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Peace and all good to you from the friars of the Order of Saint Francis! We hope that you find this site informative and helpful. If you do not find what you are looking for, please feel free to contact us with your questions.
The Order of Saint Francis (OSF) is an active, Apostolic Christian religious order within the Anglican Communion, in communion with the See of Canterbury. Rather than living in an enclosed communal setting, OSF Brothers live independently in different parts of the world, with ministries based on the needs of their local communities. Members are baptized men who have been confirmed within the Anglican Communion, and who voluntarily commit to live by a set of professed vows for a term of years or for life.
To get a better understanding of who we are, please visit the 'Vocation' and 'Brothers' pages.
Islamophobia 'is not Christian.'
Christians should actively resist, steadfast in their faith, anti-Muslim bigotry that has reared its ugly ahead in the 2016 presidential campaign, faith leaders argued Wednesday night in a forum at St. Mark's Cathedral.
Decrying what he called "the appeal to our lesser selves," Episcopal Bishop Greg Rickel stated: "To denounce a whole people, a whole faith, is not Christian."
The bishop and appeared in a forum with Arsalan Bukhari, executive director of the Seattle Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.
"Ad hominum attacks and xenophobia" have entered America's political debate, the Rev. Steve Thomason, dean of St. Mark's, said in introducing the forum. "Relationships matter," he added.
Bukhari appealed for more and closer relationships. He invited those curious about Islam, even those a bit wary, to visit a Seattle area mosque. "Drop in, say hello, meet people," he said. "They're not for believers only."
The "average American Muslim," Bukhari added, "seeks to realize the American dream."
Rickel put another face on faith at St. Mark's. He quoted Paul to the Galatians:
"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
St. Paul was not suggesting that "all barriers could be erased," said the bishop, but that each of us is blessed by God. "There are other children of Abraham even if their concept of God is different than our own," Rickel added.
And, argued Bukhari, they are loyal Americans.
BY JOEL CONNELLY, SEATTLEPI.COM
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Br Jeremy is ordained a priest!
Taize - Holy Spirit Come To Us
Brothers attend confirmation at St Mark's Cathedral
OSF's Statement on the Anglican Primates meeting
Order Of Saint Francis
15 January 2016
The gathering at Canterbury of the Primates of the Anglican Communion has determined that The Episcopal Church shall be disciplined under "sanctions" regarding their internal positions on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and the role of women functioning in the Church. While this may seem alarming and disheartening to some, both inside and outside of the Anglican Communion, as in many past situations the phrase "we agree to disagree" seems appropriate. At the end of the day, the TEC is still a member of the Anglican Communion and retains a seat at the table, albeit a quiet seat.
Some of our brothers in the Order of Saint Francis are affected by this decision based upon geography and their parish affiliation within the structure of the TEC. Other brothers residing in different parts of the communion are equally concerned, not only for their denominations within the communion, but also for their Brothers who are worried and perplexed. As long as people have organized governing bodies and political frameworks there have been disagreements and divisions, unfortunately a fact not likely to change. A positive outcome of strife is the opportunity to renew.
Healing is one of many things that we strive for as Christians. We embrace the rejuvenation of the spirit and the renewal of baptism is celebrated in the coming of the Easter season. Perhaps this is now the time for all Anglicans to embrace rejuvenation, renewal, and healing. TEC Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has commented, "…it may be part of our vocation to help the communion and to help many others to grow in a direction where we can realize and live the love that God has for all of us, and we can one day be a Church and a communion where all of God’s children are fully welcomed, where this is truly a house of prayer for all people." This is a sign of true leadership. To seize an opportunity to create dialogue, promote healing, and to bring hope and love not only to a rowdy table but a rowdy and tumultuous world that we live in.
With all the tensions around the table, one could easily envision a "Eucharistic food fight"…throwing bread like stones at those who seek to be inclusive in all that is the work of the Church while flinging bottles of wine to douse the ideas of others that call for exclusion, imprisonment and even death to those who are deemed "unholy ones". Thankfully we regard ourselves as civilized and again, we "agree to disagree" and long to be "…one bread….one body". Regardless of what may come of any disputes within the Anglican Communion or if such communion survives as we currently know it, life goes on as does the work of the greater Church.
As I have reminded our brothers many times in the past, we are "…of this world...but not of this world". This strife is about "church business" and we as Franciscans are in the "people business". We are about people and spirit, love and understanding, and all things which are filled with God's love and the teachings of Jesus. We follow the example laid before us by our Beloved Francis as he felt called to do as a lover of Christ our Lord. This is what we do…this is our daily work, to serve and to love as Christ calls upon each of us to do.
While not being "canonically recognized" within a specific member church of the Anglican Communion, the OSF is rooted in the Anglican traditions of scripture, reason, and tradition. In many ways, we are blessed to enjoy the benefits of "relationship" within the Anglican Communion while not being fully engaged in any disagreements that may fall along provincial lines or politics.
We are equally fortunate to have brothers on four continents and both hemispheres that reflect the diversity of being "in communion" yet fully understanding of how our Anglicanism truly relates to what is most important, God's people. The homeless, the sick, the poor, the suffering, the refugee, the prisoner, the affluent, black, white, gay, straight…the list goes on. These are God's people and to serve and love them we shall…with open hearts, open minds, and open doors and always a seat at the table!
Br. Zane Young
Minister General-Order of Saint Francis
The Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has issued a video statement concerning the actions of the Anglican Primates at the meeting in Canterbury, England.
Brother Jeremy is ordained!
The brothers are very happy to join in the joy that one of our poor little brothers has now been ordained into the order of deacons. This has been a long path for Br Jeremy and we are very proud of him. This is only a temporary stage as he will eventually be ordained a priest.