12:00 PM12:00

Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination

The Costume Institute's spring 2018 exhibition—at The Met Fifth Avenue and The Met Cloisters—will feature a dialogue between fashion and religious artworks from The Met collection to examine the relationship between creativity and the religious imagination.

Serving as the cornerstone of the exhibition, papal robes and accessories from the Sistine Chapel sacristy, many of which have never been seen outside The Vatican, will be on view in the Anna Wintour Costume Center. Fashions from the early 20th century to the present will be shown in The Met's Medieval and Byzantine galleries and at The Met Cloisters alongside religious artworks, to provide an interpretative context for fashion's engagement with Catholicism.

We'll browse the collection, visit the Met Museum Shop, and enjoy lunch together at the Met Café.

Admission to the Museum for seniors is suggested at $17.

Since we will be carpooling, please reserve your place with Joanne by June 10.

Email: Franciscans@verizon.net

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9:30 AM09:30

A Day of Prayer at San Alfonso Retreat House

“Above all else, guard your heart; for in it are the sources of life."
Proverbs 4:23

Retreat Theme: Living From the Heart

What could be better for body and soul than to spend a lovely day by the beach together at beautiful San Alphonso Retreat Center in Long Branch, New Jersey?

This Day of Prayer will help us to ponder the state of our hearts in the light of our own stories and the plentiful love of God.

We will carpool - the retreat house is about 35 minutes away.

The cost of the day is $35 per person, and the schedule includes Continental Breakfast, Morning Prayer, a Conference, the celebration of Mass, and Lunch.




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A Visit to the Cloisters
11:00 AM11:00

A Visit to the Cloisters

The Met Cloisters, located on four acres overlooking the Hudson River in northern Manhattan's Fort Tryon Park, is the branch of the Museum dedicated to the art, architecture, and gardens of medieval Europe. Deriving its name from the medieval cloisters that form the core of the building, it presents a harmonious and evocative setting for more than 2,000 exceptional artworks and architectural elements from the medieval West.

Spring is a wonderful time to relax, renew, and take pride in our Catholic Faith as we enjoy the gardens and spectacular views of the Cloisters - we'll visit the galleries at our leisure, followed by a late lunch/early dinner together at Rory Dolan's Restaurant, which is ten minutes away. View the restaurant menu at rorydolans.com.

The suggested admission to the Cloisters is $17 for Senior citizens; lunch at Rory Dolan's is on your own.

We will carpool, and we have 3 drivers, for a total of 12 fraternity members. Contact Joanne Malick no later than May 1 to confirm.

Joanne Malick, OFS               email: Franciscans@verizon.net



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1:00 PM13:00

Why Did St. Francis Succeed?

What factors in civic and church circles created the stage upon which St. Francis shared his
message with the world? 

Location: Duns Scotus Franciscan Library

125 Thompson Street

New York, New York 10012

Sr.  Margaret Carney is a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities. She is President Emerita of St. Bonaventure University and has lectured widely on Franciscan history and spirituality. Her own research concentrates on early Franciscan lay penitents and Franciscan women. She has served in various positions within the Franciscan academic world and also seeks opportunities to open the riches of Franciscan legacy with today's seekers after a life of spiritual depth and social concern.

We'll be taking the Express bus over to Manhattan, meeting at 10:30 to begin our day together- bus stop to be determined

Interested? You may meet us at the Library for the lecture, or join us before for a light brunch at Vin et Fleurs, 69 Thompson Street at 11:30 a.m. You can browse the menu at vinetfleurs.com.


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11:00 AM11:00

How the Nuns of New York Tamed the Gangs of New York

An explosive new work about the waves of 19th-century immigrants from Ireland, including thousands of orphaned children, escaping hunger and disease. See how the Sisters of Charity of New York rose to the occasion and left a timeless legacy of rebuilding lives. Experience this celebration through music, dance and true stories.

"A luminous theatrical experience!" -  Irish Voice

Location: The Sheen Center - Loreto Theater

18 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10012

Tickets are $22 each, and must be purchased in advance.

Meet us at the Loreto theatre, or take the Express bus with us!

Contact Joanne Malick before February 10th.

Email: Franciscans@verizon.net



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3:30 PM15:30

Fraternity Meeting

Welcome 2018!

Join us for Mass, celebrated by Fr. Michael Lorentsen,, OFM Conv.

Afterwards we begin again our journey as Franciscans together with the Extractions of Saints, the annual ritual celebrated by all three branches of the Order.

The Franciscan custom of extracting patrons and a scriptural passage, on or near the Feast of the Epiphany reflects a reverence for the saints and the understanding of the need for continuing promotion of personal holiness. During the extraction ceremony, participants choose a unique name of a saint to be considered a prayerful patron in addition to a short personal scripture verse to be considered a focal point for spiritual concentrated development. This is a communal ceremony and can include not only those members of an individual friary, convent or fraternity, but those in an area, those serving in the same ministry site or those sharing the same Francican charism. The “picking” of the names and passages are accompanied by time for fellowship. This is a time of great celebration during the Christmas season and an event which we all look forward to, each year.

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7:00 PM19:00

Formation Class - For Inquirers and Candidates

Location: Rectory of the Church of St. Charles

344 Clawson Street, 10306

Faith Formation Room

Director of Formation: Rachel, T. Zagaria, OFS

Assistant Director: Joanne Malick, OFS

Email: Franciscans@verizon.net

Welcome Back to Donna and Paul, (our Candidates)

 and Gina, Nancy, Joann, Maria,

 Toni, Tina and Grace (our Inquirers)

May this New Year prove to be a fountain of blessings for you as you begin your Franciscan journey together. Be assured of the prayers of our professed members for you!




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