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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

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. January 2015.
“Go to the poor and you will find God”-Saint Vincent de Paul

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Breakfast with the Bishop

7th Annual Breakfast with the Bishop, Saturday October 25, 8:30am Calgary Dream Centre 4510 MacLeod Trail S. Starring” Chef Mario. Special Guests: Marty Antonini & 7th Heaven. In Support of the Calgary Dream Centre. Tickets $50. ea

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RSS Saint of the Day

  • St. Alonso Rodriguez October 30, 2014
    On October 30, the Catholic Church honors a man whose humble occupation gave the world only glimpses of his extraordinary holiness. During his lifetime, Brother Alonso Rodriguez never became a priest, published a book, or advanced professionally. But writings discovered after his death revealed a true mystic, who attended to a rich spiritual life while […]

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