Date: Sun, Apr 8, 2018 at 5:37 PM
Subject: 2018 JPIC Award Nominations
Easter Greetings of peace, dear National Family!
He is Risen! He is risen indeed! Alleluia! Blessed Second Sunday of Easter! Blessed Sunday of the Divine Mercy! I pray this finds you all well and filled with the peace of our Risen Lord!
Our Holy Rule states that we must be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of our human lives and by our courageous initiatives. So, it is that time again when we as a Franciscan community nominate those individuals who are doing exemplary work in the areas of peace, social justice, and the care of God’s creation.
Please prayerfully consider nominating that ordinary Franciscan who steps out into the extraordinary.
Attached is the nomination form. Only nomination forms will be accepted.
Nominations are only open to members of the worldwide Franciscans Family - Friar or Brother; Poor Clare; 3rd Order Regular Sister; 3rd Order Secular, Ecumenical Franciscan – Clergy or Lay member.
Please email the forms back to me at ctownes26 @ gmail.com. Note the new email.
PLEASE DO NOT HIT REPLY TO THIS EMAIL. Please put JPIC AWARD in the Subject line as some emails mysteriously take a walk on the Spam side.
I will send you an acknowledgement when I receive your form.
DEADLINE FOR ALL NOMINATIONS IS SUNDAY, JULY 15, 2018. This is the first call for
Any questions, please feel free to contact me or your National JPIC Commission representative.
Carolyn D Townes, OFS., attached "Franciscan Season of Caring for Creation" which follows in PDF format
Andy Buchleitner, ofs, writes thought-provoking articles from time to time. They are JPIC related:
I’m a firm believer that Good News needs to be shared, especially with those most in need. I would like to tell you of a way our fraternity has begun an initiative to bring some very Good News to those in prison.
The idea came from my weekly visits where I continuously heard the inmates complain, “We have nothing of a spiritual nature to read that is available to us as Catholics in here.” In exploring the Department of Corrections’ policy, I discovered that volunteers are, in fact, able to provide inmates with spiritual material in addition to the Bible (with the approval of the Chaplain). As the Liturgy of the Hours is the second most read book in my library, I checked to see if this book would meet approval. It did. Our fraternity then decided that we would purchase the number of copies needed to provide for those of the Catholic population that were prequalified that they would use it. Fraternity members further decided to personalize the book before we passed it out by including a short note (using first names only) of encouragement, written on the front page. The direction I gave the inmates was that they were to pray this prayer in union with (and for) their “sponsor” and the entire Catholic Church.
For a very small investment ($16 a Barnes and Nobel) you can obtain the Shorter Christian Prayer. The smiles alone, both on the fraternity members and the inmate faces, more than paid me back for my donation. We might not currently be able to put prayer back into the schools but, through this outreach, we can begin to bring it into the prisons.
Please let me know if I can assist you in any way with this JPIC centered outreach. Email- email@example.com phone: (850)559-0525.