He wasn't famous, but Friar John Maurer's life encapsulates the Franciscan journey: from redemption - to encounter with Christ - to service to the poor. Friar Paul Schloemer tells the story of Brother John's journey in this podcast episode.
A contemporary of St. Maximilian Kolbe, +Friar Lucjan Krolikowski entered seminary in Niepokalanów, Poland in 1934 at age 15 and began an amazing journey of service and sacrifice. In 1940, he was taken prisoner by Soviet troops and sent to a concentration camp in Siberia. He was drafted into the Polish army before eventually gaining his freedom and becoming ordained a priest in 1946. "We prayed every day," he said. "Those who believe in God survived. Others couldn't find the means to go on." Friar Dan Lutolf tells his story.
St. Paul says we get into trouble when we live "according to the flesh" rather than responding to the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Jude Winkler reminds us that opening our hearts to the Spirit, we can live the way God wants us to live in the world: the way of love, joy, and peace.
Stories from Our Lady of Consolation Basilica and National Shrine in Carey, Ohio
+Br. Jeffrey Hines considered his time spent ministering at the Shrine a highlight of his life. Over 30 years Brother Jeffrey welcomed thousands of pilgrims to Our Lady of Consolation. Many were seeking healing from physical, mental, or spiritual pain and problems. Friar Jeffrey listened to their stories and prayed with them. In this podcast, he shares some of his memories with Br. Randy Kin. (+Br. Jeffrey passed away in 2020 in Bloomington, Minnesota. In addition to his service at OLC Shrine, Br. Jeffrey also served as a guide in Assisi, Italy; Director of Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota; Secretary for the Province of Our Lady of Consolation; and in the education and formation of student Friars.)