HTR News

New Book: Francis of Assisi: The Hidden Story by Chiara Mercuri

posted Jul 23, 2019, 5:16 AM by HTR OFS

Greetings from Paraclete Press!

Francis of Assisi: The Hidden Story by Chiara Mercuri  is a challenging new biography with a bold thesis. Mercuri takes the reader back in time to the real Francis of Assisi, revealing with wisdom and clear scholarship the complexities of the social, family, religious, and economic dynamic of the Middle Ages, and the concentric circles of those who knew and wrote about St. Francis from firsthand knowledge. This is a biography of the world’s most popular saint – for everyone! 

"This biography will blow the doors off the box holding a pious, mystical, aloof St. Francis. Chiara Mercuri, in Robert J. Edmonson's lively translation, reveals a man who is no less saintly than the legends have it, but who in his humanness is more relevant than ever."  - Jon M. Sweeney, editor of The Road to Assisi by Paul Sabatier, and author of The Enthusiast: How the Best Friend of Francis of Assisi Almost Destroyed What He Started

Chiara Mercuri is an Italian historian whose book on Saint Louis’s acquisition of the crown of thorns won the prestigious prize of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres. She writes for the Italian magazine Medioevo (Middle Ages), and spent years reconstructing, on the basis of unofficial sources, this life and teaching of Francis of Assisi.


Learn more about our San Damiano Books here: San Damiano Imprint and be sure to look at our other Franciscan Spirituality here. This book is now available for purchase through your local bookstore,, Paraclete Press or anywhere books are sold. 

 The General Curia is planning to include a blurb about it in a future edition of Fraternitas, so please be on the look at for that!

Thank you for your time and I welcome your feedback or conversation.

National Executive Council (NEC) Report January 2019

posted Mar 17, 2019, 8:38 AM by HTR OFS

Here is the latest communication from the National Fraternity's Executive Council. 

HTR Newsletter Winter 2019

posted Feb 26, 2019, 9:23 AM by HTR OFS

Here is the Winter 2019 version of the Holy Trinity Region's newsletter. 

Franciscan Youth Program at St. Clements

posted Nov 20, 2018, 7:21 AM by HTR OFS

Our Council for Youth, Colleen Gerke, has started a grade school program at St. Clements as a pilot youth program. Hopefully, next year she will add a high school program. We have over 50 kids grade 4-8 that are giving up their lunch hour and recess to meet once a month. The kids are so excited that they would like to meet every other week. Unfortunately, Colleen has been trying to cover all the expense herself. It cost about $120 a month to keep the group going. We meet with the 7-8 grade one week and 4-6the next. It cost roughly $60 each week for food plus meeting supplies. Right now the kids are putting birdseed in plastic bags to give out to parishioners at the Christmas masses which have a label telling the story of Francis asking the mayors and lords for extra rations of grain for Christmas so the animals could celebrate the Incarnation of Christ.

If you believe in reaching out to youth, you can be of great help. If you would like to sponsor a child at $5 a month it would be a great help. Or you could sponsor a whole meeting for $60.

Please send your contribution clearly marked for the Franciscan Youth Program to:

Colleen Gerke, OFS
C/O St. Clement's Parish
4536 Vine St.
Cincinnati OH 45217

Peace and all good,
Paula Voborsky, OFS

All Franciscan Day on August 4

posted Jul 4, 2018, 11:43 AM by HTR OFS

Please join lots of members of the Franciscan family at St. Vivian's Catholic Church on Winton Road in Cincinnati. 
Check-in is 8:45-9:15 am on Saturday morning, August 4. Friar Dan Horan, OFM, will be speaking on:


Rethinking Franciscan Theology of Creation 

The form for pre-registration for fraternities or groups is attached. You will need to bring a lunch. Drinks will be provided. See the brochure for more information. 

Our Venezuelan Family Needs Help

posted May 30, 2018, 4:10 AM by HTR OFS   [ updated May 30, 2018, 6:59 AM ]

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you may have heard on the news, the people of Venezuelan are suffering. They lack food, medicines and other supplies. The cost of living has skyrocketed to over 1500%. Many have left the country, hoping to find a way to support themselves. Those who are left behind struggle daily to find the means to feed and care for their families. The corrupt government is making the situation impossible. 

Please read the attached letter sent to us from our dear sister, Chelito, the CIOFS Vice Minister, who lives in Venezuela. She and the members of their local Fraternity in Venezuela are trying to find every way possible to make certain that the children are fed and to provide medicines for the hundreds of people who go to the church for help. The list of medicines which are most needed are listed below.

Please consider helping in whatever way you can.. Below is the address where you can send funds and another address where you can send medical supplies. Let’s give our brothers and sisters of Venezuela one more day of hope, one more day of relief.

Peace and All Good,
Your sister, Mary Stronach, OFS (International Councilor) for the NEC


Mail money donations to our national treasurer who will forward funds to our Venezuelan Brothers and Sisters:

Mr. Jerry Rousseau, OFS
82 Kim Street
Blairsville, GA 30512

Ship meds and other supplies to:

OFS de la Chiquinquirá
a/c  María Consuelo Núñez (Chelito)
Iglesia de la Chiquinquirá
Final Avenida Andres Bello
Parroquia El Recreo, Urb. La Florida
Caracas 1050 VENEZUELA
Phone:  58-212-7300102
Cell phone:  58-414-3295626

Meds can also be sent through the following mailing agency. It may be less expensive:
UN SOLO DOLAR / Phone:  786-703-4999 and 786-502-2620
They are located in Doral, Fla.

List of medications frequently requested:

Antihypertensives: Losartan, amlodipine, enalapril, carvedilol, metoprolol, valsartan.
Endocrine: Metformin, euthyrox (levothyroxine), anovulatory.
Anti-epileptics: Valproic acid, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, diphenylidantoline, clonazepam.
Gastric problems: Omeprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole.
Analgesic Anti-inflammatories: Acetaminophen, ibuprofen, ketoprofen, diclofenac, meloxicam.
Anxiolytics: Bromazepam, alprazolam, diazepam.
Antihistamines: Cetirizine, loratadine, desloratadine.
Antibiotics: Amoxicillin, amoxicillin with clavulanic acid, sultamicillin, ciprofloxacin, cefadroxil.
Anti-platelet agents: Clopidogrel, acetylsalicylic acid (aspirin 81 mg)
Anti-fungals: Fluconaxol, clotrimazole
Diuretics: Hydrochlorothiazide, chlorothiazide, furosemide, spironolactone.
Hypocholesterominants: Atorvastatin, simvastatin.
Influenza and antitussives
Vitamins, minerals and infant formulas

You can donate these medications in any doses.

9th Summer Seminar for Secular Franciscans

posted Feb 7, 2018, 6:19 AM by HTR OFS   [ updated Feb 7, 2018, 6:21 AM ]

9th Summer Seminar for Secular Franciscans / July 12-15, 2018 / Theme: “Francis the Troubadour: How Can I Keep From Singing?” / Flyer Attached

Dear Fraternal Family - Opportunity to Donate

posted Oct 16, 2017, 11:01 AM by HTR OFS

To all my friends and family,

On Nov. 10 Peggy and I will be driving to New Orleans and spend a week Helping the Homeless get back into their home.
My Dominican nun friend has been doing this for years - helping to get people back into their home after Hurricane Katrina.
We go down and literally help rebuild their home; I would also like to mingle in the community and SHARE HIS LOVE.
The attached is more about this project and gives you the opportunity to support this project.
It costs $25,000 and all the volunteer manpower to rebuild one house.

My personal goal is to raise $2,500 for them. (send  money to them-not me)

Blessing on each of you!!

Dolores Gillen OFS

Regional Consecration To Mary

posted Jun 24, 2016, 12:55 PM by HTR OFS   [ updated Jun 25, 2016, 12:34 AM ]

[All of the files needed can be gotten by following this link.]



Dear Ministers,


As we discussed and voted on during our last Chapter it is the goal to do a Region-wide Consecration to Jesus through Mary on the Holy Feast of Our Lady of the Angels, August 2nd.  I have been working hard to gather all you will need to assist your fraternities in making this consecration.  First I am going to send you 5 recorded talks to use during the consecration. You will need to click the hyperlinks below each talk on the schedule below.  Please download them before the expiration date.  I will also have the talks as well as the handouts uploaded to the website.  The talks were recorded by Father Adam Streitenberger, OFS especially for this purpose.  They are very well done and especially address our Franciscan Charism and Francis’s love for Our Lady.  You may distribute them to your fraternities via email or plan to listen to them as a group as you make this journey.  The first talk should be done 1 week prior to beginning your consecration preparation. 


There are three books Father recommends: 

Daily Meditation using either

Preparation for Total Consecration by Montfort


33 Days to Morning Glory

I have personally used both.  I like the Montfort one for the piety but the meditations in the Morning Glory books are very enjoyable.  There is even a section on Maximillian Kolbe J Last year during my renewal I used Montfort in the morning and Gaitley at night.  It was a nice combination.


It is highly recommended that you read True Devotion to Mary by Montfort at some point.


Father will discuss the book in the recordings.  Again whether you read the book now or save it for later, Father’s recordings are HIGHLY recommended.  He explains why this devotion would be important to us as Franciscans.  


Secondly I am attaching a handout called Mary in Scriptures you should give to each member making the consecration.  Thirdly I am attaching a copy of what to do as your Consecration gets closer.  Last a copy of the Total Consecration Schedule.


Below you will find an outline of the consecration process with dates and links to download each talk (remember to download them before the expiration date or go to the HTR web site at they should be uploaded before the end of the week) .


Total Consecration to Jesus through Mary


Recording 1  :  Should be done the week before July 1st


Download Attachment

Available until Jun 23, 2016


·         John 19:25-29

·         Introduction to Consecration to Jesus through Mary

·         Gift of self to Mary and Renewing Baptismal Promises

·         Total Consecration and Franciscan Spirituality

·         How to Make the Consecration

·         Using the Books


July 1st (Feast of Br. Juniper Serra)– August 2nd     (Feast of Our Lady of the Angels)

The 33 Days of Preparation

·         Daily Prayer and Meditation using

·         Preparation according to de Montfort or

·         33 Days to Morning Glory by Gaitley


Recording 2:   Between the 1st of July and the 8th

Mary, Our Mother


Download Attachment

Available until Jun 24, 2016



·         Revelation 12:1-7

·         Montfort and Mary

·         Chapter 1 of True Devotion

·         Our Lady and Franciscan Spirituality


Recording 3:  Between July 8th and July 15th

Mary, Our Model


Download Attachment

Available until Jun 25, 2016


·         Luke 1:25-56

·         Chapter 2 and 7 (exterior) of True Devotion

·         St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Anthony, St. Bonaventure, Bl. John Duns Scotus


Recording 4:  Between July 15th and July 22nd

Mary, Our Lady and We, Her slaves


Download Attachment

Available until Jun 30, 2016


·         John 2:1-11

·         Chapter 3 and 4 of True Devotion

·         Franciscan Spirituality and Our Lady


Recording 5:  Between July 22nd and July 29th

Mary, Our Mediatrix


Download Attachment

Available until Jun 30, 2016


·         Genesis 2:14-20, 1 Kings1: 1-20, Luke 2:22-40, Acts 1:11-14

·         Chapter 6 and 7 of True Devotion

·         What to do before and on Consecration day


August 2nd, The Feast of Our Lady of the Angel

·         The Renewal of Our Baptismal Promises and Act of Consecration after Daily Mass either as an individual or a fraternity


If you have any questions at all please do not hesitate to email me.  If I have not included anyone on this list or you need paper copies of the handouts and a cd version of the talks please let me know. I would love for each Fraternity to send me pictures of their Consecration day to post on our website!  You can email me at or call me at 740.814.6053.  I receive text too J  I will send reminder emails as we get closer. 



Peace and All Good,


Maggie Wright, OFS

Holy Trinity Regional Treasurer


OFS Presence in Haiti

posted Mar 22, 2016, 5:59 PM by HTR OFS

Here is a write up of an interview done with Gary Boice, OFS, about his mission to bring modern educational opportunities to the children of Haiti. 

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