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Introducing St. Francis Retreat Center, San Juan Bautista, California
St. Francis Retreat is a full-scale retreat and conference center, offering varied conference spaces, highly rated food service and dining room, overnight guest accommodations and various outdoor amenities. We welcome all faiths and religions, non-profits and individuals to this “Franciscan” setting to reflect, refresh and grow. Back in 1947, our founders realized that people and […]
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The Best of 2021 Franciscan-style
Inspiring. Challenging. Funny. Here are the books, TV shows, movies, and podcasts that some of our friars, ministry leaders and friends enjoyed most this year.
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Introducing Mission San Luis Rey, Oceanside, California
Mission San Luis Rey is a national historic landmark preserving educational and cultural sites including a museum, historic church, burial grounds, with soldier barracks and Lavanderia archeological sites. Alive as ever, Mission San Luis Rey is also home to an active community of Franciscan friars, Historic Church, a gift shop, along with an operating cemetery […]
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Introducing St. Francis Center, Los Angeles, California
St. Francis Center’s mission is to feed, serve, and walk with the poor as a community of hope in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi. Since 1972, St. Francis Center has provided relief and support to homeless and extremely low-income individuals and families in Los Angeles. Much more than a soup kitchen or a […]
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Introducing Old Mission Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara, California
Old Mission Santa Barbara is a community of many parts, but one spirit. The Mission has served as a gathering place and spiritual home for many since its establishment in 1786. Today the Mission operations include a museum, gift shop, cemetery and mausoleum, and several historic gardens, as well as being the home to a […]
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The Art of Photography
  For the final edition of our “Sharing Our Artistic Gift” series, this month features the photography of Giovanni Dominguez, staff member at Mission San Luis Rey and Parish in Oceanside, California. For Giovanni, photography is a way to relax, slow down a bit, and appreciate the scenery around him. See below for a few […]
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Introducing Serra Retreat, Malibu, California
This is a Catholic retreat and conference center which provides the space, in a beautiful setting, for peace, serenity and reflection. Located between the mountains and the ocean in Malibu, California, the Franciscan Friars continue the ecumenical tradition begun in 1943 for welcoming group and private retreats, as well as workshops. Serra Retreat provides a […]
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The Art of Sewing
  This month features the sewing of Maria Cabrera, a volunteer at Old Mission Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California. For Maria, sewing is a way to be active within the community and serve others.     How did you start sewing? I’m originally from Colombia and my mother owned her own sewing school near […]
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Fr. Dan and Fr. Joe share what they admire about St. Clare
The final video in our series by the Franciscan Friars of St. Barbara Province’s Leadership Team/Definitorium features Fr. Dan and Fr. Joe’s thoughts on St. Clare.
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Sr. Dawn Kling responds to change with hope and love
Sr. Dawn Kling, former Army air traffic controller and current Abbess of the Poor Clares in Duncan, British Columbia, shares how the life of the Poor Clare sisters is changing and how she responds with hope and love. For more on the Path of St. Clare, read this reflection by John Aherne OFM, of the Holy […]
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