October 16, 2019 - We welcome back Fr. Ben Owusu who is joined by Fr. Charlie Smiech, two Franciscan Friars who live here at the Monastery in Washington, DC. Throughout this episode, Fr. Ben and Fr. Charlie discuss their path to the Franciscan brotherhood, and vocations of all kinds – to be called to live a life of faith, to be called to the single life, married life and consecrated life.
On Saturday, October 5, as part of a three-day observance of the Feast of St. Francis, the friars of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., blessed animals brought to the grounds of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land. Franciscan Father Jim Gardiner led the blessing, and the friars greeted the people who brought a [...]
Eight hundred years after the meeting between St Francis and the Sultan, the Franciscan convent of Tripoli-Mina also wanted to celebrate this special anniversary. On Sunday 6th October, the initiatives began in the morning with the fifth day of formation for the young people of Tripoli. The youngsters, both Christian and Muslim, reflected on the [...]
October 2, 2019 - We learn that a pilgrim is more than a tourist, and a pilgrimage can expand a person's spirituality in many ways. Fr. Jim Gardiner and Fr. Ben Owusu join host Christopher Dwyer to discuss the spiritual impact of a pilgrimage, the significance behind the journey, and the importance of making time to take this trip of a lifetime.
September 18, 2019 - Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt to deepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in their own personal spirituality. In episode 9 of Following Francis, Fr. Brian Meldrum provides insight into what spiritual direction is and how he applies it throughout priesthood. Fr. Meldrum is a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit who is currently attending the Catholic University of America to study Sacred Scripture.