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So far Elizabeth MacNeal has created 16 blog entries.

Friar Lessons

Like all of us, I’m still reeling from the untimely loss of our dear brother, Chris.  Thinking about what to write here, I thought perhaps there is a way to describe a little of my life post-FVM while also honoring him somehow.  Shortly after Br. Chris died, I found myself sitting in my psychotherapy [...]

2021-05-05T10:50:41-04:00April 30th, 2021|

The Inn Crowd

I think there are a variety of identities we all assume in our personal lives. Some of my identities include being a son, brother, cousin, and nephew. This past August I became a member of the Franciscan Volunteer Ministry (FVM), alongside my fellow community members David, Deaynna and Liam. One of the highlights of [...]

2021-04-29T12:30:38-04:00March 31st, 2021|

Fourteenth Station: Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

This blog post is an excerpt from A Lenten Journey: Reflections on the Scriptural Stations of the Cross. When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea named Joseph, who was himself a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus; then Pilate ordered it to [...]

2021-04-29T12:43:03-04:00March 15th, 2021|

Aquí Estoy

inspirada en la vida de Chris Posch, nuestro hermano inspired by the life of Chris Posch, our brother Here I am, aquí estoy,  open heart, open arms,  present to God who is with you.  Para cantar y para bailar, (to sing and to dance) to rejoice in God’s goodness to us.  Para alabar [...]

2021-02-15T10:28:30-05:00February 26th, 2021|

Not Just Any Job

My first days as an FVM at the St. Francis Inn are a blur. There was some nervousness, self-consciousness,  and a little homesickness. These are the earmarks of an enormous life change. Somehow, though, all those feelings disappeared in the whirl of learning how to do 100 new tasks; meeting a multitude of new [...]

2021-01-20T15:26:10-05:00January 30th, 2021|


At the St. Francis Inn, there is a sign on the inside of the door that says “Smile--Jesus is at the door!”, reminding team members and volunteers that no matter how late they are after the meal, no matter what their request is, whoever is at the door holds God within them. What a [...]

2020-11-17T15:55:20-05:00November 24th, 2020|
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