Fraternity Election Results


Troubadours of St. Clare Fraternity Election Results

Peace be with you,

On October 20, 2015, our Fraternity held its Chapter of Elections.

The Offices of the Fraternity Council were filled as follows:

  • Councilor – Barbra Jur OFS
  • Formation Minister – Kathleen Carsten OFS
  • Treasurer – Jerry Alderman OFS
  • Secretary – Mary Anne Novak OFS
  • Vice – Minister – Marie Amore OFS
  • Minister – Mike Carsten OFS

It has been many years now since my last term of service as “Minister” of a fraternity; many years since I last participated as a member of the Divine Mercy Region, Regional Fraternity. In the years that have passed, many things have changed in the world, the Church, and in the Franciscan movement; and yet so many things have stayed the same.

I look forward to following in the footsteps of those that have so ably guided the Troubadours of St. Clare Fraternity, and I want to thank those that have willingly said yes to serve on the council along side of me at this moment.

On behalf of a grateful fraternity, I offer a special thank you to our sister Joan for her faithful service as Minister the past 3 years.

I look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead of us.

We look joyfully to our January 2016 fraternity gathering as we will celebrate the presence of 4 individuals joining us as they discern a possible vocation in the OFS.

Kathy will begin leading us with The Holy Year of Mercy, a Faith-Sharing Guide, With Reflections by Pope Francis.

We also will experiment with a new format for the fraternity gathering where what was once described as our social time, will be incorporated into and throughout the entire meeting.

Possible future adventures? How about –

A 3-day retreat/Chapter at the Capuchin Retreat Center in August; or

A few times a year holding Fraternity Gatherings at members’ homes; or

How about resurrecting the Fraternity Sunday Corporate Communion and breakfast? Every now and then those that are able would gather at a member’s parish for mass and then go out to breakfast together; or

An OFS “day at the ballpark” enjoying a Tiger game in the spring or early summer; or

How about an OFS day at the Detroit Zoo; or

A picnic/fraternity gathering on Bell Isle?

What does it mean to “Gather as Fraternity”? To be sister and brother one to another? How many of these possible events could we invite the Region to?

Let us fearlessly re-imagine our vocation and time spent together.

Pax et Bonum




Author: Mike Carsten OFS

Member of the Secular Franciscan Order; National Fraternity (NAFRA) Ecumenical and Interfaith Chair Minister, Troubadours of St. Clare Fraternity; President, Franciscan Ministries Inc., Serving the poor in Southeast Michigan;

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