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Below are the 16 most recent journal entries recorded in Episcopal Franciscans' LiveJournal:

Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
5:17 pm
[drjones79]
Bishops response to the Primates demands
For those of you who have been keeping up with the debate about the demands made during the Primates meeting, the Bishops have met in Texas, and there response can be found here:

http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_84148_ENG_HTM.htm

For more details on went on in the Primates meeting check here:


http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_83079_ENG_HTM.htm


Let us hope and pray that we can all find some common ground with these issues, and not break apart as a community.

Current Mood: optimistic
Friday, February 16th, 2007
4:42 pm
[drjones79]
Thoughts
I feel torn in two and confused as all heck, but I am told that is normal for someone who is trying to find their place in God's plan. My life just keeps changing and changing, and in some ways that is wonderful, but I wish for just a moment it would stop, just long enough to listen quietly within. I believe I have figured out some of what God is calling me to do but at the same time I just dont know where to take that from here. I believe that I know I am being called to a vocation, and I want to enter a monastic community, but what does my soul feel called more strongly toward? Prayer, community, and work activitly within the world, or a more cloistered life, or routine, prayer, community and work? I know that God will show me when I can finally quiet the tempest within, but what if it is a mixture of both? Thoughts like these could last a lifetime.

Current Mood: contemplative
Saturday, January 27th, 2007
12:43 pm
[anthonygabriel]
Pics of Br. Zane's Profession
Br. Zane was professed January 11th, 2007. Here are two pictures from that service, which was led by Fr. Emmanuel, BSG, and Br. Nicholas Kis, OSF.

Notice the bunny ears.





Current Mood: contemplative
Monday, January 8th, 2007
5:03 pm
[drjones79]
My second birthday
I am not sure where are all my feelings are right now. I am so happy to finally be baptized and I know this is just the beginning of a long road to my ultimate goals on my journey to follow the voice of Christ in my life. There are so many things I want to do, so many things I want to accomplish in my life. I feel as though right now I am treading water. I need to break free from this unending circular trap which I find myself. I think I have finally answered the question for myself of why I am on this spiritual journey, and why I feel as that I need/want/have to continue down this road that I now find myself on. I have never known such peace in my life except once when I was deeply depressed and called out for God from the very depths of my soul. The peace was like nothing I had ever felt before, and I believe that is what I had been searching for. I think that is why I began this journey.

I find it I guess odd but an opportunity for growth that I am going today, the day following my new birthday, to celebrate another birthday, the birthday of my friend Darlene. It seems at times like this that friend just isnt the right word for what she was to me. She was a close friend of the family, I felt like she and her family were always apart of my family. She has gone on ahead now, to visit her Father in heaven, and to be reunited with her mother, and heavenly Mother. So as I go to celebrate this birthday for her, I realize that she was really more than a friend, she was family, my Aunt Darlene. Gone for now and missed of course, but I will see her soon enough I hope, in that bright wonderful world that awaits us when our time to come home to the Father has come.

"Rejoice and be glad because you have a great reward waiting for you in heaven." Matthew 5:12

Current Mood: grateful
Sunday, January 7th, 2007
12:53 pm
[anthonygabriel]
The Light of Christ
Today we celebrate the feast of Epiphany, remembering St. John the Baptist preparing the way for our Lord to come to us and shine His light upon us.

I'm sure you've all heard the Gospel story about 3 wise men making a long journey, following a bright star, to that lowly manger where our new born Savior lay wrapped in strips of cloth.

This story is most appropriate for all of us today! We all stumble around this earth, looking for that ray of hope, that guide that draws us into the love of God. Like the wise men, our joy overflows when Christ comes to us through others, through prayer, and through every day, mundane things. 

The real joy of today is that part of the celebration of this feast, 3 people were baptized at Christ Episcopal Church. Like the wise men, they all came from a distant place, following that light of hope that beckons them to love and to be loved in Christ.

I would like to congratulations to drjones79 on the day of his new birth into the Body of Christ. It's a long journey, and it may not always be easy, but it will most certainly be worth it.

Welcome to the family.


Current Mood: contemplative
Friday, December 15th, 2006
3:23 pm
[paxvobis]
 

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Howdy! 

 

I'm also very new to the Catholic religion and undertaking the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults).  I am looking to chat with other Catholics who are preferably within my age bracket (20-30).  I have also started a LJ community for Australian Catholics called Australian Catholics and here is the link:

http://community.livejournal.com/aussiecatholics/profile  

 

Friday, December 8th, 2006
6:27 am
[anthonygabriel]
Happy Advent
Grace and peace to everyone, and a very happy Advent to you.

I would first like to welcome lovetakesyouin and drjones79 to the community. Please feel free to pop in and 'say' hello.

Just a tiny update for everyone:

Br. Nicholas started chemotherapy this week, and is doing fantastic, all things considered. He led a blessing service this evening for Bingo, the well-loved dog who is a companion to the Christ Church Chior director, Nancy Kern.

The rest of us are taking a bit of quiet time (when we can get it) during Advent, and making an effort to re-center.

I'm going to make a shameless plug for clean sock donations right about... now. If you have extra socks or warm shirts, hats, or scarves in good condition, please consider donating them to us or to someone who is homeless in your area. Winter is cold enough as it is, and everyone needs a little bit of Christ to warm their hart.
Friday, November 17th, 2006
2:34 am
[anthonygabriel]
He lives!
Hi everyone,

It's been a long, strange absence from the web lately. Just a little update:

The OSF has been through some big developments lately.

Br. Zane Young, OSF was recieved into the community last month. He's currently working on a Ph.D. in Texas and will join the community this comming spring to make his First Profession, around or at the same time that I will be making my Second Profession.

We also have one Associate in Portland, OR, who will hopefull be joining us in January for some prayer and an official welcome into the community.

We have two aspirants, one who will be celebrating the Sacrament of Bapatism in January 07 and one who is considering both the ECUSA and OSF.

OSF attended Diocesan Convention this year, along with EFSJ(Benedictines) and the Little Sisters of St. Clare. It was a blast, and we're starting to educate people about there being Vowed Religious in this Diocese.

I was also at the Fall Festival at St. Francis Mill Creek, and sold a good number of Rosaries and Jam to support our homeless outreach ministry. Thanks to everyone to came out a braved the cold.

Other than that.. Please prayer for Br. Nicholas who is a little under the weather, for Sr. Dorothy and the Little Sisters, and for Br. Johan, EFSJ.
Friday, September 8th, 2006
8:37 am
[anthonygabriel]
Feast of BVM
This is a shameless plug.

Today is the feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

In honor of Our Lady, Br. Nocholas Kis, OSF will be leading the service of Evening PRayer tonight at St. Mark's Cathedral at 6:30pm in the chapel.

There will be a recitation of the Franciscan Crown (a 7 decade Rosary honoring the joys of the BVM) at 5:30. Rosaries will be provided if you don't happen to have a Franciscan Crown handy.

x-posted.

Current Mood: groggy
Wednesday, April 19th, 2006
11:18 pm
[anthonygabriel]
It's oh-fish-uhl!
Monday, April 17th, 2006.

Thanks to the graciousness of Bishop Nedi Rivera, Fr. Steve Garratt, Br. Nicholas Kis, OSF, and many friends and a few family, I made my novice profession of Vows.

I feel.. elated.

I was a nervous wreck for a week prior, and a total wreck the night of.

I'm thankful most of all for the grace of God who has brought me this far.

Current Mood: cheerful
Thursday, March 30th, 2006
8:13 pm
[anthonygabriel]
Welcome!
I would just like to take this time to welcome the new members to the group, needing_faith and thedaojustis. Welcome, please feel free to post anytime.

Things have been busy in my neck of the woods lately.. The OSF website now has it's own domain name, http://osffranciscans.com, and more updates are comming soon. There will be a updated evening Prayer schedule, as well as Profession pictures after the service.

I'm very frazzled concerning my upcomming Vows.. It's a very big thing. My mom is comming to town (bless her) and I've finally gotten all the papers and paperwork taken care of. There should be 28 hours in the day, if you ask me.

That's all for now.

Br. Oliver

Current Mood: excited
Tuesday, January 31st, 2006
9:28 pm
[anthonygabriel]
Time flies!
My, my, my! How times slips away.

I haven't posted in a while, let's see.. What's new?

I graduated from Veterinary Nursing school on December 27th, and I now work overnights on weekends in an emergency vet. hospital.

I am also creeping up very quickly on my Vow Profession, which is Easter Monday. Only 2 months and 2 weeks! Whoa! I was asked to write the service booklet, which was both a challenge and a blessing. Let's hope it get OK'd for public consumption shall we?

I also moved the OSF website to a less finicky company. We'll see how it goes.

How is everyone else doing

Current Mood: sick
Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
7:50 am
[anthonygabriel]
A little psalm for Christmas
Oh my! I apoligise for being a ghost lately, the holidays are a very hectic time. Anyhow, welcome to everyone, including aikitaiso and soeursansmerci.

I found this posted anonymously, and I thought I would share it.

Sing for joy to God our strength,
acclaim the Lord God living and true with shouts of joy.
For Yahweh, the Most High, is glorious,
the great king over all the earth.
Because the Most Holy Father of Heaven, our king from the
first, sent his beloved Son from on high and he
was born of the blessed, holy Virgin Mary.
"He will cry to me, 'You are my father' ... So I shall make
him my first-born, the highest of earthly kings".
On that day the Lord bestowed his mercy
and that night his song.
This is the day which Yahweh has made,
a day for us to rejoice and be glad.
For the Most Holy Beloved Child was given to us and was born
for us on the way and was laid in a manger, because
there was no room at the inn.
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
9:55 am
[anthonygabriel]
Vow profession date is set!
Hi everyone,

(this entry is x-posted)

I have a place, and a date for my vow profession.

It will be April 17th, at Christ Church in the University District, on the corner of 47th and Brooklyn. It will most likely be int he evening. My mother will be comimg, some Third Order Franciscans, many of my friends, and I hope, many of you, if church is not too uncomfortable for you.

I will be professing my Novice of Simple vows with the Order of Saint Francis, which I joined in October of this year.



Current Mood: ecstatic
Tuesday, November 8th, 2005
9:08 am
[anthonygabriel]
Franciscan Feast Day
Good morning to everyone from the Friars. I've posted a little blurb I found out today's feast day in honor of Bl. John Duns Scotus, a Franciscan and teacher who had a knack for philosphy studies and striking up arguments. Sounds like my kind of guy.

Anyway, onward, and may God give you peace in your day.

Blessed John Duns ScotusCollapse )

Current Mood: hungry
Monday, November 7th, 2005
11:50 am
[anthonygabriel]
Catching up
Bear with me, I'm still getting the hang of this thing.

Anyhoo, Hi there! Im Br. Oliver. I became a postulant in the Order of Saint Francis in October. I will be your moderator for the time being, as Br. Nicholas doesn't spend much time on the net. (I don't either, but more time than he does.)

Let's see.. Im 24, I live in Seattle, and I attend Christ Church. I sing in the choir, Im on the welcoming comittee.. I do a few other things, in my spare time like knitting and quilting (Im a domestic queen, as Im told by my friends) and.. uhh.. Oh, yeah I'm a total bookworm, I volunteer at Lambert House, and I have a vice for cooking and good food.

Feel free to contact me with any questions or just to say hello.

Thanks for dropping by.

Current Mood: busy
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