Fr. Bob Prays the Rosary

Fr. Bob’s Greeting – March 2023 Enews

February 22, 2023
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We are in the Lenten season, which will lead us to Holy Week. It is strange that we call it that because it is seven days of political corruption, moral cowardice, and physical violence. In the middle of all this is Jesus, the Lord who points us in other directions. On Holy Thursday, the night before He dies, He gives us His greatest gift, His very self, under the form of bread and wine. Then He does something unbelievable. He takes a towel and water and washes the feet of His disciples. And He tells them, if I your Lord and teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. In other words, care for each other right here and now, where we meet to eat this meal. Many of us have problems. Some of us are hurting because of addictions, because of loss of family or jobs, because of illness, because of old age, or because we feel unloved or unlovable. Some are hurting because they feel they have hurt so many. Do you think for a moment you are unique, alone on a cross? For one, we all hurt because we are men and women fashioned of fragile flesh and sensitive spirit, all needing to be loved. But when we come together and share the Eucharist, we become united with Christ and with each other. You become one with those around you, and the Lord asks us to care about each other. Remember His words. I have given you an example. Do this in memory of me.

Friars Featured in OSV Week of Prayer Story

February 20, 2023
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity continues to draw media attention, with the Friars’ involvement in the annual event recognized in Our Sunday Visitor News. The article covered the history of the Week of Prayer in America, as well as the theology of Ecumenism and the life of Servant of God Fr. Paul Wattson, SA Fr. Jim Gardiner, SA, and Fr. Jim Loughran, SA, who were quoted in the article, gave their perspectives on Christian Unity and commented on this year’s theme, “Do Good; Seek Justice.” To read the story, click here.
Brother Alfonso DeRuva Renews Vows

Brother Alfonso DeRuvo Renews Vows as Atonement Friar

February 15, 2023
Saint Francis removed himself of worldly interests, opting instead to follow the Gospel and connect himself to the teachings of Jesus. Brother Alfonso DeRuva, SA, chose to follow in Saint Francis’ footsteps four years ago, receiving his habit and entering the Society of the Atonement.
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Celebrating Black History Month at Graymoor

February 14, 2023
Each February, we observe Black History Month, recognizing the central role that African Americans have played in our country. Over the years at Graymoor, there have been several Black Friars who faithfully served the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.
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