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July 13, 2017

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Roger!

BY TONI CASHNELLI

PHOTO FROM https://rappelforareason.com/Saturday Roger Lopez, left, will rappel off a 26-story building (325 feet high) at 7th and Walnut to support kids with medical needs.Fr. Roger Lopez will do anything for a good cause. That includes jumping off a rooftop.

But not to worry. Roger will be securely harnessed Saturday when he rappels down the side of a 26-story building at 36 E. 7th St. in Cincinnati. He’s one of about 60 hardy souls who have agreed to participate in Rappel for a Reason, raising funds for the Aubrey Rose Foundation, which aids the families of children with life-threatening medical conditions.

“I realize in my life as a friar I have to be willing like Francis to make a complete fool of myself for a good cause,” Roger said Wednesday, explaining his motivation. “Am I terrified? Of course.” But he admits, “In all of my life I’ve realized that if I have an opportunity to do something I find really exciting, I’m gonna take advantage of it.”

Asked to participate by Principal Steve Schad, his boss at Roger Bacon High Rappellers are raising money through the Aubrey Rose Foundation.School, the intrepid friar responded, “Absolutely!” He will be joined by RB’s Alyssa Flading of the Admissions Office. It’s a two-rope event, so they’re hoping to descend at the same time. Their goal is to raise at least $1,000 apiece for the foundation. To donate to Roger’s effort, go to: rappelforareason.com

Training will be provided before the projected 9:30 a.m. takeoff. Apparently, the object going down is to stay upright. “Imagine sitting in a swing set,” Roger says. “That’s the position to try to remain in, with your feet out in front of you, and slowly lower yourself.” He plans to document the before-and-after portions of the adventure on video; check our Facebook page Saturday at facebook.com. Rappel for a Reason is expected to draw lots of TV coverage.

One more thing: Roger’s mother doesn’t know. And he’d like to keep it that way.

(Checks may be mailed to the Aubrey Rose Foundation, 3862 Race Road, Cincinnati, OH  45211. Please write Roger’s name on the memo line.)

 

His mission starts with a smile

BY TONI CASHNELLI

It isn’t enough to share the Good News.

You have to be the Good News.

It’s a tall order for any missionary. But Fr. Colin King, rarely seen without a smile, seems well-suited to the task.

“Those who know you, with your great laugh, know you will bring the joy of living the Gospel to the people of Jamaica,” homilist Fr. Jeff Scheeler predicted July 2 during the missioning of Colin at St. Anthony Shrine in Cincinnati.

Three weeks after being ordained a priest, Colin was taking another immeasurable leap of faith. Dozens of friars joined Colin’s parents, sister and friends at St. Anthony Shrine for a sendoff that reflected their admiration and affection. It was the second time in a month that a friar who calls himself “an introvert” was the center of attention – called forth, presented, questioned and deemed worthy.

“Make disciples”

Colin’s mission was succinctly spelled out in bold letters on a sign at the foot of the Shrine driveway:

FR COLIN – LIVE AND PREACH GOOD NEWS IN JAMAICA!

That day, everyone driving up Colerain Avenue got the message, a message reinforced in the ceremony by readings that have inspired and motivated missionaries through the ages.  Colin’s dad, Tunney King, read the passage from Isaiah describing the missionary as one whose life is defined by the ability to preach, heal, comfort and proclaim the Gospel. Provincial Minister Mark Soehner read the powerful commission Jesus gave his disciples in Matthew: “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations.”

In his homily Jeff recalled the stirring ritual last month “when Colin was called to the mission of being a priest,” and his brother priests invoked the Holy Spirit as, one by one, they placed their hands on his head.

Echoing Matthew, Jeff said to Colin, “You are sent today to do all these things: to bring Good News; to be Good News; to bind up what is broken; to share the Good News of God’s great love.”

But he won’t be going alone. “Colin is not just going to Jamaica because he wants to. We are sending him. He goes in our name. As he goes, we are there as well.”

“Here I am”

Colin’s missioning parallels the call issued in Ite, Nuntiate (“Go and announce”), the recently published guidelines for new forms and new expressions of Franciscan life. “Jesus said to Mary, ‘Go tell my brothers of the Good News.’ Today we are continuing that tradition. Colin, ‘Ite, Nuntiate’ – go and announce the Good News of God’s love.”

In his day, Jeff said, “St. Francis heard two calls, one as he prayed before the San Damiano Cross: ‘Go rebuild my house.’ Another came from a person with leprosy: ‘Francis, come to me, share your life, tell me of your experience with God.’ Colin, you’ve experienced this.

“We’re sending you to be a Franciscan presence. We echo the words of Jesus to Mary. We echo the call Francis heard. Thank you for your incredibly generous response, for your willingness to be far away” in Jamaica. “You’re saying, ‘Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will.’”

At the reception that followed, Colin relaxed with his smiling parents and sister Adrienne. Dad showed off the pocket emblem on his polo shirt, the Jamaican flag. Mom Norah announced they’ll be visiting Colin in January. Amidst good-natured ribbing, their son posed for photos with anyone and everyone.

A friar sitting nearby took it all in. When Colin goes to Jamaica, he said, “I think he’s going to bring a lot of laughter.”

 

‘The Lord gave me brothers’

BY BR. MARK LIGETT, OFM

Mark Ligett, OFMIn early June I was a guest participant at the provincial chapter of Holy Name Province, representing SJB Province along with Fr. Roger Lopez and Fr. Pat McCloskey. It was a wonderful experience.

The chapter was held at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y, a college sponsored by Holy Name. I was impressed with the beauty of the campus, but quickly found myself being appreciative of our own chapter and assembly venue at St. Meinrad, where all of our events are in just two buildings.  At Siena, events were spread over the campus in six different venues which required golf carts, vans and even a large bus to transport the 200-plus friars in attendance.

I have always heard that one of Holy Name’s defining characteristics is hospitality, and now I can attest to that.  From the moment I walked into the registration hall I was greeted warmly and with great enthusiasm. It was wonderful renewing old friendships and making new ones.  A surprising thing for me was how many friars walked up to me and said, “I know you from somewhere.”  In most cases, they remembered me from their visits to our retreat house here in Easton, Pa.

PHOTO FROM https://rappelforareason.com/Saturday Roger Lopez, left, will rappel off a 26-story building (325 feet high) at 7th and Walnut to support kids with medical needs.In the assembly hall we were seated in groups of eight that remained together throughout the week.  I was able to participate fully in all of the activities and discussions. There was a comfort level for me amongst all the friars that made me feel right at home.

And I felt one more thing, too.  I now know the Lord is hearing our prayers for more vocations to our way of life.  For years I have prayed for vocations, as I am sure all of us in SJB do.  When I think of new brothers joining us, I usually think of young guys in their late teens and early 20s.Thank God we have had a few of these young men persevere with us.

I am beginning to believe that God is answering our prayers for more brothers in an entirely different way.  I believe God is doing it through reconfiguration!  I keep thinking of St. Francis’ words, “And the Lord gave me brothers.”  Next May with a simple vote, we will decide whether or not to welcome almost 1,000 new brothers into our lives, brothers the Lord is waiting to give us.  I am excited for the new brothers I met while at Siena PHOTO BY JIM McINTOSH, OFMFriars hike to one of the six venues at Siena College.College, and look forward to the many new brothers I have yet to meet!

I left there feeling more connected to the Order of Friars Minor than ever before in my life.  I feel provincial boundaries collapsing.  As I explained to the brothers back home, I feel less an SJB friar and more just a friar!

HNP chapter ‘truly fraternal’

BY FR. PAT McCLOSKEY, OFM

Br. Mark Ligett, Fr. Roger Lopez and I attended this chapter, which began on Sunday evening, June 4, at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y.  “Pilgrims, Not Strangers” was its theme. We left on Wednesday, but the chapter continued through noon on Friday.

The hospitality extended to 11 friar observers from John the Baptist, Holy Name, OLG Pat McCloskey, OFMand St. Barbara was wonderful. Assumption had no reps because they were celebrating their chapter that week.

Observers joined in discussions at 30 groups in the Sarazen Student Union’s room where all plenary and discussion sessions took place. The Masses, Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer services were joyful and faith-filled. Meals and snacks were delicious.

Sr. Barbara Reid, OP (vice president at CTU), gave the keynote address, “Biblical Reflections on Pilgrimage.” A panel composed of two women (a lawyer from Mexico and an FMM sister) and two men (an Imam and a recent graduate of St. Bonaventure) also addressed pilgrimage.

“Making Fraternity Our Mission” (the ESC’s White Paper on revitalization and renewal) was the subject of three extended table discussions.

PHOTO BY JIM McINTOSH, OFM11 observers were part of 30 discussion groups.At open mike time, friars had 90 seconds to speak once on a given topic. At 60 seconds a bell rang, and 30 seconds later the friar was reminded that time had expired.

Two evening presentations were optional but well attended: Fr. Michael Calabria, OFM (“What ISIS Doesn’t Want You to Know about Islam”) and a viewing of and discussion about the movie I Am Not Your Negro (based on the life of James Baldwin).

HNP’s chapter was a truly fraternal experience.

 

Your best dental defense? Brushing!

Daily brushing and flossing of natural teeth is essential to maintaining good oral health.  Plaque can build up quickly on the teeth, especially if oral hygiene is neglected, and lead to tooth decay and gum disease. To maintain good oral health, it’s important for all individuals – no matter what your age – to:

  • Brush at least two times a day with a fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss at least once a day.
  • Rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice daily.
  • Visit your dentist on a regular schedule for a cleaning and an oral exam.

Antibacterial rinse can reduce bacteria that can cause plaque and gum disease, according to the American Dental Association.

Age in and of itself is not the dominant factor in determining oral health.  But certain medical conditions such as arthritis in the hands and fingers may make brushing or flossing difficult to impossible to perform.  Drugs can also affect oral health and may make a change in your dental treatment necessary.

Get to your dentist at least once a year for a check-up and thorough cleaning unless your dentist feels you need to be seen more often.  During an oral exam your dentist will check your face and neck, your bite, your jaw, your lymph nodes and salivary glands, your inner cheeks, your tongue and other interior surfaces, soft and hard palate, gum tissue, and your teeth (for decay, condition of fillings, and cracks).

Let your dentist know of any changes you may have noticed since your last visit. Happy cleaning!

-–Michelle Viacava, RN
Province Nurse

Know your risks

Many seniors are at risk for oral health problems such as:

Darkened teeth: This is caused partly by changes in the dentin (bony tissue of the tooth) and by a lifetime of stain-causing foods and beverages.

Dry mouth:  Dry mouth is caused by reduced saliva flow, which can be a result of cancer treatments that use radiation to the head and neck area, as well as certain diseases, and medication side effects.

Diminished sense of taste: Advancing age impairs the sense of taste, but diseases, medications, and dentures can also contribute to this sensory loss.

Root decay: This is caused by exposure of the tooth root to decay-causing acids.  The tooth roots become exposed as gum tissue recedes from the tooth, making them more prone to decay.

Gum disease: This is caused by plaque and made worse by food left in teeth, tobacco products, poor fitting bridges and dentures, poor diets, and illnesses such as anemia, cancer, and diabetes.

Tooth loss: Gum disease is a leading cause.

Uneven jawbone: Not replacing missing teeth allows the rest of the teeth to drift and shift into open spaces.

 

 

  • Greg Friedman with Cardinal McCarrick, and part of the crowd at A Capitol FourthJuly 7, Fr. Greg Friedman greeted Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired Washington Archbishop, at a concert at the Monastery of the Holy Land in D.C. “He’s affiliated to the Order and so may wear the Franciscan habit, which he does proudly when he comes to visit,” Greg says. “He’s a most gracious gentleman!” The monastery hosted the Utah Children’s Choir in a program of faith-filled and patriotic music.  Earlier that week Greg observed America’s birthday by attending A Capitol Fourth, the national concert performed on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol and broadcast on PBS.
  • The July issue of Fraternitas can be downloaded from: ofm.org
  • Reminder: The box with social media logos on Page 2 has links to our province website, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram pages, YouTube videos and past issues of SJB News Notes (the mobile-friendly version).
  • PHOTOS FROM https://www.facebook.com/greg.friedman.31Construction continues at St. Anthony Friary.When they return to St. Anthony Friary in Nairobi on Aug. 1, student friars will be living in a construction zone as work continues on the addition to the living quarters. Fortunately, “They are making good progress,” Br. Tim Lamb writes. “The lower portion should be OK to live in by then. That would be a great relief in that we would not have to relocate some friars and have a split community, some here and some at another location.  The second photo shows that the addition is ready for the roof. The friar seen here is Br. Fred, a second year theologian from Kenya.” Tim is Secretary of Formation and Master of the House of Theology for the Province of St. Francis in Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius.

As a kid I loved the stretch of time after school let out in June.  It seemed that we would have an endless amount of summer to ride bikes, play board games, play baseball, enjoy Popsicles in the heat, dripping down our chin.  Of course, it was a great time to learn how to deal with “boredom”, which initially meant complaining to our Mom that we didn’t have anything to do.  When we were 4, we got hints.  But when we were 7, it was clearly not her problem.  Thank God for an open field behind our home, a lake and a creek.  We came back soaking wet, with frogs or fish we wanted as pets, and plastic ice cream containers full of black raspberries.

This next week I will be on vacation.  I hope that every friar takes his vacation.  Sabbath was an important weekly celebration in the Jewish calendar, where by recreation we are re-created.  It let the priority of family and beauty and truth take over efficiency and cleverness.  Vacation can be a time of Sabbath to let our bodies and minds rest, to enjoy something different so that we can remember what’s important.  I doubt that I’ll be bringing back frogs to the Motherhouse.  But maybe a little sunshine in my soul.  Bet the staff would like that!

 

— Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM

Send comments or questions to: sjbfco@franciscan.org

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Asked to participate by Principal Steve Schad, his boss at Roger Bacon High Rappellers are raising money through the Aubrey Rose Foundation.School, the intrepid friar responded, “Absolutely!” He will be joined by RB’s Alyssa Flading of the Admissions Office. It’s a two-rope event, so they’re hoping to descend at the same time. Their goal is to raise at least $1,000 apiece for the foundation. To donate to Roger’s effort, go to: rappelforareason.com

PHOTO FROM https://rappelforareason.com/Saturday Roger Lopez, left, will rappel off a 26-story building (325 feet high) at 7th and Walnut to support kids with medical needs.Fr. Roger Lopez will do anything for a good cause. That includes jumping off a rooftop.

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I am beginning to believe that God is answering our prayers for more brothers in an entirely different way.  I believe God is doing it through reconfiguration!  I keep thinking of St. Francis’ words, “And the Lord gave me brothers.”  Next May with a simple vote, we will decide whether or not to welcome almost 1,000 new brothers into our lives, brothers the Lord is waiting to give us.  I am excited for the new brothers I met while at Siena PHOTO BY JIM McINTOSH, OFMFriars hike to one of the six venues at Siena College.College, and look forward to the many new brothers I have yet to meet!

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