The Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality Committee met at St. Clare’s Convent in Tampa, FL from July 25 through 27. The weather was hot and we enjoyed some delightful downpours. Once again we are grateful to the sisters at St. Clare’s for their presence and hospitality.
We had the privilege of meeting with Wendy Leigh, the new Director of the Franciscan Center.
The conversation was excellent
in sharing ideas and resources for programs for Spanish-speaking persons and for women’s spirituality. We also discussed ways to assist in keeping our spirituality and charism alive through Franciscan-Clarian artworks, images and in Franciscan-Clarian workshops.
Another topic discussed was how we as a Congregation might become more engaged in the new movement called “Nuns and Nones.” This is when young adults or millennials, who identify themselves as spiritual but not practicing Catholics, and religious women live together.An article from the New York Times on Nuns and Nones is linked below.
Some of the things that the committee is currently working on are:
Morning prayer for the upcoming Congregational Assemblies;
Program for Advent 2019, utilizing the four Common Threads that have surfaced for Chapter 2020;
Program for Lent 2020, using the Seven Last Words of Jesus, from a Franciscan-Clarian lens;
Committee members will continue to write reflections on the Franciscan-Clarian feast days as a way of keeping these holy women and men before us. The committee also sent out a “Five-Day Reflection with St. Clare” as a way of continued reflection on our sister Clare of Assisi in preparation and anticipation of her feast day on August 11.
Please check the
Spirituality section of the FSA website for the following:
An updated list of Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality books and DVDs.
A new article under the heading of “Consistent Ethic of Life” by Marita Flynn OSF.
Included in this summary of our meeting, please note the following:
The New York Times article on Nuns and Nones:
A synopsis of what is happening in each region of the Congregation regarding Franciscan-Clarian Spirituality. In this synopsis you will see information from our sisters Maria and Elvira in Bolivia. We have made a commitment to Skype with them at our meeting to hear what they are doing and to share our work and minutes as a way of supporting and being connected with them. (
Please let us know how we are doing and feel free to offer us suggestions by emailing