A Franciscan Renewal
In 2019, Fr. Kenn was released from his vows with the Order of Preachers, Old Catholic, and returned to his roots as a Franciscan friar. The Missional Order of St. Francis is renewing the faithful expression of the Franciscan charism by sharing with the Church and the world the Franciscan ideals of simplicity, purity, and community – the Missional Order of St. Francis continues the work of reaching out to the People of God through compassionate service and is a strong voice in the mental health community as it relates to all things sacramental.
Regarding St. Francis; in 1205, after a tumultuous youth, Francis Bernadone of Assisi responded to the mystical call of Jesus to “Rebuild my Church” through the crucifix of San Damiano. Over time, men of Assisi began to join Francis and through the rebuilding of the church of San Damiano, he discovered his true calling of serving the poor and founding the Franciscan Order.
In 1211, after the Order had received formal recognition, Francis received Clare and formed the Order of the Poor Dames, later called the Poor Clares. Together, Francis and Clare became a powerhouse of spirituality and service in the thirteenth century and ever since, as what they set in motion continues to reverberate today.
"…as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me."
This is an especially meaningful time to explore a Franciscan vocation as a friar, sister, deacon, or priest. The Missional Order of Saint Francis is focused on the following three objectives: (1) the growth of community within the Order; (2) the strengthening of Franciscan Spirituality; and (3) the exploration of the missional charism as a modern echo of the life of St. Francis.