Hazel Naughton was professed into San Damiano (Inverness) fraternity on 12 October. The Mass was held in Huntly which is mid-way between Inverness and and the fraternity in Ellon (Christ the King). Hazel’s family came along to support her. Many of you will remember Hazel’s husband, Michael Naughton ofs (d. Nov 2007). It was a joyful gathering of members and friends.
Tomorrow, during the ongoing Synod of Bishops on the family, we celebrate the canonization of a member of the OFS, Zélie Martin, who will be canonized along with her husband Louis. The couple, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, will be the first-ever married couple with children to be canonized in the same ceremony. In March, the Pope had recognized a miracle attributed to the French couple. Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, has described Louis and Zélie Martin as “an extraordinary witness of conjugal and family spirituality.”
Married in 1858, Louis and Zélie had nine children. Four died in infancy while the remaining five entered religious life. During their marriage, the couple was known to attend Mass daily, pray and fast, visit the elderly and the sick and welcome the poor into their home.
From a Vatican Radio briefing
Finding St Francis Film
“Finding St Francis” is a film created by a small group of Franciscans. It will be on sale from November 6th. It was filmed in a friary of the Society of St Francis in Dorset and tells the story of St Francis but with the response and involvement of some of our contemporaries. Paula, our National Minister, will go to a showing on Nov 5th and write a review for us.
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Mostar 2015: A report by Christine Frendo, our national Youth minister, on the 2nd European OFS and Youfra Congress, held at Mostar, a city in southern Bosnia and Herzegovina, between 17th August to 23rd August 2015. The main Themes of the congress were Family, Inter-religious Dialogue and Care for all of Creation.
12 Weeks of Franciscan Peace 3rd October to 25th December: In the weeks leading up to Christmas, Dorothy Harte invites us to pray the prayer for the 12 Weeks of Franciscan Peace prepared by Carolyn D Townes, the JPIC animator for the OFS national fraternity in the USA.
Two members of the Ipswich ‘Blessed John Duns Scotus’ Fraternity – Mary Lambert ofs and David Morton ofs – made their professions to Edwin Edwards ofs, Fraternity Minister. This was witnessed by Fr Patrick Lonsdale OFM during the East Anglian Regional Day of Recollection Mass held at St Mary’s Church, Ipswich, on Saturday 19th September.
Professions (see Professions page here) are something we can all celebrate. May we be united with them in prayer as they continue their Franciscan journey.
Congratulations Mary and David!