Mount St. Francis , Indiana , February 29, 2008: Today, the Conventual Franciscan Friars re-launched their North American website, www.franciscans.org. This new communications ministry and outreach was begun in January 2006 and has since developed a large daily following, in the Catholic Community and beyond. In an effort to further the growth of this Franciscan online community the Friars have refreshed the site and added some important new content and features. franciscans.org and the ‘Join the BrotherHood’ initiative continue to be an invitation to explore Franciscan life and spirituality. The invitation is open to everyone but is specifically designed for Catholic men and women looking to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ and His Church through St. Francis of Assisi and Franciscan community life and service.
Vocation exploration, support and conversation are the hallmarks of this exciting online ministry. However at its core the initiative is about storytelling and using video and multimedia forms to engage a younger audience. New content features include: a blog written by Vocation Director, Friar Michael Lorentsen, OFM Conv. on his ministry and the discernment process; sections of the site that organize specific information on Vocations, Franciscan World Missions and Environmental action; increased Spanish language content; a new design and improved interface; upgraded video streaming presentation and player. Our daily and weekly Podcasting Ministry continues to offer thought provoking and informative reflections on scripture and Catholic issues. As well, The St. Francis Market e-store is a unique place to find all things Franciscan. It provides ongoing financial support for this online ministry and Friars in formation.
The Conventual Franciscan Friars (Order of Friars Minor Conventual) is an international order of Catholic men, priests and brothers, living in community and serving the faithful and the poor according to the Rule of 1223 written by St Francis of Assisi. The Friars have served the North American Catholic community through multiple ministries since the mid 1800’s. If you would like to learn more about the ‘Join the BrotherHood’ and franciscans.org please contact Michael Ryan at 416-450-7636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.