We’re Now Meeting in Paw Paw!

We’re now meeting at St. Mary’s Church in Paw Paw, Michigan. We still meet on the third Sunday of each month at 2PM. Please come and visit us if you are interested in finding out more about the Franciscans!

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Latest Regional Newsletter Published

To see recent Regional Newsletters, including the latest one, click HERE.

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Our Fraternity Retreat

On September 24th we enjoyed a day-long retreat together. Leaving from the Kalamazoo area, we journeyed to Schererville, Indiana, where we lunched at a local restaurant, then went to the Shrine of Christ’s Passion for the afternoon. After visiting the Stations of the Cross, we attended Mass at St. John the Evangelist Parish before making our way home.

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We will be planning a spiritual event, one-day trip or retreat every year for Divine Providence Fraternity. Please bring your ideas for next year to fraternity meetings.

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A Great Talk on the New Evangelization

Sherry A. Weddell
Meyer Lecturer at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary
Mundelein, IL

Sherry Weddell is the author of one of the most important Catholic books of this decade. Published in 2012, it is still a best-seller, and is being increasingly referenced in other Catholic works. This little paperback book has turned out to be a landmark in Catholic studies.

The book: Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Loving Jesus, Sherry A. Weddell, 2012. ISBN: 978-1612785905

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August 2 – The Assisi Pardon

The Assisi Pardon, also known as the Portiuncula Indulgence, is in 2 weeks. Click HERE for more information.

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Laudato Si by Fr. Dan Horan – Video Series

All of the episodes have been posted in Youtube.
This is a great way to get “up to speed” on Church teaching and the videos are free.

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The Wild Goose Project


by Dave Pivonka TOR

The Wild Goose Project is a 14-part series about the Holy Spirit by Fr. Dave Pivonka TOR. The Project can be found online HERE. Go there for more information.

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Divine Providence Fraternity Elections

Please welcome our new local fraternity council–

Minister: Jan Kaeding OFS
Vice Minister: Theresa Sehy OFS
Secretary: Jennifer Steele OFS
Treasurer: Lindy Luster-Bartz OFS
Councilor: Jim Goethals OFS

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L to R: Lindy, Jan, Jennifer, Jim

Many thanks to Jim Graczyk OFS and Jim Howard OFS for coming to help us with our elections!

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Laudato Si – Encyclical by Pope Francis

To go directly to the copy on the Vatican’s website, click HERE.

The encyclical can be read right from your computer screen, or you can print it or save it in PDF form. Look for the print or PDF icons in the upper right hand corner of the page.

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Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology

Will be posted here when it is released on Thursday. The encyclical is named after the recurring line “Praised be You,”  in the Canticle of the Creatures.  It’s rendered “Laudato Si” in Latin (Be Praised!). The Canticle of the Creatures is also sometimes called the Canticle of the Sun and some articles will probably refer to it that way in the coming days.

NB: Reading this, you might say “What creatures?” The word “creatures” in contemporary English generally means specifically “animals,” but this is a translated word in an old usage. Here it means all the beings and things created by God, inclusive.

The Canticle of the Creatures

Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honor, and all blessing,
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no human is worthy to mention Your name.
Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day and through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendor;
and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather,
through whom You give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night,
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us,
and who produces various fruit with colored flowers and herbs.

Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your love,
and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, shall they be crowned.

Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.

Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.

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