The Franciscan Legacy from the 13th Century to the 21st

Assessing the Continuing Significance of St Francis and Franciscan Traditions of Theology, Spirituality, and Action

A Conference in Honour of the 800th Anniversary of St Francis’ Meeting with Sultan Malek Al-Kamil
Hosted by the Durham University Centre for Catholic Studies and Sponsored by the Franciscan Families of the UK and Ireland, with support from Ushaw and The Tablet
Tues 5 – Thurs 7 November 2019 in Durham City and Ushaw College, Durham, UK

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Laypeople seeking a monastic life in the modern world

This is an interesting article published in this months U.S Catholic that I thought I’d share and see if anyone else finds it interesting!?  It rings a bell with me and I wonder if I’m not the only one?  I don’t mean that I agree that oblates and/or third orders are the future of monastic life, but that I identify (to a certain extent) with the desire to seek a more contemplative life – which is why I’m interested in becoming a Secular Franciscan.

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Members’ Musings

Before you read this post, you may wish to read the post made earlier this morning in which, among other things, your prayers are requested for our National Elective Chapter which begins today.

This is a space for members to reflect gently, ponder, share views, or to mount their soapbox in the tradition of Speakers’ Corner and hold forth, on whatever aspect of the order they feel moved to comment on.

Or perhaps you might like to mention a book or article that you have read and enjoyed (or not enjoyed!).

This “Members’ Musings” post can be easily accessed at any time, either in the near future, or many months hence, by going to the right hand sidebar of the website, scrolling down to the heading “Categories” and clicking on the category “Members’ Musings”. Please make your contribution by including your text as a comment to this post.

If this post does generate an extensive range of comments, queries and issues, then we could consider setting up a standalone forum for discussions.

You may also wish to add a prayer here.

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