as we catch sight of our sister or brother stumbling on life’s path, and we gather round them with all our strength, and support them by our presence, what...

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Fall Communio Available

Posted by on Nov 9, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

Fall Communio Available

The 2014 Fall issue of the Communio Newletter is now available for download: 2014 Fall Issue All available back issues are available as well on our newsletter webpage.

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Spiritual Assistant Training Program

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Spiritual Assistant Training Program

We will begin taking applications and registrations for the next BSSF-SA Training Program after the 2015 Annual Regional Gathering. Until then, please look over the current program information and registration forms and course syllabus. Pray and discern if the Holy Spirit could be calling you to be a BSSF-OFS Spiritual...

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Summer Communio Available

Posted by on Aug 29, 2014 in Announcements | 0 comments

Summer Communio Available

The 2014 Summer issue of the Communio Newletter is now available for download: 2014 Summer Issue All available back issues are available as well on our newsletter...

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