28 November 2015


Following is an index of the Mother Cabrini Region’s monthly newsletter, OFS News. In addition, archives of the Apostolic Action newsletter (which is no longer published) are available here.

NOTE: Fraternity Ministers (or delegates in charge of distributing newsletters): Do NOT use these versions of the newsletter for distribution to your fraternity members. To protect our members’ privacy, we remove all personal phone numbers, postal addresses, and email addresses from the versions posted here. The copies that the Regional Councilor for Communications/PR mails directly to you do contain that information and are what you should share with your fraternity members.

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  • December
  • November
  • October
  • September
  • August: Regional Gathering.
  • July: Regional Leadership Workshop.
  • June
  • May: The First Secular Franciscans, Change of Date for Mother Cabrini Celebration.
  • April: Easter Reflections.
  • March: Crossing Borders; Healthy Spirituality.
  • February: Prayer for Vocations; Some Changes Regarding Apostolates/JPIC; Franciscans International Rep Here March 6; NAFRA Donation for Haiti — How You Can Help; National Vocations Conference in March; Introducing Your SFO News Editor.
  • January: Regional Election Results; Signing Off; Thanks and Looking Ahead; Gold, Incense and Myrrh.


  • December: Excerpt from the 2009 Regional Retreat, Regional Elections: Update.
  • November: Mother Cabrini Celebration, Elections; USCCB: Tell Congress: Remove Abortion Funding & Mandates from Needed Health Care Reform.
  • October: Happy Feast Day, New Spiritual Assistant; Franciscan Action Network Update; Feast of Saint Francis.
  • September: Changes, Events, and Elections; Stay in Touch with; Regional Retreat: “Fire Burning in My Heart”.
  • August: Gathering, New Web Site, & Workshop Reviews; Regional Elections in December.
  • July: An Important Anniversary, Regional Gathering in August, Grounded in Love, Our Franciscan Family – Celebrating 800 Years.
  • June: Leadership Workshop – and JPIC, God Is Love, Francis’ Love for the Eucharist and Mass.
  • May: Chapter, National Elections.
  • April: Easter Blessings, The Burning Love of the Crucified, Candidates’ Retreat: “Following Christ with Francis, Today”.
  • March: Happy Lenten Journey, Francis and the Tau, From My Corner of the World.
  • February: Plans and Goals, How the Third Order Started, Franciscan Life Campaign 2009.
  • January: Reflections on the Incarnation, St. Francis: Patron Saint for Pro-Life.


  • December: Mother Cabrini Celebration Thank You, St. Francis and the Crèche.
  • November: National Chapter, Mother Cabrini Celebration, Relationships: The Heart of Franciscan Life (continued), Francis and the Church.
  • October: Feast Day Blessings, Mother Cabrini Celebration, Relationships: The Heart of Franciscan Life, The Crusades and St. Francis.
  • September: Regional Retreat, Reflections on Article 6 of the Rule, Excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s 17-Jun-2007 Angelus Address.
  • August: St. Clare and More, Reflections on the Feast of the Portiuncula.
  • July: Bonaventure, Regional Gathering in August, Excerpts from How Would St. Francis Vote?
  • June: Leadership Workshop June 21, Regional Chapter of Ministers Report, From Our Formation Director.
  • May: It’s Time for Chapter, Thanks and Congratulations, Excerpts from Pope Benedict XVI’s April 20 Homily.
  • April: Easter Blessings, Report on the 2008 Apostolic Action Workshop, National Seminar on Servant Leadership: Update, Excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for World Day of Peace, 1 Jan. 2008 (continued from January 2008 issue).
  • March: Living the Rule.
  • February: Upcoming Workshops — Save the Dates, Regional Councilor Changes, New Email Addresses for Regional Council, National Seminar on Servant Leadership, Franciscan Advocacy Network: Ecumenical Advocacy Days.
  • January: Goals for a New Year; Mother Cabrini Celebration; Transforming the World in the Spirit of Sts. Francis and Clare; Excerpt from Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for World Day of Peace, 1 Jan. 2008.


  • December: Incarnation; Mother Cabrini Award Recipient: Ruth Meylor, SFO.
  • November: 2007 NAFRA Chapter, Mother Cabrini Award: Nominees Announced, Pro-Life Think Tank Follow-up, Beatification of Franz Jägerstätter, Secular Franciscan.
  • October: Happy Feast Day, Mother Cabrini Award: Deadline Extended, Transitus Services in the Region, A Day of Prayer and Fasting for Peace.
  • September: Franciscan Feast Days, Regional Pro-Life “Think Tank” Update, Yearlong Novena for Darfur, How Are We Doing?, Mother Cabrini Award Nominations, Formation Survey for Fraternities.
  • August: Quinquennial Report, Promoting Vocations, The Nature of the SFO, Regional Pro-Life “Think Tank” Meeting in October, Regional Retreat: “Models of Charity”.
  • July: August Gathering Approaches, 2007 Minister’s/Formation Directors Workshop Report, Treasurer and Budget Updates, Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula.
  • June: Ministers/Formation Directors Workshop, 2007 Chapter of Ministers Report, Quinquennial Update: Early Registration Period Extended, Franciscan Voice for Advocacy Update.
  • May: Calling All Ministers to Chapter; Celebrate May, Month of Our Blessed Mother; On the Habits and Spirit of Dissent.
  • April: One