Friday, December 8, 2017

January, 2018 Fraternity Gathering

December 8, 2017
Happy Advent!

St. John XXIII Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, Rock Island, Illinois, wishes you a happy Advent Season!

We continue to meet regularly on the first Sunday of the month.  As such, our next meeting is scheduled for January 7, 2018, 2pm, at Trinity/Unity Point Hospital, 2701 17th Street, Rock Island, Illinois.  This will be our Christmas party gathering as we will still be in the Christmas season.  Rather than a late lunch, the fare will be more akin to heavy hors d'oeuvres.  Though we will forego the regular meeting, we will conclude by gathering for Evening Prayer.  (For those involved in initial formation, there will be classes at 1pm and 4pm.)  Family and Friends of Francis are also most welcomed to join us!  Peace and all good!  -Kent, OFS

Monday, January 9, 2017

Happy New Year!  Welcome to 2017!  Our next regularly scheduled fraternity meeting with be at 2:00pm on Sunday, February 5th.  We continue to have our regular meetings at Unity Point Health-Trinity Rock Island Hospital, 2701 17th St., Rock Island, Illinois in Conference Room #1 (back the Jardyne Auditorium on the main level.)  We have formation classes before and after our regular meeting.  If you would like to learn more about St. Francis of Assisi and the Secular Franciscan Order, please join us for a meeting, email or give us a call!  Peace and all good, -Kent E. Ferris, ofs, Minister, Pope St. John XXIII Fraternity

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Meeting on Palm Sunday, rather than on Easter Sunday for April, 2015 Fraternity Meeting

St. John XXIII Fraternity in Rock Island, Illinois will not be meeting at our regular scheduled time in April.  We normally meet on the 1st Sunday of the month.  This year Easter falls on the 1st Sunday of April.  Instead, the fraternity will meet on Sunday, March 29, 2015.  Initial Formation will take place at 1pm, with the Regular Meeting taking place at 2pm.  The meeting will take place in our regular meeting room, Conference Room #1 on the Trinity Hospital Rock Island Campus.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Transitus Prayer Service, 10/3/14, Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi 10/4/14, Regular Fraternity Meeting 10/5/14

Transitus Prayer Service, Friday, 10/3/14, 7pm, St. Mary's Parish, 516 Fillmore, Davenport, Iowa

Please join us at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 516 Fillmore, Davenport, Iowa, for the Transitus Prayer Service commemorating the last few hours of St. Francis of Assisi's life.  Members of our local fraternity will be available to provide information about our fraternity and the Secular Franciscan Order.

Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, 10/4/14

Father, you helped Saint Francis to reflect the image of Christ through a life of poverty and humility.  May we follow your Son by walking in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi, and by imitating his joyful love.  Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

Regular Monthly Fraternity Meeting, 10/5/14, 2pm, Conference Room #1, Trinity Hospital, Rock Island, Illinois.

Members, Inquirers, friends and friends-of-Francis we've not yet met:  All are welcome!

Peace and all good,
Kent Ferris, OFS
Minister, St. John XXIII Fraternity (Rock Island) of the Secular Franciscan Order

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

St. John XXIII Fraternity in Rock Island, is a local fraternity in the Secular Franciscan Order.  We are part of the Franciscans of the Prairie Regional Fraternity, which is in turn part of the National Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order,

Our local fraternity celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, the same year that our namesake, St. John XXIIII is canonized!

We are the only Secular Franciscan fraternity in the Quad Cities!  We have professed members in two dioceses and in almost 10 different parishes!

From our Rule:  "The Franciscan family, as one among many spiritual families raised up by the Holy Spirit in the Church, unites all members of the people of God-laity, religious, and priests-who recognize that they are called to follow Christ in the footsteps of Saint Francis of Assisi.

In various ways and forms but in life-giving union with each other, they intend to make present the charism of their common Seraphic Father in the life and mission of the Church.

The Secular Franciscan Order holds a special place in this family circle.  It is an organic union of all Catholic fraternities scattered throughout the world and open to every group of the faithful.  In these fraternities the brothers and sisters, led by the Spirit, strive for perfect charity in their own secular state.  By their profession they pledge themselves to live the gospel in the manner of Saint Francis by means of this rule approved by the Church."

These are amazing times!  How could they not be when the Pope chooses the name Francis!  Now, moreso than ever, there is great value in going from Gospel to Life and Life to Gospel, to do so joyfully, humbly, simply!  These are many challenges we face, things that lead to violence and injustice, instances when basic human dignity is compromised.  Let us be courageous, joyous in living Gospel lives!

If  you have interest in learning more about the Secular Francisan Order, or our local fraternity, please contact me, Kent Ferris, at or 563 299-6107.  Peace and all good!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Next Fraternity Meeting, 11/4/12 2pm

The Blessed John XXIII Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order, recently hosted a social gathering and Transitus prayer service on the Eve of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi.  Active members were joined by old and new friends in learning about the Order and the recalling St. Francis' last hours on earth.

Our next regularly scheduled local fraternity meeting will be on Sunday, November 4th, 2012, at 2pm (remember the Daylight Saving Time change that day!) at our regular meeting location, Trinity Hospital, Rock Island, IL, 2701 17th Street.  We meet in Conference Room #1 on 1st floor past the Jardine Auditorium (down the last hallway to the left).

For questions, please call me at 563 299-6107.  Peace and all good!  -Kent Ferris, OFS, Minister, Blessed John XXIII Fraternity