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By Erin Schurenburg It began in Aachen, Germany, on Pentecost Sunday, 1845. Sister Gertrude Frank approached the soon-to-be foundress of the Sisters of the Poor of St. Francis, Blessed Frances Schervier, about a new congregation. In 1858, it spread to the United States. What was referred to then as the

Sponsored Content The Franciscans of St. John the Baptist Province follow Jesus Christ, by following the example and life of St. Francis of Assisi, to proclaim the Gospel by Words and Actions. The Friars Minor and many Franciscan Brothers and Sisters, have all kept the spirit of St. Francis of

Staff Report Father Jeff Scheeler, provincial minister for the Franciscan Friars headquartered in Cincinnati, was one of more than 150 leaders of the Orders of Friars Minor who gathered in Assisi, Italy in May for the order’s month-long general chapter. Many of the leaders took time out to visit Rome and

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  VATICAN CITY — Ineffective budgetary oversight and “questionable” financial activities have plunged the Order of Friars Minor into significant debt and an extremely serious financial situation, its minister general said. Following an internal investigation into the order’s finances, U.S. Franciscan Father Michael Perry, the

Staff Report Franciscan Friars of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati continue to staff their ministry of presence at a storefront in Cincinnati’s Northgate Mall and in conjunction with that effort, they’re building momentum for a new online viral challenge. Dubbed the Peace Prayer Challenge, the act is simple. The Friars are

Shoppers gather outside a small ministry run by the Franciscan Friars of the St. John the Baptist province at Cincinnati’s Northgate Mall last year. (CT Photo/John Stegeman)
By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph Last year the Franciscan Friars of the St. John the Baptist province took up a prime retail spot in a major area mall during the Christmas shopping season and didn’t sell one thing. This year, the Friars’ popular “ministry of presence” will return, bringing

Poor Clare Sisters look on during a ceremony. (CT Photo/Colleen Kelley)
By Eileen Connelly, OSU The Catholic Telegraph It was with prayer and gratitude that two women made their permanent commitment to life as Poor Clares during separate ceremonies in recent months, supported by their fellow sisters, family members, friends and local Franciscan friars. Both ceremonies took place at St. Clement

By John Stegeman The Catholic Telegraph Some retail outlets began playing Christmas music this year the day after Halloween to remind customers that the shopping days before Christmas were dwindling. Time is running out, they say, to get great last-minute deals on this year’s Tickle-Me-Elmo, ZhuZhu Pet or whatever fad

Monday, May 18, 2009 CATHEDRAL DEANERY — Wearing a brown Roger Bacon High School cardigan, Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk fit right in with the brown-robed friars of the St. John the Baptist Province when he became affiliated with the Franciscans during a recent ceremony. The affiliation was a ceremonial gesture

Wednesday, April 22, 2009 By David Eck CATHEDRAL DEANERY — It’s not often that a group can celebrate two significant anniversaries simultaneously, but  Franciscans in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati experienced that unique blessing. More than 450 people filled the Cathedral of St. Peter in Chains April 16 to recognize the