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August 2002

Secular Franciscan Order: Holy Spirit Fraternity
Canberra, Australia


Fraternity Meeting At this month's meeting, 8pm Friday 23 August, in the Marian Hall at St Matthew's, Page, the program will be:

Text to be considered: (copied from To Live as Francis Lived. p.15. Chap. 4 'Franciscan spirituality'):
To live the gospel according to the spirit of St Francis

Questions for reflection - What is the difference between various spiritualities? What is your image of God? What is unique about Franciscan spirituality? Why does Franciscan spirituality attract you?

Connection with Scripture and Franciscan writings. The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew's Gospel chapters 5-7.

Application for Daily Life. What application does 'GOD IS LOVE' have on your worries, prayer, work, family life, relationships with others? Does the fact that you are attracted to the Franciscan way indication anything special about your personality?

The Book which is being used for formation this year is available from Hélène. Hélène would be grateful if those who have ordered it could contact her ASAP. The cost with transport is $29.10. Phone 6287 5510 or

September Meeting: There will be no monthly meeting in September. The Transitus on Oct 3 will replace the usual meeting.

Transitus: The celebration of the passing over to eternal life of St Francis will be held in St Matthew's Church starting at 7:30pm on the Vigil, October 3. It will be followed by supper.

Day of Reflection: Suggested dates for Reflection Day are Saturday 7 December or Saturday 14 December, in the Hall of St John Vianney Church, Waramanga, from 9am to 4pm. The professed members will renew their vows on the day. Fr Mario will be invited to come.


Tony has sent us the following message:

Greetings Gentle Folks
It's time I brought you up to date with my medical problems. Next Tuesday (13 Aug) I shall be in Westmead Hospital undergoing a series of electrophysiological studies on my heart in preparation for major heart surgery (replacement of the pulmonary valve) the following Tuesday (20 Aug). I shall remain in Sydney for a few more weeks then return to Canberra, taking sick leave for the rest of the year. I look forward to regaining the energy and enthusiasm I had years ago. Your prayers and well-wishes are much appreciated.
Have a good and peaceful day. Cheers

Please keep Tony in your prayers.



In October we celebrate:


Please remember to pray for vocations:

"Gracious God, we pray that men and women might respond generously to Your call to ministry in the Church; --- And may You increase our Franciscan community by calling those dedicated to penance and the Gospel life."

Council Meeting. Next Council meeting will be held at a time and place to be arranged by telephone.

Input for the Canberra Franciscan and requests to Jack Smith : phone +61-2-6258 3824