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Br. Ed Coughlin, OFM

Bro. Ed to Lead Day of Reflection Nov. 3

A Day of Reflection will be held in the western area of the region on Saturday, Nov. 3, featuring Franciscan friar and scholar, Bro. Ed Coughlin, OFM.

Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis and the Secular Franciscans of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha Region, the event will begin with Mass at 9 a.m. and will be held at St. Mary of the Angels, the motherhouse of the Sisters of St. Francis, located at 201 Reist St., Williamsville, NY.

Brother Ed will give two presentations in the morning, and two in the afternoon, expounding on the topic, “Francis’ Story/My Story: Ongoing Conversion as Our Way of Life.” Lunch will be at noon.

Brother Ed is vice president for the Franciscan Mission at St. Bonaventure University and an associate professor in the School of Franciscan Studies. He is former director of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure.

 “There is no cost for attendees,” reports Ed Zablocki, SFO, who is coordinating the program. “Our region's support is through the Alma Kraus Memorial Endowment. Alma had lived in Williamsville so it's fitting that we hold an event there in her memory.”

Even though there is no cost, Secular Franciscans need to register in advance so that the Sisters will know how many to expect, particularly for lunch.

Secular Franciscans may confirm their plans to attend either by calling Zablocki’s home at 716-838-4178 or by emailing him.  Registration deadline is Oct. 3.

 Zablocki announced that Brother Ed’s presentation will be offered again in 2008 in the Central Area, probably in Syracuse. Details will be announced as soon as date and location are confirmed.