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franciscan - May 1997

© The Society of Saint Francis, 1997


The Minister’s Letter, by Brother Damian, Minister Provincial of the European Province, SSF
Community Routes

Welcoming the Stranger

Our last issue was warmly welcomed by our readers. This is understandable and encouraging – our readers are our friends, they are interested in and concerned for the Society of Saint Francis, that is why they read franciscan.
If that issue explored the vocation of SSF as found in individual members, this one could be read as an extension of that, an indicator of our corporate vocation as Christians and Franciscans. Like Francis, may we discover that as we welcome the stranger we embrace the Christ. So, may this issue have as warm a welcome as its predecessor as we learn together to seek out the strangers among us – and, in the encounter, let us pray for a mutual experience of Christ and his gospel.

Theme Prayer


Make level paths for my feet, by Tom Shakespeare
The need for sanctuary, By David Haslam
Hospitality: to strangers – and friends, by Sue CSF
‘One of the least . . .’, by Sister Rose CSF
When the stranger is your brother, by Silas SSF

Sixty Years On . . ., by Kathleen George

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