A Franciscan Renewal
Did you know? Fr. Kenn returned to his roots as a Franciscan friar in the Order of Saints Francis and Clare through the UACC. The OSFC is a national, ecumenical, canonically erected religious order of the United American Catholic Church. Founded in 2003, the Order has been a faithful expression of the Franciscan charism, sharing with the Church and the world the Franciscan ideals of simplicity, purity, and community.
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: the serving of the poor and the founding of 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 within the Order of Saints Francis and Clare. Bishop Anthony Hash has encouraged a time of renewal for the Order during which we are reviewing our Rule, Constitutions, and educational programs. The Order of Saints Francis and Clare 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 charism of Dorothy Day as a modern echo of the lives of Francis and Clare.
Are you called to a life of simplicity and service, serving Christ as a Franciscan in the Order of Saints Francis and Clare? Contact Friar Stephen Agosto, osfc, our minister general, by emailing him at: MinGenOSFC@uacatholicchurch.org