Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Some 50 Quinquennial Congress attendees participated!
See the testimonials at YouTube.com/secularfranciscans.
Monday, July 4, 2016
She asked the “Q” attendees – now up to 620 – what Christ’s greatest comandment was.
“Love God and love your neighbor as yourself,” the audience echoed in several variations.
It can comfort the afflicted. But it can also afflict the comfortable – those who need to be nudged out of their comfort zone in order to better respond to the call of the Gospel.
That’s how Franciscan Father Dan Horan introduced his final and third keynote presentation Sunday, July 3, at the Quinquennial Congress.
He noted that his topic of Racism and Xenophobia may surely make some uncomfortable.
Sunday, July 3, 2016
“Yeah!” the Quinquennial Congress audience murmured in reply.
Brother Keith raised his voice and repeated that statement. “Yeah!” the crowd exclaimed. Then the friar shouted: “ ‘Laudato Si’ is the most Franciscan papal encyclical EVER!” “YEAH!” the audience shouted back.
Thus began Brother Keith’s featured presentation on an encyclical riddled with Franciscan gems.
Francis dreamed of being a warrior knight, but was slapped with the reality of becoming a prisoner of war. His life changed, and eventually he started on a path of discovering and living the Gospel, and becoming a peacemaker.
Saturday, July 2, 2016
|A stunned Sr. Connie|
Q Co-Chair Kate Kleinart put it this way:
“We’re leaving St. Louis a little better than we found it.”
Attendees prepared bags of goodies and personal care items to give to the homeless and struggling families. The products were donated by Secular Franciscans across the country as well as by a few companies.
In other words, it’s about building relationships, noted Capuchin Friar Lester Bach, a featured presenter on Day 2 of the Quinquennial Congress.
Friday, July 1, 2016
A sound of awe murmured through the audience at the Quinquennial Congress Thursday evening (June 30).
“That’s the same thing I said,” he responded to the crowd. Of course, he told the editor, “yes!”
Thursday, June 30, 2016
That comment by Fr. Pio Jackson, OFM, perhaps summed up best what the opening of the Quinquennial Congress meant to a throng of Secular Franciscans, friars and religious sisters.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Sunday, April 24, 2016
There are hotel rooms for everyone! A contract has been signed with the Pear Tree Hotel - which is minutes from the Renaissance hotel. The room rate is $89.99 per night and that same rate will hold for a few days before and a few days after the events of the Q.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Gallon-size ziplock bags will be filled with travel-size toiletries, snacks, socks, etc. and, at the end of the Q, donated to St. Anthony’s Food Pantry, which provides food and clothing to those in need in St. Louis.
Monday, February 1, 2016
Be an encourager. If members of your fraternity would like to come to the Q but are hesitant, let them know what a wonderful family reunion it will be. If they need financial assistance, encourage them to apply for a scholarship (at right).