“The best Easter I can remember,” said Fr. Maurus Hauer, OFM Conv. And for a 95-year-old Franciscan, that’s saying something.
Last week, Conventual Franciscan Friars from across the country gathered at Mount St. Francis, Indiana, with student Friars, as well as Franciscan novices and postulants, to celebrate the Paschal Triduum. In all, there were more than 50 men in attendance.
Beginning with morning prayer on Holy Thursday, through the recounting of Christ’s last hours before the crucifixion, and ending with the joyous celebration of Easter morning, the commemoration of the Passion and Resurrection was filled with solemn readings, beautiful music, and thought-provoking homilies.
In between the liturgies and prayer services, there were trips to local attractions such as Churchill Downs in Louisville and religious sites such as the Abbey of Gethsemani, south of Bardstown, Kentucky. There were also opportunities for fellowship, to gather as brothers from across geographic, cultural, and Provincial boundaries.
The fellowship also spanned the generations – the younger Friars being inspired by their seniors, while the older men were rejuvenated by the infectious energy and enthusiasm of the younger Friars.