"Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary, use words."

A special "Thank you!"
Goes out to
John Michael Talbot
for giving us permission
to use his song on our
"Come to the Quiet"
You Tube Video
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Saturday, November 24, 2012


Lascia perdere, figliuolo, lascia pubblicare quello che si vuole. Temo il giudizio di Dio e non quello degli uomini. Ci spaventi solo il peccato perché offende Dio e ci disonora.

(Pensieri di San Pio)


Prophesy Regarding Future Poverelli

(Sounds all too familiar, doesn't it, my brothers and sisters?)

The brothers began at last to fawn upon men of the world; and they began to be wedded to them, as it were, that they might empty their purses, extend their own buildings, and multiply the very things they had completely renounced. They sold their words of advice to the rich and their visits to noble ladies; and they frequented the courts of kings and princes with great eagerness, so that they might join house to house and field to field. And they are grown great and rich and strong upon the earth, because they have proceeded from evil to evil and they have not known the Lord. They fell when they were lifted up, and they sprawled upon the ground before their birth; and still they say to me, 'We are your friends.'

Saint Francis of Assisi

Sacrum Commercium

Devoted To True Humility

In his love for true humility, St. Francis devoted himself to the lepers and lived with them, waiting on them all, for the love of God. He washed their feet and bound up their sores, drawing off the puss and wiping them clean. He was extraordinarily devoted to them and kissed their wounds, he who was soon to play a part of the worthy Good Samaritan in the Gospel. As a reward, God endowed him with such power to heal that his influence over ills of soul and body were miraculous. ~ Bonaventure, Major Life


Blessed Are The Clean Of Heart

"Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God (Mt. 5:8). A man is really clean of heart when he has no time for the things of this world but is always searching for the things of heaven, never failing to keep God before his eyes and always adoring him with a pure heart and soul." ~ Saint Francis of Assisi


When Visted By God In Prayer

"If anyone is visited by God in his prayer, he should say, 'Lord, you have sent this comfort from heaven even though I am a sinner and unworthy, and I entrust it to your keeping because I know that I only steal your treasures.' When you leave his prayer, such a person should seem as much a sinner and worthy of contempt as if he had received no new favor." ~ Bonaventure, Major Life


Deep Humility

"Francis built the Order of Friars Minor on deep humility. That is why, from the very beginning, when the brothers began to multiply, he made it clear that they were to live in lazarets to serve the lepers." ~ Legend of Perugia


Casual Catholicism


Pray To God For Our Persecutors

The brothers suffered all this, hunger, thirst, cold, nakedness, and many immense tribulations, firmly and patiently, as St. Francis had bidden them. They were not dejected, they never cursed their tormentors; but like men whose faces are set to a great reward they exulted in tribulations and joyfully prayed to God for their persecutors. ~ Legend of the Three Companions


Confessing Our Sins

"To the honor and glory of Almighty God, hear the truth I announce to you. If every one of you confesses his sins and brings forth fruits befitting repentance, I give you my word that every pestilence will depart and the Lord, looking kindly upon you, will grant you an increase of temporal goods. But hear this also; again I announce to you that if you are ungrateful for his gifts and return to your vomit, the plague will be renewed, your punishment will be doubled, and even greater wrath will be let loose against you."

Saint Francis of Assisi

Celano, Second Life


Friday, November 23, 2012

Proposed Portiuncula Chapel at the Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage and Retreat Center

 Photo of the beautiful little Portiuncula Chapel located on John Michael Talbot's  "Little Portion" in Arkansas

Francis also told the friars to build their houses small and their cells of wood, not of stone, and he wanted them built in a humble style. He abhorred pretentious buildings, and disliked superfluous or elaborate appointments. He wished nothing about their tables or appointments to appear worldly or to remind them of the world, so that everything should proclaim their poverty and remind them that they were pilgrims and exiles.

Saint Francis of Assisi
Mirror of Perfection - 6

Please prayerfully consider a one-time gift of $5.00 or $10.00 to help us build our little Portiuncula Chapel. 

Mail to:

Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage
P.O. Box 114
Richmond, IN 47375-0114 


Thy Will Be Done

Frequently repeat the divine words of our dear Master, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven!" ~ Saint Padre Pio


Three Qualities That Prevent Our Being Evil

If you possess these three qualities, you cannot be evil: first, if, for God's sake, you bear in peace all tribulation that comes your way; second, if you humble yourself in everything you do and receive,; third, if you love faithfully those things that cannot be seen with fleshly eyes. ~ From: Francis the Journey and the Dream


In The Quiet, Think of Nothing More Than Christ

In the Quiet, everything is simpler and we confront our own silence there as we all must do from time to time. But...we should never be inclined to wallow in a morbid concentration of ourselves, even when alone in the Quiet. Instead, we should be thinking of nothing more than Christ.


Without Prayer True Love Is Impossible

We must get to know the tension between the vertical ascent to God and the horizontal journey of love, reaching out to all the people on earth. We know that without prayer true love is impossible, and we learn from living that without love prayer becomes self-centered and barren. 


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This is what my whole heart desires to accomplish!

Until the work of restoring the church of Saint Damian was completed, blessed Francis still wore the garments of a hermit with a strap to serve as a belt, and he carried a staff and had sandals on his feet. Then, one day during the celebration of Mass he heard the words in which Christ bade his disciples go out and preach, carrying neither gold nor silver, nor haversack for the journey, without staff, bread, or shoes, and having no second garment. After listening to the priest's explanation of these words of the Gospel, full of unspeakable joy, he exclaimed: "This is what my whole heart desires to accomplish!" ~ Legend of the Three Companions


The Cross

"The cross will never oppress you; its weight might cause you to stagger, but its strength will sustain you." ~ Saint Padre Pio


Printer's Down!

Sunday, November 18, 2012


"Let us take the trouble to learn the lesson of holiness from Jesus, whose heart was meek and humble. The first lesson from this heart is an examination of conscience, and the rest - love of service - follow at once!" ~ Madre Teresa of Calcutta


Abandon Yourself Totally

"Abandon yourself totally in the arms of the divine goodness of the heavenly Father and do not fear, because your fear would be more ridiculous than that of a child in his mother's womb." ~ Saint Padre Pio

Monks Point To The Heart Of Things


Benedict XVI says the vocation of monasteries is to point the world toward what is essential in life: seeking Christ and putting nothing before his love.

The Pope affirmed this today when he received in audience representatives of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. Their three-day assembly concluded today.

Referring to the theme of the assembly, "Monastic Life and Its Significance in the Church and the World Today," the Holy Father said the theme was "particularly dear," as he took for his Petrine ministry the name of St. Benedict, founder of Western monasticism.

Monasteries, "seeking Christ and fixing their gaze on eternal realities," the Pontiff explained, "become spiritual oases that indicate to humanity the absolute primacy of God, through the continual adoration of this mysterious, but real, divine presence in the world, and the fraternal communion lived in the new commandment of love and mutual service."

Benedict XVI invited cloistered monks to "live the Gospel in a radical way deeply cultivating the spousal union with Christ" in awaiting the "glorious manifestation of the Savior."

If the vocation is thus lived, he continued, "then monasticism can comprise for all forms of religious and consecrated life a remembrance of what is essential and what has primacy in the life of every baptized person: seeking Christ and putting nothing before his love."

The Pope added that monasteries "should be ever more oases of ascetic life," where knowledge of Scripture is cultivated. 

"It is from this prayerful listening to the Word," he said, "that silent prayer is raised up in monasteries, which become a testimony for those who are welcomed as if it was Christ himself in these places of peace."

Tuesday, October 16, 2012




Archbishop Joseph William Tobin, C.Ss.R., Appointed Head Of Indianapolis Archdiocese

Joseph William Tobin C.Ss.R (3 May 1952 - ) is the current secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life since his appointment by Pope Benedict XVI on 2 August 2010.[1]

Tobin was born in Wayne County, Detroit, Michigan, in 1952, the oldest of 13 children. At the end of the path of training for the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (Redemptorists), he made his temporary profession of vows on 5 August 1972 and the perpetual vows on 21 August 1976. He was ordained a priest on 1 June 1978.

In 1975. he obtained a Bachelor's degree in philosophy from the Holy Redeemer College, Waterford, Wisconsin in 1977 and, in 1979, a Master's in Religious Education and the Master of Divinity (Pastoral Theology) at the Mount Saint Alphonsus Major Seminary (Esopus, New York).

From 1979 to 1984, Tobin was the parochial vicar of Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit. He was then named pastor of Holy Redeemer, and served from 1984 to 1990. From 1990 to 1991, he served as pastor of Saint Alphonsus Parish in Chicago, Illinois. He served as an episcopal vicar for the Archdiocese of Detroit from 1980 to 1986; he also offered his collaboration to the local diocesan marriage tribunal.

He was elected General Consultor of the Redemptorist Fathers in 1991 and on 9 September 1997 was elected Superior General, confirmed for another term in this post 26 September 2003. That same year he became Vice-President of the Union of Superiors General.

He was also member of the Council for Relations between the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the International Union of Superiors General from 2001 to 2009.
Tobin spent 2010 taking a sabbatical attached to Blackfriars Hall, Oxford, and staying with the De La Salle Brothers. He pursued his interest in the rise of secularisation and secular culture, attending seminars by the sociologist of religion and anthropologist Peter Clarke, studying at the Las Casas Institute and taking classes at Blackfriars.

He speaks English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

Episcopal career

On 2 August 2010 Tobin was appointed as secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and Titular Archbishop of Obba. Tobin is the second US cleric to hold the post. (In 1969, Holy Cross Father Edward Heston, an Ohio native, was named secretary by Pope Paul VI.) In May 2009 Tobin was named to oversee the professed men's element of the forthcoming Apostolic Visitation of the Church in Ireland, which is reportedly slated to get underway come September 2010. He received his episcopal consecration in Rome on 9 October 2010. Tobin was told two weeks before the announcement was made. He recalls that "I was painting my mom's house in Ontario when the phone rang. The voice on the other end said it was Cardinal Bertone, and my first thought was that it was a prank … you know, I thought maybe it was one of the Redemptorists fooling around. Quickly, though, I realized that it really was Bertone, and he said that the Holy Father wants you to do this. My first reaction was to tell him that off the top of my head, I could give him the names of five people much more qualified to do this job than I am. I was completely serious about it. But Cardinal Bertone said no, this is what the Holy Father wants. He said I could take a week to ten days to think about it, so I talked to my superiors, my closest friends in religious life, and my spiritual director".[2]

Tobin said that "But my hope is that the Vatican’s relationship with the local churches can be a sort of creative tension. I think life without tension would be very boring and useless.We can’t walk, we can’t talk, we can’t sing without tension. You need to have tension in your vocal chords and your back, let alone a guitar. However, tension can be destructive. The challenge is to recognise the diversity of gifts and the plurality of churches and the one spirit that unites us. And I think that is the adventure of a lifetime."[3]
Tobin will be responsible for the Apostolic Visitation of American nuns, expected to end in late 2011, and also help oversee the visitation of the Legionaries of Christ that led to Pope Benedict’s recent decision to appoint an Apostolic Delegate for the order, Archbishop Velasio De Paolis.

In December 2010, Tobin said that Rome must acknowledge the "depth of anger and hurt" provoked by a visitation of American nuns, saying it illustrates the need for a "strategy of reconciliation" with women religious. Announced in early 2009, the visitation is currently in "phase three", meaning on-site visits to selected congregations. The aim is for reports to be delivered to the Vatican throughout 2011, marking the formal end of the process.[4]

In October 2012, Tobin was appointed to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis by Pope Benedict XVI.[5]


How Would Mary Vote?



Friday, October 05, 2012

Vocational Discernment


Vocational Discernment 4 from Poor Friars on Vimeo.


Monroe County, Ohio Catholics: We Are Begging for Stones


Photo of the Portiuncula Chapel located on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville which our bishop has given us permission to duplicate on the grounds of the Portiuncula Hermitage in Jerusalem, Ohio

"Francis set to begging for stones with which to restore the church of San Damiano. He called to the passers-by: 'Whoever gives me one stone will have one reward; two stones, two rewards; three stones, a treble reward!' "

Saint Francis of Assisi
Legend of the Three Companions
Monroe County, Ohio Catholics are being asked to collect all their field stones and drop them off at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Cemetery on Ozark-Eddy Bridge Road (just inside the wood line on the South Side of the Cemetary) so that we can duplicate this Portiuncula Chapel (pictured above) that is located at the Franciscan University of Steubenville.


Thursday, October 04, 2012

October 6th "Respect Life Sunday"

                  Saturday, October 6th 
visit the booth at the 
4th Street Fair 
 promoting the 
October 7th "Life Chain" 
Respect Life Sunday! 
The Life Chain will take place on South A Street between 2 and 3 P.M. At 4 P.M. the movie "October Baby" will be shown at Fr. Hillman Hall. This is a PG13 movie. 
October is the Month of the Rosary. A Rosary will be prayed before each of the weekend Masses for "Life."

"A Cup of Coffee and a Dose of Conscience"

Saturday, October 13th, 10:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. in Fr. Hillman Hall.

Do faith, politics and caffeine mix? Do our Catholic beliefs have anything to do with how we vote and the laws we support? How do we prevent violations of our First Amendment Rights? Using the teachings of the U.S. Bishops, found in their document, "Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship," Indianapolis Archdiocese seminarian, Josh Cole, will guide a polite and engaging conversation. 
Enjoy a cup of the  
Portiuncula Hermitage's Mystic Monk Coffee
along with juice and rolls. 
Please RSVP. 
For more information contact Debbie Coleman at 765.977.4266. See you there!

Saint Francis of Assisi, "Giant of Holiness," Honored October 4th

On Oct. 4, Roman Catholics celebrate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the Italian deacon who brought renewal to the Church through his decision to follow Jesus' words as literally as possible.

In a January 2010 general audience, Pope Benedict XVI recalled this "giant of holiness" as a "great saint and a joyful man," who taught the Church that "the secret of true happiness" is "to become saints, close to God." 
The future Saint Francis was born on an uncertain date in the early 1180s, one of the several children born to the wealthy merchant Pietro Bernardone and his wife Pica. He originally received the name Giovanni (or John), but became known as Francesco (or Francis) by his father's choice.
Unlike many medieval saints, St. Francis was neither studious nor pious in his youth. His father's wealth gave him access to a lively social life among the upper classes, where he was known for his flashy clothes and his readiness to burst into song. Later a patron of peacemakers, he aspired to great military feats in his youth and fought in a war with a rival Italian city-state.
A period of imprisonment during that conflict turned his mind toward more serious thoughts, as did a recurring dream that suggested his true "army" was not of this world. He returned to Assisi due to illness in 1205, and there began consider a life of voluntary poverty.

Three major incidents confirmed Francis in this path. In Assisi, he overcame his fear of disease to kiss the hand of a leper. Afterward, he made a pilgrimage to Rome, where he deposited his money at Saint Peter's tomb and exchanged clothes with a beggar. Soon after he returned home, Francis heard Christ tell him in a vision: "Go, Francis, and repair my house, which as you see is falling into ruin."

Francis began to use his father's wealth to restore churches. This led to a public quarrel in which the cloth-merchant's son removed his clothing and declared that he had no father except God. He regarded himself as the husband of "Lady Poverty," and resolved to serve Christ as "a herald of the Great King."

During the year 1208, the "herald" received the inspiration that would give rise to the Franciscan movement. At Mass one morning, he heard the Gospel reading in which Christ instructed the apostles to go forth without money, shoes, or extra clothing. This way of life soon became a papally-approved rule, which would attract huge number of followers within Francis' own lifetime.

Through his imitation of Christ, Francis also shared in the Lord's sufferings. He miraculously received Christ's wounds, the stigmata, in his own flesh during September of 1224. His health collapsed over the next two years, a "living sacrifice" made during two decades of missionary preaching and penance.

St. Francis of Assisi died on Oct. 3, 1226. Pope Gregory IX, his friend and devotee, canonized him in 1228.


Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Bon*Ton / Elder Beerman Community Day Booklets


Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage

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In Favor of Preaching

Photo of Fr. Stan Fortuna, C.F.R., taken at the 
Franciscan University of Steubenville Youth Conference

"In prayer we walk with God and listen to him, and we walk with the angels. But in preaching, we have to descend to the human and live among others as one of them, thinking and seeing and hearing and speaking only on the human level. But, in favor of preaching, there is one argument which seems to count more than all the rest in God's eyes and that is this: the only-begotten Son of God, who is Infinite Wisdom, descended from the Father's embrace to save souls"...

Saint Francis of Assisi
Saint Bonaventure - Major Life


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Schedule a "Come to the Quiet" Retreat at Your Church this Spring

Pace e Bene! The peace of the Lord be with you!

The Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage and Retreat Center is currently scheduling 

"Come to the Quiet" Retreats
Ohio and Indiana 
in the 
Spring of 2013

There appears to be a growing interest in the monastic life among people of all lifestyles, and no wonder! For centuries, the monastic life has provided monks and nuns with disciplines and practices aimed at helping them maintain balanced, healthy and centered lifestyles while they "prefer nothing to Christ!" But these practices are not only for monks! Join us as we explore practices such as silence, prayer, simplicity, solitude and celebration, and the benefits they have for all our lives.

To book a "Come to the Quiet" retreat at your parish, all we require is a hand-written invitation from your parish priest on his personal stationery.

On January 6, 2001, at the end of the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul II published Novo Millennio Inuente, his vision of dynamic Catholic life for the new millennium, calling for the whole world to reconnect with the mystical tradition, mentioning specifically Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, John of the Cross and Therese of Lisieux. 

In our “Come to the Quiet” Retreats we try as much as possible to let these saints speak for themselves by a generous use of their own words, keeping our own commentary to a bare minimum, so as not to impede the flow of the “road maps.” We restrict ourselves just to those saints of the Western Church who have been recognized as Doctors of the Church and have made a major contribution to our understanding of the spiritual journey, the only exception to this being our Seraphic Father, St. Francis of Assisi.

When Pope John Paul II considered what was the most important legacy of the Jubilee Year 2000 that should be carried forward into the new millennium, this is what he said: “But if we ask what is the core of the great legacy it leaves us I would not hesitate to describe it as the Contemplation of the Face of Christ” (NMI 15).

The latent richness of our own Roman Catholic tradition should regain its necessary role in the world through the teaching of Repentance and Penance through prayer. Contemplative prayer naturally extends to the Eucharist, incorporating an hour of meditation before the Blessed Sacrament each week. Our “Come to the Quiet” Retreats speak specifically to people whose hunger and humility have already brought them to the point St. Paul meant when he said, “We do not even know how to pray.”

We always begin with the ancient Catholic monastic tradition of the “Jesus Prayer,” progress through Teresian Prayer (Lectio Divina), the Office of the Hours, the Rosary, and end with the Ladder of Monks; Lectio, Meditatio, Oratio, and Contemplatio representing the four rungs on that Ladder.

The only compensation we ask for at our  “Come to the Quiet” Retreats is a free-will offering at the end.

“Come to the Quiet”
Retreat Schedule

Friday 7:00-8:00 P.M.

            Short (15 minute) talk explaining the weekend and an explanation of the ancient Monastic practice of the “Jesus Prayer.”  This is followed by an hour of Silence where people split off individually and find a place to be by themselves. They can choose to remain in their pews before the Blessed Sacrament, walk around outside the church, whatever makes them most comfortable.

Friday 8:00-9:00 P.M.

            Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, remaining exposed throughout the entire weekend. 

            We humbly request Reconcilliation be made available throughout the weekend,  but especially during the first hour of  Adoration. .Everyone is invited to leave in total Silence.

Saturday 10:00- 11:00 A.M.

            Praying the Liturgy of the Hours

Saturday 11:00-12:00 A.M.

            Praying the Rosary  (Become Hidden in the Wounds of the Savior ~ St. Francis of Assisi)

Saturday 12:00-01:00 P.M.


Saturday 01:00-2:00 P.M.

            Teresian Prayer (Lectio Divina)

Saturday 02:00-03:00 P.M.

            Contemplative Prayer

Saturday 03:00-04:00 P.M.

            Ladder of Monks (Guiggo)

Saturday 04:00-05:00

            Large Group Discussion

Saturday 5:00 P.M.   Close with Mass

Mailing Address:
Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage 

P.O. Box 114
Richmond, IN 47375-0114