Annual Day of Reflection – 2020

“We Hold God’s Earth”

When: Saturday, March 07, 2020
Gathering: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Location: Franciscan Life Process Center, 11650 Downes St. NE, Lowell, MI 49331
Invited: All are Welcome!
Facilitator: Sr. Damien Marie Savino, FSE, PhD and Dean of Science and Sustainability at Aquinas College

Come explore the richness of Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home. Through teaching, prayer, and reflection, you will gain a deeper understanding of how
we can praise the Lord through our care of “Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and governs us.”

Non-fraternity members are invited to join us. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. We will begin the day with 8:00 am Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle in Grand Rapids. For those going directly to the Franciscan Life Process Center, registration will open at 9:00 am.

Please complete the Registration Form (direct link here) for each attendee and send it with the $20 Conference Fee per person (checks payable to: Our Mother of Sorrows) to: Sue Southerton OFS, 10670–92nd St SE, Alto, MI 49302

Registration Closes: Friday, February 26th!

Divine Mercy Regional Fraternity’s Annual Day of Formation

“The Fruits of Daily Conversion”

When: Saturday, October 26, 2019
Registration: Begins at 8:30 a.m.
Gathering: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Saginaw Ministry Center (Corner of Weiss & Wieneke Streets)
5802 Weiss Street, Saginaw, MI 48603
Invited: All people who are in formation, Professed Franciscans & Formation Team Members, are asked to join us at the Regional Annual Formation Day!
Focus: The Fruits of Daily Conversion!
Guest Speakers: Br. Robert Wotypka OFM Cap
Executive Director Capuchin Community Services and Joe Makley OFS, Regional Vice Minister St. Elizabeth of Hungary Region / New England

This year at our annual day of formation, we will be looking at ways to put our Franciscan call into action! Please consider joining us for this informative and experiential day away with your Franciscan sisters and brothers! It is often hard to regulate the temperature in our meeting room, so please plan on bringing a sweater in case one is needed. Do plan on attending as we look forward to seeing all of you there!

The option for Saturday Mass after the Gathering for those who would like to attend, is the 4pm evening Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church located a mile from the center at 5376 State St., in Saginaw. We will have directions available for those opting to attend.

Conference Fee: $25.00 per attendee covers costs of a continental breakfast, lunch and keynote speakers. However, if you would like to contribute more than the required $25, and make a charitable contribution to the Divine Mercy Region, please do so as it is appreciated!

Please complete the Registration Form (on Fraternity Documents page – Direct link here) for each attendee and send it with the minimum $25 Conference Fee per person (checks payable to: Secular Franciscan Order, Divine Mercy Region) to: Michelle Bryk, OFS, 2229 Shetland Dr. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505.
Registration Deadline: Friday, October 19th! Please note there are no refunds after this date, and if applicable an additional $10 late registration
fee will be required. Any questions please call or email Michelle Bryk at 616-361-8489 or
Overnight Fee: If you’d like to arrive Friday, October 25, 2019, then please check that option on the Registration Form and include the required additional room fee of $45. Available rooms are limited so please register early ASAP. There will be no evening meal served.

Please Support Our Friends at Circle Rocking “S” Children’s Farm.

The Circle Rocking “S” Children’s Farm is a wonderful ministry our Fraternity supports which is run by our sister Nancy Supran, OFS.  They recently announced their events for 2019 including a Mardi Gras Dinner & Silent Auction fundraiser on February 16.  For more details see the links below

Calendar of Events 2019

Mardi Gras Dinner

Peace and all good!


Lenten Series At Franciscan Life Process Center

St. Francis & St. Clare in the Modern World

Join Sister Mary Margaret Delaski and the Franciscan Sisters in the first installment of their 2018 Lenten Speaker Series and learn about St. Francis and St. Clare. Who were Francis and Clare in their historical time? How do we understand them in the 21st century?

This presentation will share the historical milestones of their lives as well as how their spirit and spirituality continue to be available to us today. Presentation by Sister Mary Margaret Delaski, FSE.

Cost: $20. 616-897-7842 to register

Event details as posted on Facebook

Lenten Reflections

Ash Wednesday (and the beginning of the Lent) is just two weeks away.

National JPIC has published an invitation to pray for an end to violence by means of weekly reflections beginning on Ash Wednesday and continuing on the Sundays of Lent, 2017.

The document can be found by clicking here or by going to our Fraternity’s JPIC page and scrolling down to the Prayers and Reflections section.