This year, the National Catholic Development Conference (NCDC) celebrated 50 years of gathering with fundraising and development colleagues to share, network, learn, pray and support each other.
When Br. Gregory Lucrezia, SA, talks about Assisi, Italy, you can hear the love in his voice. “I think Assisi is really the place to be. It’s incredible.” Roughly two hours from Rome, Assisi is accustomed to visitors who want to walk in the footsteps of St. Francis.
This fall has been a time of celebration for the entire community of Friars as we witnessed the profession of vows and vow renewals of three men in formation. These milestones are an opportunity for the Friars to recommit to their own vows as well as extend their welcome to the newly professed.
The following reflection is from Sam Janson, a 2016 participant in the Franciscan At-One-Ment Mission Project—an eight-week summer discernment internship which includes living with the Friars while engaging in the Friars’ ministries. Sam lived at and ministered to the men of St. Christopher’s Inn. He is pictured next to St. Christopher’s Inn bell.
Fr. Tom Orians, SA, shared the charism of Fr. Paul and the Atonement Friars with many individuals and families at “The Fest” in Cleveland.
While September has only been recognized as National Recovery Month for the past seven years, the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement have been welcoming men in need of recovery to their home on the Holy Mountain of Graymoor for more than 110 years.
Fr. Dan Callahan, SA, completed his 17th Lake Placid Ironman race on July 28, 2018! Beginning with a 2.4-mile swim, followed by a grueling 112-mile bike trail through the Adirondack Mountains, and then a 26.2 mile run, Fr. Dan demonstrated physical, emotional, mental, and even spiritual discipline by completing this extraordinary race.
Eric Britt offers the following reflection upon recently completing the Franciscan At-One-Ment Mission Project—a summer discernment internship which includes living with the Friars while studying in Rome about “Ecumenical and Interreligious Movements from a Catholic Perspective.”