Archive for June, 2012

Time is Flying

Hey all. Its been a little while since my last post; almost three months to be exact. So much has happened and it would do little to recall every last detail so I will just start with the last couple of weeks.

Over the Memorial Day weekend I and three other members of the community took a trip to Long Island and stayed at one of my community members home. It was my first time in Long Island and it was a beautiful area. Great weekend to soak in some sun and have a little fun. Last weekend was summer retreat. It took place at Friar Rick’s old parish in Toronto. For me this was the first time I had ever been out of the country and a chance to at long last use my passport! Retreat was great, reaffirming, and a reminder of just how fast time has flown by this year with FrancisCorps.

One of the great things about summer retreat was starting to begin to assemble our FrancisCorps scrapbook. This includes hundreds of photos, lots of construction paper, glue, scissors, and dedication. It will be an ongoing project from now until the end. In addition to retreat we got to explore Toronto. And I have to say it is a very diverse, populous cosmopolitan city.  Many things to see, do, and experience. We only really spent one day in the city. Definitely a place I would visit again!

My jobsites continue to be the same. Although the economic conditions continue to stagnate and we are always adding more households into our food pantry intake system. People continue to utilize the medical and legal clinics. The neighborhood is losing a important grocery store, Wegmans that serves many people on Syracuse’s northside. Its absence will only make their daily lives harder.  The WIC program that has been running at the Assumption Church for years is moving to a new location. In all it has not been the best of time for the people I serve in the locality. And to make matters worse with healthcare reform in threat and further cuts to the social safety net the situation might only get worse for people.

Even with all of this I know that I continue to an example and a servant of God bringing my example in the Franciscan way to the people I serve. I only continue to grow more and more fond of St. Francis/St. Clare and all of the Franciscan friars and sisters who are living their example. The Franciscan friars in the US are the only male order thus far to stand for the nuns amid tensions between the LCWR and Vatican. Franciscan sisters continue to do their ministries with the same heart despite tensions with Rome.

My time with FrancisCorps is coming to an end. In less than two months I will be moving on. At the end of summer retreat though I made sure that I was coming to make the most of my time left in Syracuse with my community and jobsites. As my past blog posts have indicated I have gained so much insights, but now things are starting to come together as think beyond FrancisCorps. I know I want to carry my work with the poor, social justice, advocacy, and the Franciscan charism  for the rest of my life!  I would have never discovered that without FrancisCorps!

I will try to be better about writing some more blog posts the next few weeks as my time with FrancisCorps winds down. For as St. Francis said, “‘It is not fitting, when one is in God’s service, to have a gloomy face or a chilling look.” I will continue to smile, be joyful, and serve God’s poor even in the midst of the sufferings they experience.

In the meantime I would invite you to check out this link. It is the Assumption Food Pantry’s YouTube channel. On it you will find me giving an interview and see several other neat videos on where I work!


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