St. Louis, King of France

I had no idea who he was, but I was in awe. As a college student in Europe, I slipped from a bright Paris day into a cramped dark staircase. The stairs lead up to an astoundingly beautiful and soaring space, filled with dazzling stained-glass windows. This was the Sainte-Chapelle. This chapel was created to Read More

Why is our Mission named after a King of France?

San Luis Rey is the Spanish name for Louis IX, King of France. Louis was a younger contemporary of St. Francis. Prince Louis’ education included instruction by some of St. Francis’ earliest followers. He became the King of France at the age of twelve and ruled his country for 44 years. St. Louis is often Read More

A Special Feast Day

On August 2nd, the Franciscan world celebrates the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula. The origin of this feast is a familiar story. One day, as a young man, Francis stopped to pray in a small, tumbled down chapel dedicated to St. Damian. As he prayed before the distinctive image of Read More

Did You Know: Los Angeles was named after a Franciscan feast day in August?

Everyone knows that Los Angeles, California, is named after the Angels. It was once known as the “City of Angels.” But did you know that the original city name was “El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles de Porciúncula” (in English, “City of Our Lady the Queen of Angels of the little Read More

Living bread gives us strength for our mission: Sunday, August 12, 2018

Peace and all good! This weekend we celebrate the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We continue with the “Bread of Life” Gospel of John. Today we hear Jesus develop his relationship with the Father and the role of the Father in drawing believers to Jesus. Jesus teaches those gathered around him that eternal life comes Read More

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