Enfield Montessori and Chiaravalle Academy Celebrate the International Day of Peace
On September 21st, Enfield Montessori School and Chiaravalle Academy embraced the International Day of Peace by assembling students to spell out the word PEACE on the school’s lawn. EMSCA has a rich history of using this technique to draw attention to its Felician identity and how it demonstrates it understanding of the Felician Core Values for Ministry.
OLSH Honors Mission & Heritage Week by Telling the Deep Story
With the support of OLSH’s Mission Leader Phil McCarren and other faculty members, OLSH developed beautiful videos outlining the humble beginnings of St. Francis and Blessed Mary Angela. OLSH shared these videos broadly across Facebook (link below to see both videos) in order to tell the deep story of the origins of the religious congregations which OLSH works so hard to embody today. Visitors to OLSH can often sense a deep embodiment of the Felician Franciscan identity; these videos help to further articulate it for a greater audience.
Madonna University: Mission & Heritage Week Celebration
On October 9th, members of the Madonna University Community and their guests acknowledged the conclusion of Mission and Heritage Week during an interfaith ceremony and blessing near the Gazebo on campus. In addition to prayer, guests heard the story of Francis and the Sultan once again, highlighting the importance of interfaith dialogue and respect.
Fr. Sante DeAngelis, OFM, blessed the statue of St. Francis that was recently installed in front of Villa St. Francis. Villa St. Francis prays that St. Francis’ image inspires us all to live the Felician Core Values for Ministry. Afterward, Fr. Sante offered the traditional St. Francis Pet Blessings to many furry recipients. SM Victoria Richardson accompanied him on his act of service.
To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis and the first day of Heritage Week, with the incredible support of St. Felix Centre’s partners at @thewestwayanimalclinic SFC hosted a free Pet Vaccine Clinic at the 69 Fraser Ave location. They saw many cats and dogs from the community come in to receive their vaccinations as well as a general check up on their health. Through donations sourced by Westway Animal Clinic, St. Felix Centre was also able to hand out free pet food and other supplies!
Pilgrimage 2023: Deepening the Franciscan Culture of the Ministries
The last two weeks of September 2023, Felician pilgrims from Toronto, Buffalo, Chicago, Livonia, Beaver Falls, their neighboring regions, and other far off places convened in Rome and Assisi for a Franciscan pilgrimage. Under the servant leadership style of Fr. Andre Cirino, OFM, and S Suzanne Marie Kush, pilgrims assembled for the first time since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to deepen their Franciscan understanding. Pilgrims visited sacred sites like the lepresario, the baptismal font where St. Francis and St. Clare were baptized, Greccio, the Capuchin church where St. Felix was buried, Vatican City for a papal audience, and much more. As always, the hosts in Assisi and the pilgrimage leaders threw out a warm, engaging welcome to all the guests, and everyone’s knowledge and appreciation for the Franciscan heritage has grown.