for Bishop, transition team, community, friars, vocations, other locations going through the process.
Join in Prayer…
Words of prayer (From a SFA parishioner):
“While sitting with the news in prayer, going back and forth between heartbroken and hopeful, remembering that the only reason I am still Catholic today is because of this church, this community, Franciscan Spirituality, the openness and love of the Friars…but I realized I was looking at this whole situation through a lens of fear. When I took a minute to look through the lens of love, I was filled with hope. The thing I heard loud and clear from God was, Don’t be afraid!
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
When I looked on with fear, all I felt was dread and sadness. When I went to God with thanksgiving for all that this community has been to me and prayed for peace in my heart about the transition I realized that God is bigger than all my fear. God is bigger than the Friars. God’s understanding is beyond our understanding and God can bring hope and peace even in the dread and sadness. God is in each and every one of us. The Franciscan Spirit/Spirituality lives in each of us. The Friars are amazing and I love them dearly and I will miss them like crazy. AND God is bigger than the loss of the Friars. The peace of God transcends all understanding. The Franciscan Spirit will live on in this community.”
– Jessica Kelly
The transition team will create opportunities to listen and to gather feedback. Your input is wanted. Your gifts are needed. Your skills and talents will help.