Earth Day as a Franciscan

We friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province are members of The Order of Friars Minor Conventual. We are a religious community founded by St. Francis of Assisi, living in an Order where friars commit themselves to the Gospel life of perfect charity, through the public vows of Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity. We are consecrated to God through the ministry of the Church, by living a common life, in union with the Rule of our Seraphic Father, Saint Francis.

We friars share a great respect for creation and life, as is evidenced through the work of the JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission) of Our Lady of the Angels Province. In union with the April 22, 2017 celebrations of Earth Day, we encourage you to incorporate the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Pope Francis refers to our Earth as our Common Home and has added caring for it as a new act of mercy. Consider adding a work of mercy to your Earth Day celebrations. St. Francis respected even the smallest creatures of Earth and we humbly try to follow on his pathway of loving care.
As this year marks the 500th Anniversary of the creation of our separate Franciscan Families, please take a moment to read through our Order’s history to better understand our future. Franciscans have a deep desire to walk together and grow in common vocation and mission. In 2016, members of different Franciscan Orders gathered to benefit a reconciliation between the Franciscan families, so that we can all more powerfully and clearly give witness to the charism of St. Francis and St. Clare. Read More