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This UPDATE features opportunities that deepen our connections, inspire our service, and feeds our desire 'to do what is ours to do' as Franciscans, here and now, wherever we are!

A Franciscan Renaissance:

Needed, Costly and Within Reach

56th Annual Franciscan Federation Conference (AFC) June 12, 2021

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You are invited to join in a virtual dialogue of Brian McLaren’s “A Franciscan Renaissance: needed, costly and within reach”. Explore with other members of the Franciscan community the inspiration and invitation offered by Brian in his keynote address at the 2021 Franciscan Federation Conference. 

Preparation - Discussion Questions

Of all the challenges Brian held out to us as Franciscans, what challenged and/or inspired you the most?

What action steps are you willing to take and who or what interest group needs to be at the table with you to facilitate a Franciscan Renaissance in the Franciscan Federation; in our nation and our world?  

Link to the Script for Brian McLaren’s Federation Address

All three sessions are the same. Attend one or more if you wish. Your responses to the conversation will be shared with Brian and contribute to the opening session of our Annual Franciscan Conference, June 3-6, 2022.

  • Wednesday, January 5, 2022, 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Eastern; Facilitator: Anne Amati, OSF, Franciscan Federation Region 2
  • Thursday, February 10, 2022, 4: 00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Eastern; Facilitator: Sara Marks, Emergent Group
  • Sunday, March 6, 2022, 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Eastern; Facilitator: Pat Millen, OSF, Franciscan Federation Region 6
Click here to register

Franciscan Federation JPIC Resolution for 2021– 2022

Confronting Racism with a Franciscan Heart

Statement of Resolution

We, the members of the Franciscan Federation, renounce the sin of racism and recognize our complicity. We are deeply troubled by the acts of hate, discrimination, inequity, oppression. We recognize our call to be peacemakers, transforming the difficulties, tragedies and acts of violence into peace.

Click here to read the complete resolution.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents 

is an eye-opening story of people and history, and a re-examination of what lies under the surface of ordinary lives and of American life today.


You are invited to a Franciscan Federation Book Discussion Series

Members of the Franciscan Federation will facilitate this unique opportunity for prayer, study, dialogue and discussion on racial injustice. Isabel Wilkerson’s book provides a guide to race and racial brutality in the US, told through the allegory of caste, the latter viewed as the skeleton under the flesh of black-white relationships in the 400-year history of what became the United States of America. 

Click here to learn more.

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Emerging in Chaos

January 20-23, 2022

A virtual event sponsored by the Collaborative Leadership Development Program (CLDP) and the North American Conference of Associates and Religious (NACAR)

Click here to learn more and register.


"Laudato Si’ calls us toward sustainability in the spirit of integral ecology. With profound care for each other, our Creator, and all creation, we are building a better future together."

Religious communities throughout the world are asked to publish their commitment to the Laudato Si’ Action Platform. The following Franciscan Congregations have shared their commitment statements with us.

Order of Friars Minor Conventual

Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart 

Rochester Franciscan Sisters

Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

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2022 Tau Grant

(Cycle 2)


Allegany Franciscan Ministries’ FY22 Tau Grants will support capacity-building efforts for organizations or programs that provide services to the following marginalized groups: BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), LGBTQ+, and/or persons with disabilities. People of Color refers to any racial or ethnic group or population that identifies as non-white. 

Click here to learn more.

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Sister Charity-Lydia Katongo Nkandu

of the Franciscan Missionaries of Assisi has been nominated to the Board of Franciscans International 2022-2025.

We wish Sr. Charity God’s blessings and the Spirit’s inspiration as she begins this new ministry on behalf of the poor and oppressed of our world.

Click here to read the nomination letter.

New Leadership Team of the Joliet Franciscans: Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate

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Front Row: Sisters Robert Naegele, Councilor; Jeanne Bessette, President; René  Simonelic, General Secretary. Back Row: Sisters MJ Griffin, Treasurer; Phyllis Wilhelm, Councilor; Peggy Quinn, Vice President/Councilor

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