The process of becoming a professed Secular Franciscan is a journey that involves three separate stages (the process of Formation) and culminates in a lifelong commitment to live the gospel following the example of St. Francis of Assisi. Our Mother of Sorrows will be starting a new group for those interested in beginning the first stage of formation – Orientation. This three month process will educate you about the Secular Franciscans and help you explore if you have a call to go further in the formation process. We will meet the 3rd Wednesday of the month at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Grand Rapids. Please call Michelle Bryk, Formation Minister if you are interested in learning more or joining us in formation – (616) 361-8489.
Here (see links below) are some of the materials we used at our day of reflection. Amy sent the 12 weeks prayer for you. This is a powerful prayer that is suggested to be prayer from October through Christmas, but you can pick it up at any time and enter into the prayer now and use it until Christmas, or start at the beginning and pray your way through. It is very powerful and she wanted you all to have a copy.
Here is the link to the Jubilee of Mercy website in case you want to read the whole of the Papal Bull on the Jubilee Year of Mercy. It is well worth the read! I have attached the reflection we used at the day of reflection. It is a summary of the 25 points in the Papal Bull. Hopefully it will wet you appetite to read the whole thing!
Peace and All Good,