Tuesday, July 21, 2009

They're on a collision course for Falls Church, VA

As you can see they have round the bend at Front Royal. Sunday they passed through Chateau O'Brien winery in Markham and so that puts them dead on target... Falls Church VA here they come!

June 16, four young Franciscan friars and their mentors set out on foot from Roanoke, Va., for a 300-mile pilgrimage to Washington, D.C. Following the example of St. Francis, they are depending upon the generosity of people they meet along the way for work, food and shelter. Throughout their six-week journey, “We all hope for openings to reflect with other young people on the important issues of our times, the longings of our human hearts, and the desire for peace throughout the world.”

Check here to see some of their postings along the way.

The mission statement for the Franciscan friars of St. John the Baptist Province is:

Franciscan Fire

Living and proclaiming the Gospel
is our goal. We do so:
as brothers to each other
and to the world;
Living with and for the poor;
Promoting justice, peace and
the care of creation.
Working with all women and men
of good will;
Inviting them to share
our Franciscan spirit.
Facing our future with hope,
we echo
Francis of Assisi who said,
"Let us begin again."

This post is for Athos as he can keep watch for the friars and possibly help them with a safe conclusion of their journey into the nation's capital. But beware Ath, because you may get caught up in the charisma and ask to join - well you can't join the friars but you could run off and join us in The Secular Franciscan Order - SFO. That would be a hoot.

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