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Franciscan Mission Associates (FMA), now in its 59th year of service to the missions of the world, is a spiritually based organization with worldwide mission-helping undertakings. It promotes information about and interest in the missionaries and their people – particularly in the Franciscan Missions of Central America, but also in the inner cities of the United States and Canada as well as every continent in the world.
Saint of the Month
St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Feast Day – November 17
Princess, wife at 14, mother of 3, friend of the sick and poor, Secular Franciscan (and now co-patron with St. Louis IX), St. Elizabeth led a full life in just 24 years.
But it was not always easy, despite her high position; for she was widowed at 21 and suffered mistreatment for a time by her in-laws. Instead of resuming a court position afterward, she embraced the material detachment taught by St. Francis in the spirit of the Lord Jesus and devoted her last years to caring for the sick after she had provided for her children’s education and welfare.
Prayer of the Month
You helped St. Elizabeth of Hungary to recognize and honor Christ in the poor of this world.
Let her prayers help us to serve our brothers and sisters
in time of trouble and need.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen