"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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Sunday, September 25, 2022

The Franciscan Lay Apostolate


Apostolicam Actuositatem is the Second Vatican Council's Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity. It defines the mission of the lay Christian faithful to both "lead non-believers to the faith and to instruct, strengthen, and encourage the faithful to a more fervent life". The lay apostolate are made up of laypeople and consecrated religious who exercise a ministry in cooperation with the Catholic Church, whose organizations cooperate with ecclesiastical authorities. They operate "under the direction of her pastors" but are not members of the official Church hierarchy nor in Holy Orders.

Apostolates operate with the permission of the local Ordinary of a Diocese, but without material support.

The Franciscan Lay Apostolate is currently under the direction of Fra Chris Dickson, F.L.A. Along with his staff, the F.L.A. works to foster the spread of the Gospel, the Good News of Jesus Christ, and helps to raise the dignity of people's lives by imitating Jesus Christ.

Contact information:

P.O. Box 34
Jerusalem, Ohio 43747

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Judging The Rich


"We have no right to judge the rich. For our part, what we desire is not a class struggle but a class encounter, in which the rich save the poor and the poor save the rich." ~ Mother Teresa of Calcutta


Attached To Useless, Insignificant And Entirely Worthless Matters


"We become attached to useless, insignificant and entirely worthless matters, substituting these for the love of God and neighbor, appropriating material things as if they were our own or as if we had not received them from God."

Abba Zosimas


Saturday, May 28, 2022

Prayers Please!


Please join us in prayer that we can begin building our little Portiuncula Chapel this year in Jerusalem, Ohio, (just like the one seen above.) 

God bless you and Pace e' Bene!

Fra Chris





Fr. Timothy Davison

During the warm months of the year I want to remind everyone again that modesty in dress needs to be observed. Our Lady of Fatima warned us that “certain fashions would be introduced that would offend Our Lord very much” I take this to mean that Jesus, Our Savior is calling us to dress and act with modesty. This should always be observed as Catholics but especially when we come to the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We are meeting the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. We are accustomed to follow the fashions of the society in which we live but in case of modesty we should follow a different standard. Our standard should take its inspiration from the Holy Scriptures and from our Catholic Tradition which is a different standard from the society in which we live. Modesty can assist us and others in avoiding of the flesh which Our Lady at Fatima said is the cause of many souls being lost forever. We certainly wouldn't want to play a part in such a tragedy, at least I hope we wouldn't. Come to Mass then dressed to meet God who is truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.

Fr. Timothy Davison

Diocese of Steubenville

Pastor of:

 St. John the Baptist in Miltonsburg, Ohio, St. Sylvester of Woodsfield, Ohio and the Portiuncula Franciscan Hermitage and Retreat Center in Jerusalem, Ohio

Contemplative Prayer


Far from lulling the reasoning mind into some dull blankness, Contemplative Prayer sharpens our reasoning and engenders all manner of creativity.


God Has Already Found Us


We burn with a desire to visit spiritual places. We think we need to enter a monastery to realize our true selves. We think our true selves are something that can be "acquired" and we burn with zealous desires to acquire it. But as our gaze into the vast silence deepens, our prayers grow silent, and external spiritual practices fall away, as do our need to pray in monasteries, cathedrals, canyons, mountains, forests, the "perfect place." Once we come to the realization that God has already found us, no matter where we are, then we can concentrate our attention on God and not our environmental surroundings.


Thursday, May 26, 2022

Covering Ourelves With Disguises


The free children of God must be saved from the conformist slave of fantasy, passion and convention. The creative and mysterious inner self must be delivered from the wasteful hedonistic and destructive ego that seeks only to cover itself with disguises.


Tuesday, May 24, 2022

God Does What God Wants To Do


We need to recognize that God does what God wants to do. God's power is not at our command. Sometimes He does work through us or in us if we simply allow ourselves to become open vessels in which He can use us.


Monday, May 23, 2022

Pride Makes Us Hate Others


"Pride makes us hate our equals because they are our equals; our inferiors for fear they may equal us; our superiors because they are above us." ~ Saint John Vianney


The Garden Of Solitude

We should never run from silence. Most of us fill our days with cell phones, noise and soap operas and our nights with cell phones, football, basketball or sit coms. As Franciscans we step into the garden of solitude where the cool, clear water of silence refreshes our spiritual lives.


Saturday, May 14, 2022

Franciscan Tunics

 Poor sackcloth tunics and a poor white cord tightened around the waist serves only one purpose; to identify followers of St. Francis of Assisi. We pray that our dress will never become like other clothes and become more important than the people who wear them.


Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Contemplation Is A Way Out Of Self-Centeredness


Once we discover interior silence, compassion flows. The deeper we enter into inner silence, the deeper becomes our compassion for others. It is impossible to enter through the doorway into silence without becoming a part of God's embrace of al humanity in its suffering and joy.


Paradox Of the Mystical Life


One of the paradoxes of the mystical life is this: that a man cannot enter into the deepest center of himself and pass through that center to God unless he is first able to pass entirely out of himself and empty himself and give himself to other people in the purity of selfless love.


Loving The Creator Through His Creation


Instead of worshiping God through His creation we are always trying to worship ourselves by means of creatures.


Friday, May 06, 2022

Tradismatic Trentacostalism

by Clement J. Harrold 

Steubenville, Ohio, home to Franciscan University, is a small city on the banks of the Ohio River linking the Buckeye State with Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Like much of the Rust Belt, Steubenville has seen better days. But coinciding with economic downturn has been a spiritual renewal that offers hope to the American Church: a unique blend of the “traditional” and “charismatic” liturgical-spiritual elements that in many other places are pitted against each other. It is a synthesis that appeals to head and heart alike, suggesting what the Church might become in the twenty-first century.

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Hidden In The Wounds Of The Savior


"I confess to my Creator that my life has been spent wholly in darkness. But I will hide myself in the wounds of Christ crucified and bathe in His blood, and so my wickedness will be consumed and I will rejoice with desire in my Creator."

Catherine of Siena


Tuesday, May 03, 2022

Monday, May 02, 2022

No More Long Winded Sermons!


St. Francis was convinced that conversion of sinners was a work of mercy that was more acceptable to the Father than any sacrifice, particularly if it was done in the spirit of perfect charity, more by example than by preaching, more by fervent prayer than by long-winded sermons!

Saint Francis of Assisi
Bonaventure - Major Life
Chapter VIII


Saturday, April 30, 2022

Monroe County, Ohio: Begging For Stones

Here is the proposed chapel:

We are preparing to build the Portiuncula Chapel which is a smaller scale model of the original Portiuncula Chapel in Assisi, Italy that St. Francis of Assisi rebuilt sometime around1211 A.D. to replace the original Immaculate Conception Church built by my Great-Great Grandfather, along with the Catholic Community of Monroe County, Ohio in 1874 that was torn down in the 1970's.

We have gathered up several cut sand stones but are still in need of more of these stones. If you have some cut sandstones around your property we are begging everyone to drop them off into the tree line next to the Immaculate conception Cemetery in Ozark, Ohio (Ozark-Eddy Bridge Road) toward the village of Woodsfield.

Thank you and God bless each and every one of you!

Pace E' Bene! (Peace and All Good!)

Chris Dickson, F.L.A.

(I am a direct Burkhart and Burkhard descendent)


Thursday, April 28, 2022

A Forgotten Prophesy of Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli



The Sacrament Of Confession


St. Francis told his brothers that the reason we don't all become saints is not because we cannot overcome sin but because we are unwilling to overcome shame through the Sacrament of Confession.


Honesty Before God


We commune with God as we honestly are and not as we would like to be.


The Rays Of The Sun


You are a ray of God's light. A ray of light doesn't seek the sun, it's coming from the sun. A branch doesn't seek the vine, it's already a part of the vine. A wave doesn't look for the ocean, it's already full of ocean. In the secular world we call this our career. In the monastic terms we call this our vocation.