Prepare the Way of the Lord November 29, 2009Posted by Ted Witham in : Franciscan, News, Resources , add a comment
1. Christmas Unshopping: BUY NOTHING THIS CHRISTMAS!
? Give no gifts this Christmas
? Explain to your family that you are using your economic power to help the poorest by giving no gifts. Often, the gifts we give are useless or unwanted.
? Instead, make gifts or cards which are so much more personal.
? Join the Advent conspiracy. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0o3C5yH77A&feature=related)
? Give Christmas gifts directly to the poor through Oxfam Unwrapped, Christian Blind Mission Gifts of Life, or the Tear Fund.
3. Pray differently. Maybe:
• More silence
• More meditation
• More reflective reading of Scripture
• Fewer words
• Different symbols (candles, ikons, etc.)
Comment on the “Advent Challenge” here. Is it Franciscan enough? Is it too idealistic? Will you try to do some of it? All of it?
DINGHY APPEAL ALMOST TO TARGET
Our Appeal to raise money for a dinghy to transport Tertiaries and others in PNG was launched in January of this year. We are almost there, with over $9,000 in the bank; almost another $2,000 is needed.
Nearly $3,000 of this was raised by John Clarkson (Minister NSW-B). The Province congratulates John for a terrific effort, the centrepiece of which was a bikeathon on the Eve of the Feast of St Francis.
Read on to be inspired, encouraged and challenged. Click here for the rest of the article.
THE POVERTY AND JUSTICE BIBLE
Our JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation) group recommends this anthology, which gives more than 2,000 verses from the scriptures on poverty and justice.
Word bookstores have this on special at the moment.
ADVENT WITH FRANCISCANS INTERNATIONAL
Each week during Advent, Franciscans International will post a letter to help us journey towards Christmas. The letter for Week 1 is here .
Franciscans International seek financial support for their work. Please add your donation when paying your subscription (there is a space for this), or send it directly to our Treasurer Geoff Jordan, marked “Franciscans International”.
CHRISTIANS AND LESBIAN, GAY, BI- AND TRANS-SEXUAL PEOPLE
The group charged by Chapter with sensitively creating studies to help us explore non-heterosexualities and the Church has begun its work. We are finding out that the task is complex, and we are currently reading a challenging book edited by Stephen Hunt, Contemporary Christianity and LGBT sexualities. A summary of the book is on Ted Witham’s blog. If you are interested in reading this book, please ask to borrow it from one of the committee (Ted, Tony Hall-Matthews, Glenys McCarrick, Esmé Parker and Colin Valentine).
EDITOR STILL NEEDED
Ted Witham has been editing the newsletter only because no-one in our community has come forward to take on this important ministry of communication. If you think God is calling you to this task, please talk to Ted or your Regional Minister.
You need to be able to work with Microsoft Word (a template is provided), and gather material from the many areas of our community. There is a laser printer available to print copies, and someone else can organise the postage and distribution of copies.
Please pray about this. The need is great.
Peace, joy and love
Ted Witham tssf
Seriously Joyful: Australian Tertiaries November 16, 2009Posted by Ted Witham in : Franciscan, News , add a comment
Minister Provincial, Ted Witham, has written an article based on questionnaires sent to Australian Tertiaries earlier in 2009.
Ted concludes that Australians are inspired by their Rule of Life to live ‘seriously joyful’ in the spirit of St Francis.
Click here to read the article.
International Third Order is now on Facebook! October 27, 2009Posted by Ted Witham in : Franciscan, News , add a comment
At their meeting in Western Australia in August this year, the Ministers-Provincial and the Minister General decided to experiment with a Facebook page.
The page is primarily for people wondering about a vocation to the Third Order, and it directs people to the web-sites of each Province.
It also encourages Franciscans [and all Christians] with short quotes from St Francis, the Scriptures and other places.
You can visit this new page here.
TEN HURRAHS FOR CHRISTMAS! December 23, 2008Posted by Ted Witham in : Blogs, Franciscan, Spirituality , add a comment
It is easy for Christians to criticise Christmas with its consumerism and sentimentality for example. But as a Franciscan, I resist giving oxygen to the negativity of the Christmas critics.
St Francis was positive. The San Damiano crucifix told him to repair the church, not point out its ruins and its faults. So, I have compiled a list of the 10 Things St Francis would approve in our culture’s celebration of our Lord’s Nativity.
1. Christmas cribs and other Nativity displays which show the birth of Jesus in poverty.
2. People filling churches and flocking to Carols by Candlelight to be touched in some way by the story of Christmas.
3. Christmas lunches put on for the homeless and the poor.
4. Politicians taking real action to help the homeless.
5. The financial system reflecting on the fall of Wall Street, and looking for ways to lift the poor in developing nations out of poverty.
6. Families are gathering in joy.
7. Donors to Christmas Bowl, Christian Blind Mission, and countless other charities.
8. Artists, singers, writers of carols and poems communicating the Gospel story.
9. Peacemakers in Palestine/Israel… and everywhere else.
10. Muslims, Hindus and others, who love Christmas as well as Christians do.
SSF Video on YouTube August 25, 2008Posted by brnathan in : Franciscan, Presentation Resources, Resources , add a comment
I have uploaded my first attempt at doing a video to give people a brief overview of our community onto Youtube. Please visist YouTube and comment, rate, the video. Also if you use a social networking site such as MySpace, Facebook etc, or have a website or blog, please consider either embedding (the best option) the video in your site or linking to the site at YouTube. If you’re not sure how to link or embed the video to your website, blog, MySpace, Facebook etc, or to link to it at YouTube please email me and I’ll try and help.
You can view the video at YouTube here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhfkeAj37fU
Br Nathan-James SSF
Please feel free to send comments, thoughts suggestions to me also if you don’t want to post to this site, or YouTube. Email Br Nathan-James.
New Edition of TSSF Newlsetter March 29, 2008Posted by dwhite in : Franciscan, Provincial Newsletter , comments closed
The first 2008 edition of the TSSF Australia and East Asia Newsletter can now be downloaded from this link.
Friends of the Monastery October 26, 2007Posted by dwhite in : Franciscan, News, Resources, Spirituality , 2comments
The ‘Friends of the Monastery inc.” is a non-profit organisation which was formed to care for the Monastery of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Stroud, after the Second Order Sisters vacated the premises and it’s future was uncertain.
We aim to preserve it’s Franciscan ethos, promote Franciscan spirituality and provide an oasis of spiritual and physical refreshment for weary souls and bodies who seek respite there; and a sacred space for parishes and other groups to hold retreats or workshops etc. We are committed to praying for the future of the Monastery. We work closely with the First Order Brothers, whose Hermitage is on the same piece of land, and who care for the grounds; and the Society of St Francis Association, Inc. who own it. We rely on income from hiring the Monastery out and on our ‘Friends’ membership fees to maintain it.
The unique mud-brick buildings of the Monastery, including the beautiful Chapel with it’s hand-made stained glass, rock and camphor laurel altar and Sister Angela’s woodcarving, are resonant with the prayers of the many hundreds of spiritual pilgrims who have found solace and strength there.
A labyrinth has recently been constructed, and everything lies peacefully in a natural bush setting. Please find a membership form below!
God’s peace be with you.
Pirrial Clift, tssf,
Chairperson of the Friends of the Monastery, Inc.
Friends of the Monastery Brochure
Seeking St Francis Day at Stroud June 25, 2007Posted by dwhite in : Franciscan, News, Spirituality , add a comment
If you are within a couple of hours of Stroud, north of Newcastle, NSW, you may like to attend the “Seeking St Francis” Day being held on August 11. For more information, see the brochure
Bishop Jim Kelsey n/TSSF dies June 4, 2007Posted by Ted Witham in : Franciscan, News , add a comment
Jim Kelsey, Bishop of Northern Michigan in The Episcopal Church died yesterday in a car accident. Bishop Jim was a Novice in the Third Order and Bishop Protector of the First Order Sisters (Community of Saint Francis) for the Americas.
You can read more at http://www.episcopalchurch.org/79901_86478_ENG_HTM.htm
May God surround his wife Mary, his family, and his Franciscan friends with love and consolation – and may Jim be received into the joyous company of Francis, Clare and all the saints.
Franciscan Blogs May 15, 2007Posted by brnathan in : Blogs, Franciscan , add a comment
A blog is short for web log (or journal, diary etc). A blog is a means of sharing your thoughts, opinions, feelings, reflections etc on topics of interest. They range from travel blogs to more profound and philosophical discussions. Authors can post material and visitors can add comments, opening up a series of discussions on the topic of question.
A list of related blogs on a person’s blog is often referred to as a blog roll. On the right hand menu you will find a blog roll, or series of links, to blogs authored by members of the Third Order, First Order and SSF Companions. Why not check them out and participate in topics which interest you. If you find a topic (post) which interests you simply click on the comments link at the top of the post and add your two cents worth.
An extension of this method of content management has been used on this web site to allow visitors to not only view information on the Third Order, but to participate in discussions on St Francis, St Clare, Franciscan Spirituality and religious life. Feel free to explore this site and participate in discussions.