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Feast of the Portiuncula Information

Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula
Saturday, August 3, 2019

You and Your Family and Friends are cordially invited to this Franciscan
Gathering hosted by the Mother Cabrini Region of Secular Franciscans.

It will be held at Mayslake Village
1801 35th Street
Oak Brook, Illinois

GUEST SPEAKER: SR. MADGE KARECKI, SSJ-TOSF
Sr. Madge was born in Chicago and entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St.Francis. She studied at Loyola University, the Franciscan Institute of St. Bonaventure University and the University of South Africa. She has spent most of her years in various forms of adult
education in retreats, workshops, seminary classes at the university level.
Sr. Madge spent 22 years in South Africa where she worked with a congregation of ZuluFranciscan Sisters to help their transition to self-governance through deepening their understanding of the Franciscan charism. From 1997-2005, she was the co-author with Fr. Sergius Wroblewski, OFM, of a bi-monthly series of Franciscan Study Guides, while they devoted themselves to Franciscan education throughout the States and beyond.
Sr. Madge holds a doctorate in Missiology (the critical study of Christian mission) from the University of South Africa. She is the author of three books on mission and many articles on Franciscan topics and on mission.
She has worked with Friars, Poor Clares, TOR religious and Secular Franciscans in the U.S., Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Namibia, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, and Nigeria.
Sr. Madge is the Spiritual Assistant for the St. Bernadine of Siena Fraternity in Wayne, IL and the Little Portion of St. Francis Fraternity in Valparaiso, IN. She is also on the national board of the American Society of Missiology.

AGENDA
8:30 a.m. Registration
9:00 a.m. Mass
9:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast
10:15 a.m. What Can the Portiuncula Teach Us About
Francis’ Vocation?
11:45 a.m. Break
12:00 p.m Lunch **
1:15 p.m. Exploring the Franciscan Charism Today as
Secular Franciscans
2:15 p.m. Break
2:30 p.m. Evening Prayer

** CATERED LUNCH – $15.00 PER PERSON
(You can bring your own lunch, if you prefer)
PLEASE RSVP BY FRATERNITY TO:
Susan Gribbon, OFS, by July 21, 2019
It will help us a lot if fraternities could have one person call with the total for your group. Many thanks for your understanding and assistance!

Regional Gathering on August 4

The Region’s annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula will be Saturday, August 4, at Mayslake Village, 1801 35th St., Oak Brook. Lunch is $15 per person; however, attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches. In the morning, Br. Joe Middleton, OFM, Regional Spiritual Assistant, will speak on “Stories from a Pilgrim’s Perspective: The Holy Land 2012” and “Testamony from Outside the Comfort Zone”.

To RSVP

  • Secular Franciscans: It would be helpful if each fraternity minister (or a delegate) would send one email for the entire fraternity, as replies from individual attendees can become quite overwhelming. Therefore, we ask that fraternity ministers email Bonnie Michels, OFS at fratlife @ ilofs.org (remove spaces) with the total number of attendees from their fraternities by July 27 (Friday).
  • Guests and Others: Email Bonnie Michels, OFS at fratlife @ ilofs.org (remove spaces) by July 27 (Friday).

Agenda (times are approximate)

NOTE: After Mass in the Chapel, all remaining activities will be in the Senior Center.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration (outside of Chapel)
  • 9:00 a.m.: Mass
  • 9:45 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
  • 10:15 a.m.: Address
  • 11:45 a.m.: Lunch
  • 1:00 p.m.: Address
  • 2:00 p.m.: Evening Prayer

About Br. Middleton, OFM

Br. Joe Middleton, OFM, who entered the Order of Friars Minor in 1991, is the Regional Spiritual Assistant and the local spiritual assistant for St. Francis-St. Louis Fraternity (Chicago). Previously, he served as the Spiritual Assistant for the St. Clare Regional Fraternity. Br. Middleton recently returned from the Holy Land and wants to share his experiences there with us.

Date Change for Formation Workshop

The dates for the Formation Workshop have been changed to September 17-18 (Saturday-Sunday). The workshop will still encompass two full days at Mayslake Village (Oak Brook), with no overnight stay.

All local ministers and formation directors are expected to attend, with as many spiritual assistants as possible, and others involved with formation. More information will be forthcoming later in the summer, but please reserve these dates now.

NOTE: This event replaces the Leadership Workshop for 2011.

Regional Gathering on August 7

The Region’s annual celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula will be Saturday, August 7, at Mayslake Village, 1801 35th St., Oak Brook. Lunch is $15 per person; however, attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches. In the morning, Br. Joe Middleton, OFM, Regional Spiritual Assistant, will speak on “The Franciscan Experience of the Portiuncula: Its Influence Then and Now”, and the film, Assisi: Home of St. Francis, will be shown in the afternoon.

To RSVP

  • Secular Franciscans: It would be helpful if each fraternity minister (or a delegate) would send one email for the entire fraternity, as replies from individual attendees can become quite overwhelming. Therefore, we ask that fraternity ministers email Lorna Miressi, SFO, at viceminister @ ilofs.org (remove spaces) with the total number of attendees from their fraternities by July 26 (Monday).
  • Guests and Others: Email Lorna Miressi, SFO, at viceminister @ ilofs.org (remove spaces) by July 26 (Monday).

Agenda (times are approximate)

NOTE: After Mass in the Chapel, all remaining activities will be in the Senior Center.

  • 8:30 a.m.: Registration (outside of Chapel)
  • 9 a.m.: Mass
  • 9:45 a.m.: Continental Breakfast
  • 10:15 a.m.: Br. Joe Middleton, OFM
  • 11:45 a.m.: Lunch
  • 1 p.m.: Film, Assisi: Home of St. Francis
  • 2 p.m.: Evening Prayer

About Br. Middleton, OFM

Br. Joe Middleton, OFM is the Regional Spiritual Assistant, and is also the local spiritual assistant for St. Francis-St. Louis Fraternity (Chicago). Previously, he served as the Spiritual Assistant for the St. Clare Regional Fraternity. Br. Middleton entered the Order of Friars Minor in 1991 and has traveled several times to Assisi.

About the Film

In Assisi: Home of St. Francis, St. Francis (Christopher Jones) takes viewers on a tour of Assisi by visiting sites that played a significant role in his life. Assisi’s spiritual and mystical dimension, and its artistic and cultural heritage are explored, including its winding medieval streets, its squares, and its festivals.