Order of Saint Francis

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The Order of Saint Francis (OSF) is an active, Apostolic Christian religious order within the Anglican Communion, in connection 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.

Franciscan Meditations

The Lord has Risen!

On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words.

When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.


On the Road to Emmaus

Now that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles[a] from Jerusalem. They were talking with each other about everything that had happened. As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them; but they were kept from recognizing him.

He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”

They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”

“What things?” he asked.

“About Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “He was a prophet, powerful in word and deed before God and all the people. The chief priests and our rulers handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him; but we had hoped that he was the one who was going to redeem Israel. And what is more, it is the third day since all this took place. In addition, some of our women amazed us. They went to the tomb early this morning but didn’t find his body. They came and told us that they had seen a vision of angels, who said he was alive. Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.”

He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself.

As they approached the village to which they were going, Jesus continued on as if he were going farther. But they urged him strongly, “Stay with us, for it is nearly evening; the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them.

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.” Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.


Jesus Appears to the Disciples

While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. He said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and feet. And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement, he asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate it in their presence.

He said to them, “This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets and the Psalms.”

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance for the forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.”


The Ascension of Jesus

When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.


Luke 24

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To Serve

Every Friday Br Don and I get bread from a Strack and VanTil's grocery store in Lowell, IN which is about 40 miles away from where we live.  We load the truck and bring the bread to Good Shepherd Church in East Chicago and leave enough bread at the Church to serve the people who go there for help.  Most of the people we serve do not have cars, they live in dangerous areas and can not get to the church due to the distance. We bring the bread out to the neighborhoods where there is need for help, we open the rear hatch and the people start come out.  Next to the bread we place some Bibles, rosaries and pamphlets and if people ask we tell them to please take as much as they need.  We have had people ask us to pray for sick relatives, pray with them, pray for them and their families.  These are the kind of things I was called for.  Serving, feeding, praying, talking and listen to what these people have to say, is inspiring.  The experiences I've had there, talking with children, listening to a proud mom as she introduces me to her children, laughing and just the joy of being with people has really opened my eyes.  We are commanded to love our neighbors and now that I have experienced that love, I am starting to feel God in my heart and my heart is overflowing with love.  I love these people!

-Br Jeff

 

Cosmo Knows Secrets

Cosmo is a dog.  His owner is Anthony.  Cosmo lives with Father Phelps in the apartment attached to Good Shepherd Episcopal Church because Anthony can’t have pets at his apartment.  Cosmo lives his life as most dogs, he is just a little spoiled and he is well loved.  Cosmo knows secrets!  I know that seems like a strange thing to say but let me tell you what I saw.


It was a very warm and muggy Sunday evening in East Chicago Indiana.  Evening prayer was finished and we were finishing up serving dinner in the church basement.  I guess I must have looked a little haggard because Father Phelps asked me to come upstairs and cool off.  No one was waiting to be served and things were winding down so I decided I wouldn’t be missed and joined Father upstairs.  I sat down and watched as Father was giving Popsicles (a real treat) to the children from the neighborhood.  Well it wasn’t just the children there were some adults too.  It’s funny how when an adult gets a treat like that they can light up just like the children do, I had to chuckle to myself at that.

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