Dr. Aaron Hollander, Ph.D. has joined the staff as an Associate Director. Dr. Hollander has his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School and a Master's degree from the Irish School of Ecumenics.
Franciscan Friars of the Atonement from all over the world gathered together in Maryland for the 18th General Chapter Meeting. This meeting takes place every five years and lasts for ten days. During this time of reflection and prayer, the Friars elect new councilors to serve as the Board of Directors for the Friars worldwide throughout their five-year term.
On Friday, October 4th, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement will hold their 26th Annual Sharing Hope Celebration Dinner at the Pierre Hotel in New York City, where over two hundred and fifty guests will be in attendance.
We are excited to welcome three collegiate men—Kevin Marston, Dave Sebastian and Dalton LaTessa—to discern the call to religious life as participants in Franciscan for the Summer. Franciscan for the Summer is an eight-week immersion from mid-June to mid-August for college-aged men to discern religious life with the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement and participate in one of their ministries.
Today is Trinity Sunday. Our faith tells us there is but one God, and in thy one God there are three persons - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The three persons are really distinct: the Father is not the Son, the Son is not the Father, and the Holy Spirit is neither the Father nor the Son.
Today in the Gospel we read that the disciples of Jesus were hiding. They were hiding in fear behind closed and locked doors. They were shutting out the rest of the world which was hostile, persecuting and terrifying. They felt better huddled together, in isolation and planning what to do next, and where to go.
In our Gospel today we read the prayer of Jesus the night before he died. It is the longest prayer in the Bible. He says, “Father, most Holy, protect them which You have given Me. I gave them Your word and the world has hated them for it. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. I do not ask You to take them out of the world, but to guard them from the evil one. As You have sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world.”