Reflections on the Wisdom from St. Francis
by Fr. Bobby
"Let the brothers have the same attitude toward any authority they have as they would to the office of washing the feet of the other brothers." (First Rule)
Authority is something that is necessary in human life. Even though Francis wanted all the brothers to live as equals, bound together by the love of God, he knew that there had to be someone in charge. But he wanted the friars to exercise their authority as Jesus had asked, not by lording it over the brothers, but by being always at their service. This was why he called the brothers in charge "ministers (servants)." This vision of human authority is beautiful, and also extremely difficult: it is hard to be in charge and not want to 'lord it over' others. The example Francis kept before his own eyes and the eyes of his brothers was Jesus Christ, the Son of God who came "not to be served but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many." As we celebrate presidents' day, we pray for all those in public office, as well as all who exercise authority at work, in the family, in the church. Jesus' vision of authority is very challenging, but Francis of Assisi would say that it is worth taking up the challenge, for then we are following in the footsteps of Him Who loves us so much, that He stoops to wash our feet.
Fr. Robert Barbato, OFM Cap, is the Vicar and Student Director at St. Conrad Friary—Capuchin House of Studies in Berkeley.
FATHER GREGORY COIRO, OFM Cap.
1953 - 2016
Rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, 2010-2013
Dear Brothers, Sisters, Family and Friends of the Shrine: Capuchin FR. GREGORY COIRO died peacefully Friday morning, September 9th, at "Coming Home Hospice" in San Francisco, CA. Please pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his dear family, especially his beloved mother Terry.
In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation
in memory of Fr. Gregory Coiro to the
Capuchin Franciscan Foundation for Retired Friars
1345 Cortez Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010.
Obituary for Fr. Gregory Louis Coiro, OFMCap
Fr. Gregory Coiro was born on January 29, 1953 in Long Island, New York, the son of Anthony D. Coiro and Theresa M. Friedel Shelby. He entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order on August, 15, 1972 and made his perpetual profession of vows on September 22, 1979. He was ordained a priest at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco on May 15, 1982. After ordination he was assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Church in Roseburg, OR. He was a teacher at St. Francis High School in La Cañada-Flintridge, CA from 1982-1990. He served in the Office of Public Affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Media Relations. He was Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Angels Church in Burlingame, CA. He then was chaplain for St. Francis High School in La Cañada-Flintridge in 2002. He became Rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco, CA in 2010 and served until 2013. He then retired because of health issues. He died from renal failure at Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco, CA on September 9, 2016.
Fr. Greg was brilliant and had a sharp wit. He was a wonderful organist and loved classical music and old hymns. He loved to teach and helped start the Kairos High School Retreats at St. Francis High School. He was excellent in media relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He loved his faith and he had a wonderful ability of defending and explaining the Church's teaching. He touched many hearts.
He is survived by his dear mother Theresa M. Friedel Shelby and his brother and sisters: Anthony Coiro, Tracy Tinder, Dana Covellone and Jennifer Bravo. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces.
Fr. Gregory's funeral arrangements are as follows: Vigil is Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 215 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada-Flintridge CA 91011. Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 10 am also at St. Bede the Venerable Church. Burial is at 10:00 am on Thursday September 15, 2016 at San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Ynez, CA 93460.
Fr. John wishes to offer an invitation to those interested in being a part of the service and outreach of the growing ministries of the Shrine. Fr. John will be hoping to develop strong teams of volunteers to serve as Extra-ordinary ministers of Communion, Altar Servers, Lectors, Greeters, Assistant Sacristans, Ushers, Hospitality Providers, Cantors, Musicians, etc. Especially at a church that is at a stage of expanding its small but vibrant faith community - there is a great reliance on the participation of many of the few. Be a trailblazer, as together we develop the witness of the Shrine to St. Francis. If interested: please submit contact information to Fr. John at e-mail: email@example.com.
PORZIUNCULA PARDON is always available under the conditions the Catholic Church has stipulated. The conditions for receiving the Porziuncula Pardon are:
To receive the the Porziuncula Indulgence on August 2, one must receive sacramental absolution and receive Holy Communion at Mass during the Period beginning eight days before the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels and ending eight days after August 2. Additionally, on August 2 itself, one must visit a church where one prays at least the Creed and an Our Father for the intentions of the Pope. Additionally, one must be completely free of any attachment to sin; if this condition is not met, the indulgence is partial rather then plenary. However, at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, the Pardon of Assisi may be received on August 2 (either at the Shrine Church or the Porziuncula Nuova chapel); on October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (in the Shrine Church); on any two days of one's own choosing during the year (one day in the Church and one day in the Porziuncula Nuova); and as often as one makes a formal pilgrimage as part of a group to the Shrine Church or to the Porziuncula Nuova. (One may receive a plenary indulgence only once a day and it may be applied to oneself or to the soul of one of the faithfully departed. All the same conditions as on August 2nd apply.)
Donations Needed for Historic Pipe Organ
You are invited to own a piece of history at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi by contributing to help us meet the current needs of our Historic Pipe Organ. The total cost before tax and any unforeseen additions is $3,630.
- Update Stop Keys: $350
- Re-Configuring the Crescendo Pedal: $400
- Tonal Re-Voicing to the Clarinet Stop: $1,200
- Updating & Fixing the Combination Pistons: $680
- Replace Wind Conduit & Recondition Wind Blower: $500
- Tuning & Voicing: $500
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