Creating community with music
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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. 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

  • St. Gatian of Tours December 18, 2014
    Not much is known about the life of Saint Gatian, but we do know that he was the first bishop of Tours in France, and is said to be a disciple of Saint Denis of Paris. Arriving in a pagan land, completely untouched by the Good News, Gatian scattered the first seeds of the faith in […]

Get in Touch

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