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Welcome to Franciscan and Friends

Denis Grady is an award-winning country/gospel songwriter and performer who founded Franciscan and Friends Annual Mission Retreats.. We do this because the Gospel calls us to it, and because we fall in love with the people.  Every trip, we experience conversion in a deep, powerful way. My wife Barbie coined the phrase Mission Retreat, which I think accurately describes the experience.

We are living such excessively busy lives in North America and not responding to the call of the Sabbath. The poor teach us how to slow down.
"Go to the poor and you will find God"
-Saint Vincent de Paul
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St. Francis of Assisi

Francis of Assisi was a poor little man who astounded and inspired the Church by taking the gospel literally—not in a narrow fundamentalist sense, but by actually following all that Jesus said and did, joyfully, without limit and without a sense of self-importance.

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2015 Dominican Republic Mission

Join the Franciscan and Friends Music Mission Retreat to The Dominican Republic.
Music, Recovery, Faith. May 2015.
“Go to the poor and you will find God”-Saint Vincent de Paul

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Fr. Ron Rolheiser

A Crying Need

Our poverty today as regards evangelization is not so much lack of good critical thought as lack of good artists.  What we lack are theologians, preachers, teachers, songwriters, painters and the like who can make new images that can take the word of God…

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RSS Saint of the Day

  • Our Lady of Good Counsel April 26, 2015
    On the Feast of St. Mark, April 25, 1467, at the close of a festival in Genazzano, Italy, a cloud descended upon an ancient 5th-century deteriorated church, dedicated to Our Lady of Good Counsel. When the cloud disappeared, the festive crowd found a small, fragile image of the Blessed Virgin and Child on a thin […]

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Denis Grady
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Phone: 403.243.1049
Website: http://franciscanandfriends.ca
Email: denis.grady@shaw.ca