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A great admirer of sacred art, Br. Georges Morin likes to analyze paintings, especially those of Giotto, painter of Francis of Assisi. Br. Georges scrutinizes the tiniest details of each canvas to draw spiritual meaning from them, especially in keeping with the Franciscan values of fraternity, peace, love for creation, poverty and humility.Posts in FrenchPosts in English
Biblical scholar, speaker, priest and choir director Guylain Prince is a Franciscan with many talents. As an author, Fr. Guylain is sensitive to the beauty of nature, where he likes to reflect, meditate and write contemplative works. He has been involved in the area of poverty for more than 25 years.
Born 1961 in Germany. Ate, drank, and was merry. Began to study chemistry in 1980. Eventually graduated from the University of Munich with a PhD in biochemistry in 1990. My research question was how the proteins that allow mitochondria to function come together. It is a bit like molecular origami, and I was part of a team that discovered a rather important new component in this process. It made quite a splash, and I enjoyed the recognition that I got. Then I moved to the US to be a research fellow at the Sloan Kettering Institute. Another splash, and in 1994, I came to Vanderbilt University as an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. My research field was cell biology, and specifically, the way proteins are moving back and forth between the cellular interior and the extracellular matrix. Things went back and forth in more ways than one, and in the end, I found myself working at a biotechnology company in Canada. The details of these transitions now provide comic relief in my story telling!
After meeting my one remaining worldly ambition—financial independence—I ended up giving just this away so that I could live life in the poverty of a Franciscan friar. I professed first vows in 2009, solemn vows in 2013, and I was ordained a priest in 2014. I belong to the Western Canadian Province of the Order of Friars Minor. Now my interests are faith and science, especially in as much as it is about Christian faith and the physical sciences and the way they challenge and support each other. I joyfully do my share of pastoral ministry, but my Franciscan brothers seem to think that I ought to try and tie together the various threads of my intellectual life. When I fail at this, I enjoy bike rides across Vancouver Island.
Born and raised in the great prairie province of Saskatchewan as the oldest son of grocery store owners. Learned about serving the community from growing up in the grocery store. Enjoyed the gift of growing up in a small rural town with lots of extended family nearby.
Loves being a P.U.N.K. (Proud Uncle No Kids) and a Godfather. Loves Christmas, the creche and learning from the lives of the saints. Loves to be creative in the kitchen.
Can be found writing early in the morning. Is often tinkering in the chapel. Enjoys a good run, a good song, and setting a good table for celebrations.
Prior to joining the Franciscans worked in various ministry settings as a Youth Minister and Pastoral Assistant. Currently completing studies at Newman Theological College. Simply Professed Friar since 2015.
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Coming from the world of communications, Pierre Charland decided to devote his life to the Lord in the early 1990s, after he had a life-changing encounter with a disciple of Christ. Br. Pierre's spiritual journey deepened when he read several books about St. Francis of Assisi, before embracing Franciscan life in community and being present to the poor and the sick around him. He has truly found the freedom of living in Christ.Posts in FrenchPosts in English
Pierre Ducharme is a Canadian Franciscan friar, originally from the west coast, who is called to preach the Gospel at all times, and in all-ways. He hopes that his reflections on God's Word bring Good News to the poor.Posts in English
Director of the Missions Office for the Franciscans of Eastern Canada since 2008, Richard Chartier is also a project officer (receiving, handling and following up on international missionary projects) and editor-in-chief of the magazine Missions des Franciscains. A secular Franciscan, Br. Chartier devotes himself fully to his work and furthers his knowledge in international solidarity, especially through various training courses.Posts in FrenchPosts in English
A Franciscan for more than 50 years, Roland Bonenfant is one of the pillars of the Franciscan house in Trois-Rivières. Br. Roland is working for the canonization of Fr. Frédéric Janssoone, missionary to the Holy Land; in fact, he has made this his personal mission. This ardent defender of Fr. Frédéric created a website (in three languages) in his honour and for several years has been patiently collecting testimonials of miraculous healings.Posts in FrenchPosts in English