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The Order of Saint Francis (OSF) is an active, Apostolic Christian religious order within the Anglican Communion, in communion with the See of Canterbury. Rather than living in an enclosed communal setting, OSF Brothers live independently in different parts of the world, with ministries based on the needs of their local communities. Members are baptized men who have been confirmed within the Anglican Communion, and who  voluntarily  commit  to  live by a set of professed vows for a term of years or for life.


To get a better understanding of who we are, please visit the 'Vocation' and 'Brothers' pages.

National Cathedral : Easter 2018 - LIVE Video - 8am Eastern

Mark 16:1-8

When the sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, so that they might go and anoint Jesus. And very early on the first day of the week, when the sun had risen, they went to the tomb. They had been saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb?” When they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had already been rolled back. As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man, dressed in a white robe, sitting on the right side; and they were alarmed. But he said to them, “Do not be alarmed; you are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has been raised; he is not here. Look, there is the place they laid him. But go, tell his disciples and Peter that he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him, just as he told you.” So they went out and fled from the tomb, for terror and amazement had seized them; and they said nothing to anyone, for they were afraid.

March For Our Lives - March 24, 2018

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Standing with Puerto Rico

Br. Donald visits St. Timothy in Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Watch out for what you pray for! Those were my exact thoughts when a new friend Xavier from the Episcopal Relief Organization on the ground in Puerto Rico called me back a few days before Christmas. 


After praying for several weeks about what I could do to assist in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico I started making inquiries to the Diocese of PR. I could not get through on the phone or via email. I finally thought that God did not want me to get involved with any ministry in PR so I stopped calling and emailing. I wanted to use up all my unused vacation time to do something useful but again I finally gave up and kept busy with ministry projects at my local church here in New Orleans, St Anna's Episcopal Church. Now back to the call from Xavier. He suggested thinking about adopting a small Mission Church outside of San Juan and see what could be done. The name of the Church is San Timoteo in Bayamon, PR. I immediately started praying about what could be done. The logical first step would be to find out what this little Mission Church needed and what could be done to bring hope and a sense of God’s presence to them in the form of relief. I felt led to schedule a flight to San Juan near the end of January. It all started to come together at that point. Xavier provided me with contacts from the Diocese of PR. I flew into San Juan on 1-25-18 and stayed at a little hotel in a nearby town called Levittown. Bayamon was only a fifteen-minute drive away. I woke up early on Friday, 1-26-18 for morning prayer and discovered that day was the Feast of St. Timothy the Apostle. I thought that was interesting because the whole purpose of this trip was to visit and aid a little church named after St Timothy. I promise you this was not planned! After morning prayer there was also a beautiful rainbow over the ocean. I was filled with joy and anticipation about what laid ahead of me. I had a sense of what missionary zeal must be like.  I got into my little rental car and started my short trip on backroads and streets with no working traffic lights or street signs to Bayamon to see what condition San Timoteo was in and to take pictures to send back to potential donors on the U.S. Mainland. Later that same day I was asked to make a visit to the Diocese offices in San Juan to meet Bryan a seminarian who is coordinating with work groups wanting to volunteer in PR. The meeting included Bishop Rafael and Cannon Rafael. They all were so gracious and thankful for the initial financial donation that was being made for San Timoteo. Bishop Rafael was also very interested in making sure the parishes that make up the Diocese of PR know more about the Anglican Order of St Francis. On Sunday I was invited to meet members of the Vestry and their temporary priest Fr. Jose. It was a blessed time spent with all my new friends.  The Liturgy included lively singing giving praise to Our Lord. We all prayed the Prayer of St Francis. It ended with a feast of fresh fruit, pasta salad and Puerto Rican Coffee.  


Plans are now being made to request financial donations to assist San Timoteo and get them back on their feet, so they can carry on with the work of sharing the Gospel of Jesus in their community. I give thanks to God for allowing me to be a servant to those in need. I am learning so much during my new and lifelong discernment process as a Franciscan Brother. Opportunities to serve God are right in front of us every day of our life. Responding to these opportunities bring such joy and happiness in my life and I see the same thing happening to my fellow Brothers in the Order of St Francis. That is the same joy that Francis found in the smallest ways serving and in his respect for all of God's creation including worms.  I am praying for all of you that are looking to serve God in religious life or as a lay person that you will listen to the Holy Spirit and consider your call to spread the Gospel of Jesus and consider the example of St Francis.  


Pace e Bene (Peace and All Good)

Your Brother in Christ and Francis,

Donald

Episcopal Bishop of Puerto Rico
The Rt. Rev. Rafael L. Morales Maldonado

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Saint Timothy vestry & Father Jose

Mold damage from hurricane