Message from the President
Fr. Tony Marti, OFM Cap.
Friends of St. Francis,
I hope you had a joyful Thanksgiving Day in the company of your family members and friends. During the days around Thanksgiving, we saw a number of young alumni who came home to enjoy time with their families - and come back to campus to see friends, faculty and staff, and the Friars. As always, it was so good to talk with them in person and to hear they are doing well. Also, just a few days ago, we began the beautiful liturgical season of Advent. The Advent message is one of anticipation and waiting, culminating in the celebration of Jesus' birth on Christmas Day.
During Advent, purple has traditionally been the primary color symbolizing repentance and fasting, and once again demonstrating the anticipation and coming of Jesus. At the beginning of the season, we held Penance services which gave our students the opportunity to experience the sacrament of Reconciliation, still known by many as confession. Catholics are encouraged to participate in this sacrament while non-catholic students have the option to sit with one of our priests and talk about their spiritual concerns. The sacrament is not only a holy one, but also a healing moment as we declare our sins and promise to God to change in our lives whatever needs to be corrected. I was pleased to see that many students took advantage of this opportunity.
When you read this letter, I am sure you will be busy preparing for the Christmas celebrations. I hope that you will also take time to reflect on the birth of Jesus and to thank God for sending our Savior to be one like us and to reconcile us to God.
On behalf of our Board of Directors, the Administration, and the Faculty and Staff, I wish you and your loved ones a very holy and peaceful Christmas. May the Lord continue to watch over you and reward you for your support and generosity.
Tony Marti, OFM Cap.