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Franciscan Media: Live in Love, Grow in Faith

Sep 19, 2022
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We at Franciscan Media strive to provide hope to those who are hungry for it. And hope is a resource we must protect.

A quote often attributed to St. Francis of Assisi that I’ve always loved is, “All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.” There's no evidence he said those words, but they are so inherently Franciscan that it hardly matters. That quote is at the heart of what we do at Franciscan Media: To spread light in an often dark world. And it is the drumbeat of my own work here.

I started at Franciscan Media in 2001 as an assistant editor at its flagship magazine, St. Anthony Messenger. In those first years I wrote many editorials, articles, and columns for the magazine. I am lucky to have interviewed movie stars, politicians, and artists; priests, poets, and prison chaplains. I have been fortunate to encounter many lives and tell many stories. And though I deeply love my work with the magazine—so much so that I am now co-leading it—10 years into my tenure at the company, I realized something that rattled me: The magazine wasn’t enough anymore. I was too terrified to say it out loud—but God heard me.

Our company blog started not long before social media became an indomitable force in our culture. Suddenly, a door opened. I could guide our company’s digital outreach while keeping my feet firmly in the magazine. And that was what my heart was seeking: an opportunity to spread the Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis along two vastly different platforms.

Evangelization in the digital world is a force unlike anything I’ve experienced. It takes months to create one issue of St. Anthony Messenger. As editors, we can only hope that our readers relish what we give them, but there’s no sure way to gage our successes or failures. Digital is different. In minutes, I can create a blog, publish it, share it along our social channels, and watch as readership rises.

Through comments on our many web features, I can see, unmistakably, that our digital work is touching lives. People are hungry for hope. I am lucky to be a part of a channel that provides it every day.

I am honored, as one of the architects of Franciscan Media’s digital footprint, to contribute to our popular, daily e-newsletters, such as Saint of the DayMinute Meditations, Pause+Pray, and this blog. I can see how some 150,000 people engage with those popular features each month. These free digital newsletters provide hope to those who are hungry for it. And hope is a resource we must protect.


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Comments

Jim Little
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 08:00 AM
Jim Little
Thank you so much for what you and all who help with this website. I read it every day and it definitely helps me be closer to God.
Mary Margaret
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 09:13 AM
Mary Margaret
I really like the different emails. They are inspiring and helpful to my spiritual growth. I share them with my friends to help their walk with God.
Arlene B. Muller
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 09:42 AM
Arlene B. Muller
Thank you for MINUTE MEDITATIONS (daily by e-mail)FRANCISCAN SPIRIT (Monday thru Friday by e-mail), SAINT OF THE DAY(daily e-mail via a friend) & PAUSE & PRAY (?on the website) that are part of my morning prayer & inspiration & have been for a few years.
Chuck LeMieux
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 09:48 AM
Chuck LeMieux
Thanks for what you do and do so well! Your news letters start my prayer routine everyday.
June L
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 09:51 AM
June L
Franciscan media is my favorite morning reflection. Thanks to all of you for bringing reflections and videos to all of us daily. What a wonderful way to start the day!
R. Vigil
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 10:40 AM
R. Vigil
I look forward to reading your daily post. It gives me new incite to on how I should live each day according to God's word. Thank you!
Joan H
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 11:15 AM
Joan H
I start my day with these newsletters. They are all very relevant and inspiring, helping me to start with a positive mindset each day. What a blessing to see positive and uplifting digital content! Thank you for all that you and your team is doing. Bless you always.
Joe Normand
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 11:30 AM
Joe Normand
I read your e-newsletters every morning, and thank God for them. I would like to help Franciscan media but would rather not use a credit card. Can you give me an address to mail to?
Trudi Williams
Mon, 09/19/2022 - 10:53 PM
Trudi Williams
I too read your columns every day. They are sometimes informational and always provide another way to look at life. Thank-you
Teresa
Tue, 09/20/2022 - 09:45 PM
Teresa
I begin everyday with your messages of hope and love. God bless you all in your important ministry. ❤️🙏

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