Order of Saint Francis

A Contemporary Expression of Franciscan Tradition within the Anglican Communion

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Sunday, Dec 21 All Day
Sunday, Dec 21 at 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Wednesday, Dec 24 All Day
Thursday, Dec 25 All Day

Pax Et Bonum

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 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.

Advent Meditations

The Birth of Jesus Foretold (Luke 1:26-38)

In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”


Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”


 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”


 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. For no word from God will ever fail.”


 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.


Advent Prayer

Father, as we await the coming birth of your son, we ask for strength, endurance, and wisdom. We ask for these so that we might be ready to provide a place so that we might provide an inn for those who might need it; even if that place of respite is just a gentle touch or an open ear. In the name of Your Most Holy Son, Jesus Christ, we pray. Amen.

Br. Chuck Runge - OSF

Advent Carol Service

Trinity College Choir - Cambridge - 2012

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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Personal altars and shrines

Each brother has their own personal altar where they go to pray and meditate. Here we will feature a few of them. As you can see each brother has their own style. There are complex altars with lots of icons, prayer benches and candles to simple prayer spaces featuring a comfortable chair with a cross, bible and book of daily offices.