Order of Saint Francis

A Contemporary Expression of Franciscan Tradition within the Anglican Communion

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Peace and all good to you from the little brothers of the Order of Saint Francis (OSF)!

We are an active, Apostolic Christian religious order within the Anglican Communion, in communion with the See of Canterbury. Rather than living in an enclosed communal setting, OSF Brothers live independently in different parts of the world, with ministries based on the needs of their local communities. Members are baptized men who have been confirmed within the Anglican Communion who  voluntarily  commit  to  live by a set of professed vows for a term of years or for life. 

The order was founded in 2003 by Br Nicholas Kis. We are now blessed to have over 25 vowed brothers serving Christ across the world.

OSF through the years

We welcome our Postulant class of 2019

Br. Chris Named an ECF Fellow

ECF has a long-standing commitment to raising up learned leaders for the Episcopal Church. Since 1964, ECF has awarded 214 Fellowships to individuals pursuing advanced academic studies and special ministries with the aim of educating and equipping future clergy and lay leaders.

The Fellowship Partners Program has evolved over the decades to adapt to the changing needs of the Church, society, and the world, yet its purpose of encouraging talented leaders remained the same. ECF Fellows are involved in all aspects of the Church’s life.

ECF has named four individuals named to the 2019 Fellows class — Tucker Adkins, Francisco Garcia, Callie Swanlund, and our own Br. Christopher McNabb. These innovative and emerging leaders are pairing their expertise with their passion to make a positive impact on the Episcopal Church and beyond.

Br. Chris was awarded a grant to continue his work with immigrant communities and first responders.

From a story by Trinity Church

For the Love of God!

It is with great joy that the following announcements are made..

Br Billy Isenor on June 7th was installed as the rector of St Augustine's - Parkland Anglican Church.

 

Br John-Paul Markides on June 1st took charge of St Andrews By The Lake.

 

Br Chris McNabb accepted a call to serve as the Priest-in-Charge at St. Francis Episcopal Church in North Bellmore, Long Island. 

Br Alan Spurgeon

Take Action

Have you heard the saying 'Preach the gospel at all times. And if necessary, use words.'? It is typically attributed to St Francis but did you know scholars can not find a reference to it in any writing? It is more likely that this saying comes from the Rule of 1224 under 'Of Preachers',

 

"…Nevertheless, let all the brothers preach by their works.”.

 

Then in the Little Flowers of Saint Francis we find, "But as for me, I desire this privilege from the Lord, that never may I have any privilege from man, except to do reverence to all, and to convert the world by obedience to the Holy Rule rather by example than by word."

To a Franciscan this is a core of our being. We take action, we roll up our sleeves and get into the mess of life and be the face of God to those that are in need. Here is another passage attributed to Saint Francis where he talks about action..

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way. Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible. While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart. The deeds you do may be the only sermon some will hear today” - St Francis

Today when tragedy strikes social media is filled with "Praying for ___", but we have to do more than just pray, we have to take action. God placed us here to be the ones that take action. We are not idle spectators watching a Tv show.  Pope Francis recently said we have to, "unite prayer with action." The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Most Reverend Michael Curry describes in the "Way of Love" that we, "Go: Move beyond one’s comfort to witness to the love of God with words and actions."

It is part of the core of a Franciscan that she or he will come to the defense of the weak, the oppressed, the lonely, the sick and dying, the homeless, and the hungry. We fight to protect God's creation and all that inhabit it. We also act as a compass to the body of the baptized, through our actions, how to follow in the footsteps of Christ.

1 John 3:18 (NIV)

Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

James 2:14-17 (NIV)
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

May the Holy Spirit and God of Love continue to move you to action,

Br Alan

Br Sam Kincaide

Once a week Brother Sam goes to his favorite coffee shop, puts up his sign sips his coffee and patiently waits. Some days no one will show and on other days he will get several that stop in to talk. He buys them a coffee and as he puts it, "I just sit there and listen." He even has a few regulars that come in. He did make sure to ask the owner of the shop if he could do this and they thought it was a great idea.

Br Alan Spurgeon

Don't let a food pantry go empty. If anything we should make sure they are overflowing.

 

You see them around town. They are usually found on church properties along a sidewalk or street. I'm talking about these little free food pantries that are springing up. Yes, almost every town or city has a food bank but sometimes that is not enough. People may be unable to get to a food bank because they work 3 jobs just to be able to pay rent so their children are not homeless. Some don't have a way to get to the food bank because it is miles across town. These little food pantries help those in tough situations.

I ask that every time you go to the grocery store pickup and set aside in your car a bag with the following long shelf life items.. 

box of Mac-n-cheese

bag of 5 ramen packets

box of juice packets

box of pop-tarts

a few cans of soup, stew, or ravioli (get the ones with the pop-top)

4 pack of apple sauce cups or jello

instant rice such as broccoli and cheese or mexican rice

4 pack of toilet paper

small jar of peanut butter

bottled water

 

Don't forget to include items that are easy to chew. Some of the people using the pantry may have painful teeth or gums because they can not afford to go to a dentist. Seniors may be using the pantry and might not be able to afford dentures.

You could even pick up a small teddy bear or box of crayons in case there are kids going without presents on their birthday.

 

Did you know that you can get each one of the items above for $1 each at The Dollar store! The list above would only cost you $14. Spend just $10 to $20 and leave the bag in your car. Then when you pass one of these food pantries stop and put your items in. You will be giving a needy individual or family the ability to eat for a day or two until their next paycheck, food stamps, or social security check comes in.

With everyone doing just a little bit we can make a huge difference.

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