Walking with Hope

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  • Joshua Van Cleef
    Joshua Van Cleef
    “This pilgrimage is about the abundance of life offered in simplicity, in relationships, and in trusting in God.”

  • Richard Goodin
    Richard Goodin
    "Pilgrimage as a lifestyle is resurfacing within the Order; it is a penitential and radical way of completely relying upon the grace of God."

  • Clifford Hennings
    Clifford Hennings
    "I desire to hold nothing within my breast other than the love which I have been blessed by the Lord to receive, so that I have nothing to give but Christ’s perfect charity."

  • Roger Lopez
    Roger Lopez
    “When all the basic necessities of life are stripped away, one begins to see oneself, others and God in a different perspective, either positive or negative.”

  • Ed Shea, OFM
    Ed Shea, OFM
    "As a friar for over 25 years, I have always dreamed about doing something like this. I thank God for these young friars and their passion – it’s contagious!"

  • Mark Soehner, OFM
    Mark Soehner, OFM
    “It seemed important [for me] as a formation director to accompany the deep desire of our younger friars to live out our charism in this way. For me personally, it will be a way to walk with Christ.”

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Awesome story of 6 faith filled men. Thank you for reminding us all how generous people are. I am going to send a small donations to the friars in your honor.

God Bless You.

Dear Brothers,
What a joy it was to be with you at Tom Fame's house in Salem and to sit on the steps with Roger and share life stories. Josh, sorry I had to be a pumpkin and not spend more time with you. I have walked and prayed with you each day and "Te Deum Laudamus" on your safe arrival in DC. May you perservere in the great treasure that you have been called to in your vocation.
Pace e Bene!

Congrats! What a wondeful story. I hope all who read about you might be inspired to grow closer to God. Keep up the great work.

glad you made it.

Congratulations guys. A great pilgrimage. A great story and photos in the Washington Post.

Pax et Bonum


Thank you to each of you for spending time with us at the Monastery today. It is a beautiful place that I hope to return to soon. All of you have taught me about being open to the random things that happen in a day of one's life, and to see where they take you, instead of making the day conform to a specific schedule "or else."

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