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FSC Aston, PA


in Aston, PA

Franciscan Spiritual Center

2512 SE Monroe St - Milwaukie, Oregon 97222

Phone: 503-794-8542      Email: info@francisspctr.com

OPEN Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm

One of the three cornerstones of our mission here at the Franciscan Spiritual Center is “community.”   Love is of the essence of any community.  I found this poem by Joyce Rupp that expresses very well how love enables us to be brother and sister to one another....

May 9, 2018

A year and a half ago, I recognized almost nobody who came to the door at the Franciscan Spiritual Center. And many wondered who was this man who was opening the door and then when they found out, they wondered what I would be like as the Director.

Now it is different.


May 2, 2018


When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into...

April 18, 2018

If you’ve spent any time around the Franciscan Spiritual Center, you know that Sr. Mary Jo, Sr. Celeste, Sr. Emma and Sr. Theresa exude being present - being attentive, holding space, and welcoming all whom they encounter to feel alive in the here and now.  I know that...

April 11, 2018


As humans, we seek connections—to others, to the world around us, to ourselves, and to God. Without connection our lives would be solitary, lonely, and without much vibrancy. By maintaining connections we can be “a part of” instead of “apart from.” Connection...

March 28, 2018

A musician was lost in New York City. Upon finding a traffic cop the musician asked, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall?” The cop said, “Practice, practice, practice!”

Nicholas Herman of Lorraine (1614-1691) was a lay brother at a Paris monastery. Herman was better known as...

What does it mean to connect more deeply to God, self and the world around us?  I believe it comes from simply showing up with all of who we are in each of our daily encounters.  As Abraham Herschel shares:  “Just to be is the blessing; just to live is holy.”   Psalm 1...

March 14, 2018

One morning I saw a man driving and using an electric shaver.  A clear case of Distracted Driving. But I confess that I have eaten in the car more than once, answered a phone call or two and looked away from the road to change some music station or CD. Distracted drivi...

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