Little Portion Friary Closing:

Please read the following letter issued by our Minister Provincial regarding the closing of Little Portion Friary.

 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Recognizing that our numbers in the Province of the Americas are diminishing, and as we are faced with the impact of aging and health issues, the brothers met in Chapter earlier this week in Los Angeles to explore options for our future.  Committing to heed again Christ’s call to Francis to rebuild the Church, we have put in place an action plan to regroup, and to repair and reinvigorate our community life.

After much deliberation and prayer we concluded that we are unfortunately no longer able to afford — financially or in manpower — to keep Little Portion Friary, and so we will begin the process of selling the rest of that property while retaining the cemetery and road access to it, and ensuring its perpetual maintenance.  We expect this process to take some time.

This is the hardest decision that we, as a Province, have ever had to make.  Please keep the brothers in your prayers, and especially the more senior members for whom this is particularly difficult to accept.

With love,

Jude, ssf

Quotes of the Day

  • Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.

    St. Francis
  • May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half-truths, and superficial relationships, so that you may live deep within your heart.

    May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may work for justice, freedom and peace.

    May God bless you with tears to shed for those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation and war, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them and to turn their pain into joy.

    May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done.

    The Four-Fold Franciscan Blessing
  • I used to work with my hands, as I still want to, and I want all the other brothers to work at a task which is honest and becoming to our manner of life.

    Those who do not know how to work should learn, not because they are eager for the pay due their labor, but for example’s sake and to banish idleness.

    And when we receive no pay for our work, let us have recourse to the table of the Lord, begging alms from door to door.

    St. Francis
  • I am Peace

    surrounded by Peace

    secure in Peace.

    Peace protects me

    Peace supports me

    Peace is in me

    Peace is mine – All is well.

    Peace to all beings

    Peace from all beings

    I am steeped in Peace

    Absorbed in Peace

    In the streets, at our work,

    having peaceful thoughts,

    Peaceful words, peaceful acts.

    A Buddhist Meditation
  • True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice.

    Attributed to St. Francis
  • Once a young woman asked Hafiz, “What is the sign of someone knowing God?”

    Hafiz remained silent for a few moments and looked deep into the young person’s eyes, then said, “Dear, they have dropped the knife. They have dropped the cruel knife most so often use upon their tender self and others.”

    Hafiz

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