April 25, 2008

Chapter, Continued

The last day of Chapter was pretty exciting. Our General Minister, Brother Mauro Jöhri, preached on the feast of St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen, announcing that it was people from his own region of Switzerland who had martyred the saint. But he then explained how, four hundred years later, Catholics and Protestants were able to celebrate their local feast days together. He admonished us that perhaps we could begin to heal the schism in our own province of the Capuchin Order--that is, with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal--in a shorter time frame.

In a very bittersweet event for me, the pastor of the church where I work (and guardian of our friary) was elected Provincial Minister. He's a great choice to lead our province, but we will be sorry to lose him as pastor.

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