Pace e Bene!
Inaugurated in the fall of 2018 by David Haas, The Order of Baptized Franciscans (OBF) is an Ecumenical, Internet/Facebook community of baptized men and women who seek spiritual connection and solidarity with the progressive vision of Francis and Clare of Assisi. We reject the “Birdbath Franciscanism” that has often diminished the prophetic and radical vision of the Franciscan message, which is the prayer-centered and social gospel-focused proclamation and transformation found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
While we use the word “Order” we are by no means an official or canonical order of any particular Christian denomination. Unlike many corners of Franciscanism – we are an ecumenical, non-structured group. There is no structured “rule,” other than to seek to pull in close the “progressive” wisdom and spirituality of Francis and Clare in our lives, and to share what we have learned with each other.
Our grounding “text” or “rule” is articulated and steeped in the book, “Eager to Love” by Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM (published by Franciscan Media).
We pray for one another. We hold each other up. We surrender to a discipleship that is both personal and communal, engaged in the world. Our baptism is central, and we renounce archaic clericalism. While this group is not intended to be “political” in the usual understanding of this word, we ARE committed to the advancement of “God’s politics;” dedicated to the poor and vulnerable and the issues of peace and justice; the safe guarding of creation; inter-religious dialogue; and to the promotion of both personal and communal ritual and prayer grounded in the best spiritual and liturgical practices and that of Franciscan spirituality.
We are “eager to love.”
So through this page, we support one another to be the Body of Christ in the mindset of Francis and Clare through the sharing of Franciscan wisdom, prayers, meditations, articles, sung prayer, and insights. All are invited to “join” by simply “applying” to our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/536829016782396/
Our offerings and our responses/posts to what is shared on this page is always to be loving and supportive. Our attitude and tone here is to be positive and open to the workings of the Spirit, inspired by the witness of Francis and Clare.
Whether or not you “join up” with our merry band of Franciscans, consider praying along with Francis and Clare with David’s new Rosary resource: “My God and My All: Praying the Rosary with Francis and Clare.”
The printed music for David’s new and already popular setting of the Prayer of St. Francis, “An Instrument of Your Piece” is now available from GIA Publications! To order, click here:
Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace | David Haas
Enjoy David’s presentation at the 2019 Annual Summer Institute for Christian Spirituality at the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas: “The Prayer of St. Francis: A Path from Fear to Faith.”
FRANCISCAN COMMUNITIES & CENTERS
(click on these communities for their websites; they are also all on Facebook)
Franciscan Action Network
Franciscan Renewal Center, Scottsdale, AZ
Franciscans for Justice
Conventual Franciscans/Holy Cross Retreat Center, Mesilla Park, NM
Capuchin Franciscan Province of St. Joseph, Detroit, MI
Franciscan Sisters in Wheaton, IL
Conventual Franciscans Province of Our Lady of Consolation
Franciscan Sisters in Dubuque, IA
Order of Lutheran Franciscans
Franciscan Sisters in Little Falls, MN
Secular Franciscans USA
Franciscan Sisters/Assisi Heights, Rochester, MN
Franciscan Retreat Center, Prior Lake, MN
Conventual Franciscan Friars Australia
Franciscan Saint of the Day Group
RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON FRANCISCAN SPIRITUALITY
Eager to Love (Richard Rohr, OFM)
Francis of Assisi: A Model for Human Liberation (Leonardo Boff)
Finding Francis, Following Christ (Michael Crosby, OFM Cap)
The Franciscan Saints (Robert Ellsberg)
The St. Francis Prayer Book (Jon Sweeney)
The St. Clare Prayer Book (Jon Sweeney)
Clare of Assisi: A Heart Full of Love (Ilia Delio, OSF)
The Tenderness of God: Reclaiming Our Humanity (Gillian Ahlgren)
Live Like Francis: Reflections on Franciscan Life in the World (Jovian Weigel, OFM and Leonard Foley, OFM)
Francis and Clare: A True Story (Jon Sweeney)
Saint Francis of Assisi: Brother of Creation (Mirabai Starr)
Franciscan Prayer (Ilia Delio, OSF)
Francis of Assisi: A New Biography (Augustine Thompson)
Surrounded by Love: Seven Teaching from Saint Francis (Murray Bodo, OF(M)