Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Q concludes in a burst of joy

The 19th Q concluded with a burst of Franciscan joy, as National Minister Jan Parker, OFS, left the audience cheering and laughing as she belted out a special rendition of Gloria Gaynor’s “I will survive” – except that her lyrics changed it to “We’ve been revived.”

OFS testimonials at the Q

Using a smartphone videocam, National Vocation Committee Chair Jane DeRose-Bamman recorded testimonials about the Franciscan vocation.

Some 50 Quinquennial Congress attendees participated!

See the testimonials at YouTube.com/secularfranciscans.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Fear not in joy and love (day 4)

Carolyn Townes
Overcoming fear and recognizing the love of God within us. Those two things can fuel something greater in the Franciscan vocation, suggests National JPIC Chair Carolyn Townes, OFS, a featured speaker on the final day of the Quinquennial Congress on Sunday, July 3.

She asked the “Q” attendees – now up to 620 – what Christ’s greatest comandment was.

“Love God and love your neighbor as yourself,” the audience echoed in several variations.

'Good News' should prod us (day 4)

Fr. Dan Horan
The Gospel is the good news. But for whom?

It can comfort the afflicted. But it can also afflict the comfortable – those who need to be nudged out of their comfort zone in order to better respond to the call of the Gospel.

That’s how Franciscan Father Dan Horan introduced his final and third keynote presentation Sunday, July 3, at the Quinquennial Congress.

He noted that his topic of Racism and Xenophobia may surely make some uncomfortable.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Br. Keith shouts Franciscan gems (day 3)

Br. Keith Warner
Keith Warner, OFM, stood at the podium and proclaimed: “‘Laudato Si’ is the most Franciscan papal encyclical ever!”

“Yeah!” the Quinquennial Congress audience murmured in reply.

Brother Keith raised his voice and repeated that statement. “Yeah!” the crowd exclaimed. Then the friar shouted: “ ‘Laudato Si’ is the most Franciscan papal encyclical EVER!” “YEAH!” the audience shouted back.

Thus began Brother Keith’s featured presentation on an encyclical riddled with Franciscan gems.

Fr. Dan on violence, peacemaking (day 3)

Fr. Dan Horan
Fr. Dan Horan, OFM, began his second Quinquennial Congress presentation Saturday, July 2, by pointing to the Canticle of the Sun. It perhaps was a culminating expression of Francis’ journey from violence to peacemaking.

Francis dreamed of being a warrior knight, but was slapped with the reality of becoming a prisoner of war. His life changed, and eventually he started on a path of discovering and living the Gospel, and becoming a peacemaker.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blessing Bags for homeless, families (day 2)

A stunned Sr. Connie
Hundreds of homeless and struggling families in St. Louis are getting a special “blessing”, thanks to the 19th Quinquennial Congress’ Blessing Bag Project. Franciscan Sister Connie Probst, St. Anthony Food Pantry director, was shocked at the size of the donation.

Q Co-Chair Kate Kleinart put it this way:

“We’re leaving St. Louis a little better than we found it.”

Attendees prepared bags of goodies and personal care items to give to the homeless and struggling families. The products were donated by Secular Franciscans across the country as well as by a few companies.

Fr. Lester: You need to have impact (Day 2)

Fr. Lester Bach
When it comes to serving others – such as in a soup kitchen – “it’s not so much what you do, but how you do it.”

In other words, it’s about building relationships, noted Capuchin Friar Lester Bach, a featured presenter on Day 2 of the Quinquennial Congress.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Fr. Dan focuses on creation, poverty (Day 2)

Fr. Dan Horan
Keynoter Fr. Dan Horan, OFM, took the Quinquennial Congress throng – now up to 595 attendees – on a journey of “mercy and minority” in the Franciscan tradition Friday, July 1. He delved into “creation and poverty” – recognizing, as all Franciscans are called to do, a universal kinship with all of creation, and coming to understand the reality of Franciscan poverty as something more, as something holding richer depth than the simple phrase of “being poor in spirit.”

Priest author shares his dream (Day 1)

Fr. Murray Bodo
Fr. Murray Bodo, OFM, was in the midst of a personal crisis when St. Anthony Messenger Press asked him to write a book about St. Francis of Assisi. He couldn’t, he thought. Besides, he was extremely busy teaching and carrying out other duties. Then the editor told him he would be taking time off and going to Assisi.

A sound of awe murmured through the audience at the Quinquennial Congress Thursday evening (June 30).

“That’s the same thing I said,” he responded to the crowd. Of course, he told the editor, “yes!”

Thursday, June 30, 2016

’My heart came to life’ (Day 1)

Father Pio
ST. LOUIS, MO -- “As soon as I hit the door, my heart came to life.”

That comment by Fr. Pio Jackson, OFM, perhaps summed up best what the opening of the Quinquennial Congress meant to a throng of Secular Franciscans, friars and religious sisters.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Q Boasts 5 Featured Speakers

The main presenters at the 2016 Quinquennial Congress include three well known friars and two Secular Franciscans immersed in JPIC (Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation) and YouFra (Franciscan Youth).

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Extra Hotel Rooms Now Available

There are hotel rooms for everyone! A contract has been signed with the Pear Tree Hotel - which is minutes from the Renaissance hotel. The room rate is $89.99 per night and that same rate will hold for a few days before and a few days after the events of the Q.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Q Tip: Put Your Blessings in Bags

One of the ways to live the Quinquennial’s “Reviving Our Spirit” theme is by taking part in Operation Blessing  Bag.

Gallon-size ziplock bags will be filled with travel-size toiletries, snacks, socks, etc. and, at the end of the Q, donated to St. Anthony’s Food Pantry, which provides food and clothing to those in need in St. Louis.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Q Tip: How to Help

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Be a pray-er. Pray for the success of the “Q” and for all those working behind the scenes to make it “great”.

Be an encourager. If members of your fraternity would like to come to the Q but are hesitant, let them know what a wonderful family reunion it will be. If they need financial assistance, encourage them to apply for a scholarship (at right). 

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Don't let finances keep you away

Interested in attending the 2016 Quinquennial Congress, but unable to because of financial circumstances? A 2016 Q Scholarship Fund may make attendance possible.