On September 25, 2016, seven Secular Franciscans and Sister Annette traveled to Columbia, MS to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the canonical establishment of two Fraternities in St. Joan of Arc Region; Our Lady’s Little Portion, Columbia, MS. and St. Marianne Cope, Gautier, MS.
The drive down, although early, was filled with plenty of sharing, laughter, bonding and prayer. The sun came up full and bright for this special day.
The celebration started with the parish mass at Holy Trinity Church, Columbia. Then continued in the parish hall with a delicious meal and catching up on life’s happenings.
The Ministers of both celebrating Fraternities shared the history of their beginnings and God’s movement in their Fraternities.
It seems Secular Franciscans have a good time in whatever gathering they have. Their lives reflect the simplicity and the littleness which St. Francis enjoyed and encouraged all his followers to imitate.
The St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity of Greenwood brought along a gift for each of the celebrating fraternities.
As the day came to a close there was yet time for some pictures and memory making.
Pictured above are; St. Joan of Arc Regional Minister, Cherryle Fruge. The two celebrating Fraternity Ministers are Carolyn Seal and Patricia Houghton. The St. Joan of Arc Region Spiritual Assistant isBrother Juniper Crouch OFM.
The San Damiano Cross is ever-present where Secular Franciscans gather.