THE PILGRIM by fdh56iuoui


									                                                                                                                                                                                                         Volume 33 Issue 8 - October 2009
     WHAT OF FRANCIS & POVERTY?                                                          Inn Needs

                                                                                                                                                                                       THE PILGRIM
Living a life of poverty has been a challenge                                            Laundry Soap
throughout the years. St Francis believed that the                                         Oatmeal
love of poverty was the bedrock value of his whole                                Pampers (#4, #5, #6)
spirituality; he ardently pursued it in his life. Yet                            Travel Size Deodorant                                                                     A Franciscan Paper following the journey of “Love ... Lived in Service”
even before he died he was thrown into a deep de-                                     White Socks
pression as he beheld friars straying far from Lady                                     Prayers!
Poverty. It fell to St. Clare, his spiritual soulmate, to                                                                                                                       FALL IS A TIME FOR CHANGES
preserve this ideal: she fought for the “privilege of
poverty” throughout her life, and was granted this                                                                                                                              “Be doers of the word and not hearers only.”
privilege for her sisters on her deathbed when the
pope consented, fearing for his soul should he                                                                                                                                                              (James 1:22)
deny this saint her only request. This dichotomy
persists today. Yet those attracted to Franciscan                                                                                                  
         It has become something of a Pilgrim tradition to introduce
spirituality who choose to live it often opt for a                       THE TEAM & STAFF WISH
simplicity that neither denies necessities nor em-                                                                                                 the new Franciscan Volunteer Ministers (FVM’s) in this issue,
braces the consumerism that plagues our society.
                                                                                   EVERYONE A                                                      which also marks the feast of St. Francis on October 4. How
In this way such ordinary people “preach without                          HAPPY ST. FRANCIS DAY                                                    appropriate! This is the 21st year of the Inn as an FVM site,
words” and, like Francis, become a powerful
                                                                                    OCTOBER 4!!                                                    and it has been a blessing.
symbol of the Gospel life among us.

   As we hear from the four young people who
                                 (Artwork: Allegany Art-Web Site:
                                                                                                                                                   have already started to become an integral part
                                                                                                                                                   of our community, we also greet the
                                                                                                                                                   Sinclairs, a couple from North Carolina who
                                                                                                    St. Francis Urban Center
                                                                                                                                                   decided to kick off retirement with a stint at
                                                                                                                                                   full-time volunteering. Their many skills and
                                                                                                                                                   life experiences will no doubt enrich our lives in

                                                                                                                                  St. Benedict’s
                                                                                           ea Women’s Center

                                                                                                                                                   the months ahead as they expect to stay through June of next

   Finally, we acknowledge with grateful hearts our wonderful
                                                                                                                                  rift Shop

                                                                                                                                                   summer help, literally a Godsend...Ann, who stayed for three
                                                                                                                                                   months and now is off for National Guard training; Jim, who
                                                                                                                                                   cooked and became a mainstay on pickups; Sara, who has returned
                                                                                                                St.Francis Inn
                                                                                                                St. Francis Inn
                                                                                                                                                   to school in Rochester; and friars Walter Liss, a teacher at
                                                                                                                                                   Siena College and Paul Keenan, who is finishing up studies at
                                                                                              Address Service Requested
 Philadelphia, PA
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                                                                                                                                                   Holy Name College.
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                                                                                                                                                       (215) 423 - 5845          (215) 739 - 1137               (215) 235 - 1848           (215) 925 - 4584
                                                                                                              setting for a year following graduation. One of the sites that SBA goes to every year is Saint Francis
                                                                                                              Inn, and upon their return everyone raves about the Inn and their experience. Those word of mouth
                                                                                                              accolades combined with the knowledge that a 2007 graduate of Saint Anselm’s was in a service
                                                                                                              program called Franciscan Volunteer Ministry at the Inn led me to research the program...and here I
                                                                                                              am! I am so looking forward to my year here, the challenges, the good times, the talks with guests. I
                                                                                                              cannot imagine what this year has in store, but I am excited to simply be and experience.

                                                                                                              Celia Bogan comes to us from a Franciscan College which has long been a source of FVM’s: Hi
                                                                                                              Everyone! I’m one of this year’s new Philadelphia FVM’s. I recently graduated from St.
                                                                                                              Bonaventure University with a degree in theology and a minor in the study of nonviolence. My
                                                                                                              introduction to the FVM program was a sheer coincidence (or mini-miracle), stemming from a chance
                                                                                                              encounter with Emily Michelson (FVM 07-08) at Mount Irenaeus one day. This lead to an evening with
                                                                                                              her, the 08-09 FVM’s (Amanda, Katelyn, Noe), Director Katie Sullivan, and the site supervisor Fr.
                                                                                                              Michael. It was a wonderful evening, and by the time I left, I was sure I’d be applying. I was
                                                                                                              impressed by the joy, warmth, and close bond between all of them. Every step in the interview
                                                                                                              process further convinced me that becoming an FVM in Philadelphia would be a life changing
                                                                                                              experience, full of a deepening spirituality, and emotional and mental growth. I hope to learn more
                                                                                                              about the structural injustices that create and exacerbate poverty as well as the many programs
                                                                                                              which work to alleviate it and to create justice and equality. As an aspiring social worker, this year will
A long time friend of the Inn has promised for several years that he was grooming a volunteer at his          be an unbeatable introduction to the field. Having settled into Philadelphia and gradually
college for us, Rory Dunphy. Rory writes: I am a New Hampshire native from a rural town called                becoming familiar with the daily routines, I feel blessed to be able to work with all the guests at the
Deerfield. I majored in Criminal Justice while attending Plymouth State University and minored in              Inn. I am sure this year will be amazing.
Spanish. It was in college that I was called to the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry, quite literally in fact.
One of my academic advisors, who has previously done some work at St. Francis Inn, made sure to
constantly encourage me to take a look at the program here in Philadelphia over the course of my
                                                                                                              Meet the Sinclairs...Mark, 61, a retired Science Center Director and Thea, 57, a retired high school
college career, and by my senior year, his encouragement had finally paid off.
                                                                                                              science teacher. We have been married 35 years, have two married daughters and one grandson; we
We have one native Philadelphia area volunteer this year, Leo Vaccaro: I am a native of Abington, PA          will have two more grandchildren by the time we leave Philadelphia. We have lived and worked in
(a suburb of Philadelphia). I graduated from Saint Joseph’s Preparatory School in 2005, and from              Hickory, NC for the past 21 years and retired just this summer. On August 30 we arrived at the Inn,
Gettysburg College this past spring. At Gettysburg, I majored in History and minored in Education.            bringing what we could in our car and leaving our house and dog behind until next July. We sold one
Also at Gettysburg, I served as Editor-in-Chief of the college’s newspaper, the Getttsburgian, as well as     of our cars and gave away/disposed of lots of our possessions. We have never lived in a big city or
the president of Gettysburg College’s media consortium. I am hoping to teach high school social               this far “north” before. So many of the sights we will see as well as the work we are doing is new and
studies as well as to earn a doctorate in history, sometime in the next 50 years of my life. My interests     different. Thus far, we have been struck by the generosity of the benefactors who contribute the food
include Philadelphia history, Civil War road trips, cheesecake, art rock group Pink Floyd, the Phillies,      we serve, the compassion of the many volunteers we have met, and the hospitality we have been
making my award winning meatballs (a Vaccaro family recipe), Rachmaninoff, and (more recently)                shown. We know we have a lot to learn, and we look forward to serving the poor and growing
Kierkegaard. I am looking forward to being the drummer for our upcoming FVM band, appropriately               spiritually during our time at St. Francis Inn.
called “The Instruments of Your Peace.” Other hopes include listening to Fr. Michael talk about his
favorite foods at least weekly (which happen to be all sweets), interpreting the Philadelphia                                   St. Francis Inn Ministries Leaps Into The 21st Century
(pronounced ‘Fluffya’) accent for my housemates (e.g. ‘Yo! Why did youse guys throw wooder-ice out
our windaz?), and trying to learn how to mop floors like an expert.
                                                                                                              For those of you who have felt that St. Francis Inn Ministries was in a technological holding cell, and even for
Mary Katelyn Donahue, from Beverly, MA, shows the importance of the Inn’s tradition of hosting                those of you who don’t even know what a website is, there has been a revolution on Kensington Avenue that
                                                                                                              we want to share with you! On August 12th the new St. Francis Inn Ministries website went live (the web
school groups to volunteer. I am a recent graduate of Saint Anselm College in Manchester, NH with a
                                                                                                              address remains the! In addition to the aesthetic overhaul, we also added a blog!
degree in International Relations. My interest in service began in high school, with a few trips every
                                                                                                              We will also now routinely update the News & Events page and the Media Gallery (all of which can be found
year to local soup kitchens and other small service projects and fundraisers. It was not until college,
                                                                                                              under the “Get Informed” section on the left-hand menu bar) so please frequent the website to see what we’re
however, that the idea of a full year of service became an option as I became increasingly involved in
                                                                                                              up to! The blog (which can also be found at was created as a way to
my school’s Spring Break Alternative program (SBA). SBA, sponsored through Campus Ministry, sends
                                                                                                              share anecdotal stories of our ministries but also as a way to address the broader issues of hunger, home-
nearly 200 students out to participate in a week-long service experience over spring break at about 12
                                                                                                              lessness and poverty and the social and political infrastructure that impacts our guests. We hope for at least
different sites throughout the US and Latin America. After participating all four years and leading a
                                                                                                              weekly postings and are eager to hear your feedback as we begin this endeavor.
trip to Washington, DC my senior year, I felt particularly drawn to serving domestically in an urban

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