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franciscan - January 2005

© The Society of Saint Francis, 2004


Minister's Letter:
Community Routes

Religious life: Ecumenical Perspectives

Just as the Church exists in a great diversity throughout the world, so the religious life has taken many forms in it's various cultural contexts. is there a unity at the heart of this diversity? Can the different traditions of religious life learn from each other and be enriched by each other's insights? This issue of franciscan seeks to show the living voice of Christ speaking from very different situations, calling us  all to return to the Gospel and to seek the Kingdom of God before all else. It also celebrates the faithful response to this call by the CSF over 100 years of dedicated prayer and service.

Theme Prayer


A Cry, A Question, an Answer by Father Christofor Panaitescu

A Gleam of Hope for our Church by Sister Miriam Zahn CCB

Religious Life - A Catholic Perspective by Father Jean Geysens OSB

'The Best Kept Secret'? by Sue CSF


Alverna - the House at Gladstone Park


Book Reviews


The Language of Silence - The Changing Face of Monastic Solitude - Peter-Damian Belisle

Words of Spirituality -Towards a Lexicon of the Inner Life - Enzo Bianchi

Journey to the Inner Mountain - In the desert with St. Antony - James Cowan

With Empty Hands - The Message of St Thérèse of Lisieux - Conrad de Meester

Beyond Confirmation - Stephen Hance

The House of My Friends - Memories and Reflections - Eric James

The Historical Atlas of Eastern and Western Christian Monasticism - J M Laboa, Editor

Journey to the Holy Mountain - Meditations on Mount Athos -  Christopher Merrill

Soul Space: Making a Retreat in the Christian Tradition - Margaret Silf

Anglican Religious Life - A well kept secret? - Nicolas Stebbing CR, Editor


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