The Saints were GIANT Sinners

I once saw a statue of Mother Teresa without wrinkles. No lie. It was like the Hollywood actress version of the saint, free of any blemishes or imperfections. It was one of the most bizarre things to witness,… Read More

The Vote Passed!

Big News for the Franciscans of the United States!

The View From the Top

Every year in formation, the Franciscans of my province host an event called “Intersession,” a meeting of all levels of formation between the sessions of school for a workshop and time for fellowship (hence intersession and not intercession)…. Read More

The Pursuit of Perfection

One year ago today I posted my first Breaking In The Habit YouTube video. Looking back, it was dreadful: the camera work was shaky, the edits were rough, the music was clichéd, none of the images were properly… Read More

The Surprise of the South?

Greenville and Triangle be advised: if you’re hoping to woo the friars on our road trip, you’ve got some stiff competition: Macon, GA was impressive. Known only as “the place where we got a flat tire driving home from… Read More

Raleigh/Durham

Our first day of our “Southern Exposure” began with a tandem of ministries in central North Carolina: Raleigh and Durham. To say that it was a busy weekend is an understatement. Besides being the feast of the Ascension,… Read More

Southern Exposure

On this road trip, it’s less about the road and more about the time spent with brothers

Discernment Never Ends

Even if we know where we’re going, there’s still discernment on how to get there

The Young and the Restructured

Some worry that religious life is a dying institution. Not me.

Big Announcement: Another Trip

For the second time this summer, I write to you today to announce a major trip I will be taking with the friars: in one week’s time, I will be on a plane with five other friars and… Read More

The Medium is the Message

As Christians, I’d say that our “message” is pretty good: the eternal and all loving God, wanting to be one with all that God created, became human, experienced all that we experience, died and rose again forgiving all… Read More

Canonical Visitation

Every three years, dating back to St. Francis himself, the Franciscans gather together in what is called a Chapter. A combination of business and fraternity, a Chapter is a time for the brothers to take a break from… Read More