The Order of Franciscan Penitents

Chapel of Sts. Francis & Clare
1004 N. College Avenue
Columbia, Missouri 65201

Saturday Mass: 5 p.m.
Tues. & Thurs. Mass: noon
Wed. Evening Prayer: 6 p.m.


Come Worship With Us!

Join us for Worship at our Franciscan Chapel, 1004 N. College Avenue in Columbia, Missouri.

Saturday mass is at 5pm, followed by fellowship (about 90 minutes.) Tuesday and Thursday mass at Noon (about thirty minutes)

All baptized Christians are welcome to receive Holy Communion

November 12-19, 2017

Love to all!

Well, this week is the 10th Anniversary of a great gift of God--The Franciscan Fraternity called the Order of Franciscan Penitents was enacted in a special Eucharistic Liturgy at Hatton Chapel (then our parish church) in Columbia, Missouri on November 17, 2007.  The bishops of the Charismatic Episcopal Church had accepted our rule of life and encouraged us to begin the formation process several years before.  The vows of seven of the ten of us were received that day.  The remaining three made their vows in the fraternity later.

So we invite all of our friends to pray with us that we be faithful to our Franciscan charism of humility and simplicity of life as we hope to be a blessing to all members of the Body of Christ we encounter. With Sts Francis and Clare and all the great Franciscan saints, we hope to stay at the task of rebuilding the Church.

This coming weekend presents us with these scriptures: Zephaniah1: 7, 12-18; psalm 90; 1 Thessalonians 5: 2-6; and Matthew 15: 14 (15-18) 19-30.  Just like last weekend, our scriptures continue with the theme of 'the Day of the Lord' and how and why to be prepared. The Thessalonian reading reminds us that it comes like a thief, but that we are sons and daughters and know how to live in the Light. The gospel tells of the giving of talents to be used while the master is gone. We have been given much and The Master expects us to use these gifts for the building of His Kingdom.

The weekly activity schedule for the chapel is regular: Noon Eucharist on Tuesday and Thursday, Wednesday evening prayer at 5 pm., and the Saturday Eucharist at 5 pm.

Regular Third Saturday Fraternity Business meeting after the Saturday Eucharist (at about 7 pm after regular fellowship.

Special note: the Memorial Service for Jeanie Hansen who died last week will be this Friday November 17 (Our Fraternity's 10th anniversary) at 5 pm at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Excelsior Springs, MO.  Several of us from Columbia will be traveling together to celebrate her life with us and hold her before the Lord in prayer that day.  It strikes me as wonderful that we celebrate her life (as well as Fr. Warren's) on that day since Fr. Warren had been an aspirant to our order before his death. May they both rest in the Peace of Christ.

That does it for now.  Many blessings be yours.

- Fr. John, OFP






2017 Central Diocese Prayer Cycle