Archive for July, 2009

August 2009 Newsletter Now Available

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Download the August 2009 SFO News PDF.

Included in this edition: Gathering, New Web Site, & Workshop Reviews; “Francis, Build Up My Church”; Regional Elections in December.

2009 Gathering of Local Spiritual Assistants

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

On May 13, 2009, our Region hosted its annual gathering for all local spiritual assistants. The gathering’s primary purpose is to express our thanks for their kindness and faithful ministry to the fraternities they serve, as well as provide time for conversation, sharing, and fraternal togetherness.

Attendees of the 2009 Local Spiritual Assistants Gathering

From left to right, attendees were:

Bottom row: Br. Joe Middleton, OFM (St. Francis-St. Louis Fraternity, Chicago); Sr. Marilyn Renninger, OSF (St. Elizabeth of Hungary Fraternity, Frankfort); Fr. Chuck Faso, OFM (St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, Crystal Lake); Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF (St. Bernardine of Siena Fraternity, Wayne); Vickie Klick, SFO (St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, Crystal Lake).

Top row: Fr. Don Blaeser, OFM (Regional Spiritual Assistant); Fr. Kieran Kemner, OFM (NW Franciscan Community of the IHM, Palatine and St. Clare Fraternity, Oak Brook); Patrick Mendés, SFO (St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity, Oak Lawn); Fr. Ed Shea, OFM (St. Joseph Fraternity, Chicago); Fr. Jim Perluzzi, OFM (San Damiano Fraternity, Chicago); Fr. Jim Hoffman, OFM (Junipero Serra Satellite Fraternity, Northbrook); Stephanie Sormane, SFO (Regional Minister).

Regional Elections in December

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Our Regional elections are coming up this December, and all perpetually professed Secular Franciscans in the Mother Cabrini Region are invited to nominate persons whom they believe are qualified for an office. Nominations can be made by a fraternity or by an individual, and if someone is interested in a particular office, they can nominate themselves.

Note: Only perpetually professed Secular Franciscans within our Region may be nominated for elected and appointed offices.

Elected Offices

  • Minister*
  • Vice-Minister
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Formation Director
  • Councilor At-Large
  • * Candidates may not hold the office of minister at two different levels. (General Constitutions, Article 82.a)

For information on the duties and responsibilities associated with these offices, see:

Appointed Offices

The following offices are appointed positions. While these will be appointed by the newly-elected officers during their first Regional meeting, you can still recommend individuals for consideration — and individuals can put forward their own names — for the following.

  • Councilor for Apostolates
  • Councilor for Communications/PR
  • Councilor for Fraternal Life
  • Councilor for Visitations
  • Councilor for Vocations
  • Councilor for Youth/Young Adult

For information on the duties and responsibilities associated with these offices, see the Mother Cabrini Region Ministers’ Reference Manual, pages B14–18, B20.

Note: For the Mother Cabrini Region Ministers’ Reference Manual, every local minister should have a copy. Please see your local minister for more information.

To Submit Nominations

If you have nominations or suggestions, please email our 2009 Regional Nominating Committee Chair, Monica Marko, SFO, at elections @ (remove spaces).

Host Fraternity for Mt. Cabrini Celebration

Monday, July 20th, 2009

The host fraternity for our annual Mother Cabrini Celebration (November 15) will be St. Bernardine of Siena Fraternity (Wayne). More details to follow in the coming months and in the SFO News.

Regional Gathering in August

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Every year we look forward to our annual Regional Gathering, and you and your family, friends, and any interested individuals are cordially invited to attend our celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula!

  • Date: August 1 (Saturday)
  • Location: Mayslake Village, 1801 35th St., Oak Brook
  • Time: 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
    – 8:30 a.m.: Registration
    – 9 a.m.: Mass (Chapel)
  • Cost: Lunch is $15 per person; however, you’re welcome to bring your own lunch.
  • RSVP By: July 23 (Thursday)

Our featured morning guest speakers will be Fr. Sergius Wroblewski, OFM and Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF. We look forward to their presentation on the 800th Anniversary of the Franciscan Order. In the afternoon, we’ll experience a touch of Korean culture: Elisabeth Shin, SFO, our Regional Councilor At-Large, has graciously arranged for us to view a performance by the Korean Dance Group.

For more information, or to RSVP, email Chris Bruhnke, SFO, Regional Councilor for Fraternal Life, at fratlife @ (remove spaces).