Today is the Feast Day of the great St. Francis.  While he lived in the 13th century, he along with his friend St. Clare began a revolution in Christianity that lives to this very day. This ministry is named after another Franciscan, Fr. Mychal Judge, the New York City Fire Department chaplain who died on 9/11 while caring for injured fireman inside the World Trade Center (read more in "About Us").  This Franciscan spirit of service informs this entire ministry.  

On average, I visit with hospice patients four days a week.  As I sit in my Jeep outside of the inpatient hospice facility, I pray that God increase and that I decrease.  I pray to remember that I have two ears and only one mouth for a reason.  I pray that I be totally attentive to the patients, families, and staff that await me inside.  I remind myself that this is His ministry and not mine; that "success" as commonly understood is not my concern.  

I will be ordained a Catholic priest in St. Louis next month.  On my ordination prayer cards I have printed the prayer of Fr. Mychal.  I repeat this prayer as I walk into hospice:

"Lord, take me where you want me to go.  Let me meet who you want me to meet.  Tell we what you want me to say.  Keep me out of your way!"


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