June 26, 2020

Dear Congregational and Associate Members of the Federation,

Our Invitational Annual Conference ‘Called to this Hour,’ will be in Denver June 11-14, 2021.

In the meantime, our National Board is happy to invite EACH Sister/Brother/Associate to attend ONE Zoom Meeting this summer to hear about and discuss briefly the RESULTS OF THE CHARISM SERVICES SURVEY. They are a great tool to prepare for the Conference!

Even though the DATES are assigned for REGIONAL SESSIONS, the fact that you attend ONE is more important than WHICH ONE you attend.

Dr. Bryan Froehle and Margaret Carney OSF will lead these sessions. Close to the date that you choose to attend, you will receive an e-mail reminder and the link for the Zoom Call.

To reserve a place, RSVP as soon as possible using the form below.

Thank you!
sr Carol, sfma and sr Lilia, lsosf

RSVP for the Summer 2020 Regional Meetings

REGION 1 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 3:00-4:30 PM ESTREGION 1 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM CSTREGION 1 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM MSTREGION 1 Tuesday, July 14, 2020 12:00-1:30 PM PSTREGION 2 Thursday, July 16, 2020 3:00-4:30 PM ESTREGION 2 Thursday, July 16, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM CSTREGION 2 Thursday, July 16, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM MSTREGION 2 Thursday, July 16, 2020 12:00-1:30 PM PSTREGION 3 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 3:00-4:30 PM ESTREGION 3 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM CSTREGION 3 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM MSTREGION 3 Tuesday, July 21, 2020 12:00-1:30 PM PSTREGION 4 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 4:00-5:30 PM ESTREGION 4 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 3:00-4:30 PM CSTREGION 4 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM MSTREGION 4 Tuesday, July 28, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM PSTREGION 5 Tuesday, August 4, 2020 3:00-4:30 PM ESTREGION 5 Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:00-3:30 PM CSTREGION 5 Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM MSTREGION 5 Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:00-1:30 PM PSTREGION 6 Thursday, August 4, 2020 1:00-2:30 PM ESTREGION 6 Thursday, August 4, 2020 12:00-1:30 PM CSTREGION 6 Thursday, August 6, 2020 11:00-12:30 PM MSTREGION 6 Thursday, August 6, 2020 10:00-11:30 PM PST

Our “Invitational” Conference is Postponed Until 2021!

Dear Franciscan Federation Members, Associates, Friends,                                                                                         

We met with NIX and considered some later dates in 2020 in Denver for this gathering.   However, the unknown scope of the Coronavirus Pandemic in the next few months, the concerns of our potential participants, and the desire to safeguard our resources, program and process, led us to postpone the conference dates and consider more options in 2021.

We will meet on May 1, 2020, with NIX, to determine our dates and site.

We are resolved to ‘make every moment, every situation an opportunity for communion’ in the time leading up to this Conference for ‘we cannot let ourselves be overcome by fear, nor allow this time to pass without living it fully with joyful fidelity.’

Sister Carol SFMA / Sister Lilia LSOSF, Co-Executive Directors
Frank Scornaienchi TOR, Board President / Suzanne M. Kush CSSF, Vice President
Margaret Carney OSF / Corrina Thomas FSPA, Co-Chairs, Commission of Charism Services


Annual Franciscan Conference 2020 Changed to 2021

UPDATES will be coming for 2021!

Our National Board is happy to be 


The Invitational Federation Assembly in 2020  seeks to answer the following:

  • How can more strategic collaboration strengthen the Franciscan voice as we respond to needs in both our nation and our church in this time of crisis?
  • How can leaders of major Franciscan organizations collectively plan for a sustainable future for many Franciscan sponsored initiatives and programs?
  • How will changing demographics and organizational structures of both the friars and many sisters’ congregations impact membership and the work of national Franciscan organizations?

The Denver Assembly Planning Group, which includes the Executive Committee of the Commission of Charism Services, a few National Board Members, our Co-Executive Directors, and representatives of Franciscan Action Network, Secular Franciscans, Franciscan Mentors, Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, is working… and is pleased to announce

Brian D. McLaren

Brian D. McLaren is an author, speaker, activist, and public theologian.

A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” – just, generous, and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is a faculty member of  The Living School, which is part of the Center for Action and Contemplation, and he co-leads the Common Good Messaging Team, which is part of Vote Common Good. He is also an Auburn Senior Fellow and a leader in the Convergence Network, through which he has developed an innovative training/mentoring program for pastors, church planters, and lay leaders called Convergence Leadership Project. He works closely with the Wild Goose Festival, the Fair Food Program‘s Faith Working Group, and Progressive Christianity. His most recent joint project is an illustrated children’s book (for all ages) called Cory and the Seventh Story and his upcoming writing projects include The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey (Fall 2019) Faith After Doubt (Spring 2021), and Do I Stay Christian? (Spring 2022).
Born in 1956, he graduated from University of Maryland with degrees in English (BA, summa cum laude, 1978, and MA, in 1981). His academic interests included Medieval drama, Romantic poets, modern philosophical literature, and the novels of Dr. Walker Percy. In 2004, he was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree (honoris causa) from Carey Theological Seminary in Vancouver, BC, Canada, and in 2010, he received a second honorary doctorate from Virginia Theological Seminary (Episcopal).

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brian-D-McLaren/65814657989?ref=ts

Fall 2019 Release: The Galapagos Islands: A Spiritual Journey
New Children’s Book: Cory and the Seventh Story (available now!)
2016 book: The Great Spiritual Migration


Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson is the Global Ambassador of Leadership Roundtable.

Kerry is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities).
Kerry has served as a trustee on the national boards of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps; Education for Parish Service Foundation; the Gregorian University Foundation; the National Catholic AIDS Network; the Institute for Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry at Boston College; the Center of Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA); the Center for the Study of Church Management at Villanova University; Busted Halo: Paulist Young Adult Ministries; America Media; Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities; FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities); and the National Pastoral Life Center. From 1995 to 2010 she served on the national committee for the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development. She currently serves on the core group of the Initiative of Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University and the advisory boards of the Get in Touch Foundation, an international breast health advocacy organization, and Voices of Faith, a global platform in the heart of the Vatican to celebrate the contribution of women to the Church and world. Additionally, Kerry is a member of the Pastoral Council for the Archdiocese of Hartford and is a trustee of Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University.

She is the prize winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities first published by FADICA in 1998 and now in its 8th edition. She has been an advisor to grantmaking foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies since 1990.
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