Candidacy 2020 Syllabus

Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020 Assignment

ReadThe Franciscan Journey Ch. 31: Membership in the SFO FUN Manual: Profession and the Secular Franciscan by Fr. Richard Trezza, OFM (Sec. 15, pages 1-15) Choose two questions on p. 17-18 in FUN Manual on which to reflect. In addition, read Felice Brother Cangelosi’s “Profession in the SFA:  Gift and Commitment.”

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 Assignment

Read:  The Franciscan Journey Ch 26:  Universal Kinship and Ch. 27:  Bearers of Peace;  FUN Manual:  “Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation” by Pat Brandenwein (Sec. 12, pages 1-28). Reflect on questions at end of chapters 26 and 27 and also answer:  How do the themes of social justice impact my Secular Franciscan vocation?

Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019 Assignment

Read:  Chapters  24, 25, and 26 in The Franciscan Journey.  Please reflect on the questions at the end of each chapter.

Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 Assignment

ReadThe Franciscan Journey chapters 23 (“Justice and the Franciscan Life”) and 33 (“Franciscan Family Connections”).  Answer questions at the end of each of the two chapters.

FUN Manual:  “Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation” by Pat Brandenwein (Sec. 12, pages 1-28).  Answer this reflection question only, ” In what ways do your apostolic works reflect your relationship with God?”

Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019 Assignment

Read:  FUN Manual:   “The Rule of the SFO” by Teresa Baker (Sec. 11, pages 28-46).  Reflect in writing on questions on pages 29, 35, 36, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, and 43.

Sunday, Aug. 26, 2019 Assignment

Read:  FUN Manual:   “St. Francis and His Approach to Divinity” by Bob Fitzsimmons (Sec. 13:  Pages 3-16).  Reflect on questions on pages 11 and 16.

FUN Manual “Understanding Franciscan Theology, Tradition and Spirituality’ by Bob Fitzsimmons (Sec. 14:  Pages 3-17)

Sunday, July 28, 2019 Assignment

Read:  Ch. 18 and 20 of The Franciscan Journey.  Since we’ve already read Ch. 18, only write answers to Ch. 20.   In addition, read pgs. 12-18 in the FUN Manual of The Rule of the SFO–Teresa Baker, OFS, Ch. 11. Questions to consider in response to the FUN manual are:

  • Call to mind times when you’ve encountered Christ in your brothers and sisters.  Take as an example Francis and the leper:  “what was bitter to me before has become sweet. . . .” 
  • What do the words observe the gospel mean to you?  How do you observe the Gospel?
  • Which scripture passages do you know by heart–not necessarily word by word, but which ones are embedded in your heart?
  • In what specific ways do you go from gospel to life and life to gospel?

Sunday, June 23 Assignment

Read: Ch. 17 of The Franciscan Journey and “Francis and the Blessed Virgin Mary” by Susan Simeon SFO pgs. 1-16 in section 18 of the FUN manual.

Write:  Answers to questions in each of the readings.

Sunday, May 19 Assignment

Read: “St. Francis and His Approach to Divinity” by Bob Fitzsimmons in Section 13 of the FUN manual.  Also, read handout by Thaddee Matura, OFM, received at last session.

Write:  Answers to questions at the end of each of the readings.

For Review:  The Four Pillars

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Sunday, April 28 Assignment

Read:  Ch. 18 and 19 of The Franciscan Journey.

Write:  Answers to questions at the end of each chapter.

Read:  Pages 12-16 of  The Rule of the SFO, by Teresa Baker in the FUN manual.  This is in section 11.  (You have read this chapter previously.  We will be focusing on just those five pages.  Please consider the reflection questions.)

Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 Assignment

Read:  Chapter 14 of The Franciscan Journey (pgs. 155-162).

Write:  Answer questions 1-7 on pages 162-163 from The Franciscan Journey.  Choose only three types of people from the list in question 1.  This chapter covers Rule 6 as well as Article 17 of the Constitution.  Both the Rule and the Article are included at the beginning of Chapter 14.

Read:  Pg. 3-17 FUN Manual-Franciscan Theology

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Sunday, Nov. 19, 2018

Reading assignment for Sunday, Nov. 19:  FUN Manual, Ch. 11, pp. 7-17

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