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A Chapter Begins
Franciscan Afternoons
Leaving Chestnut Drive
Spirit of Our Founder
Timor Exposure Trip 2005
Friday, 12 August 2005
30 October - An Afternoon with the Franciscan Family
Mood:  bright
Topic: Franciscan Afternoons
There will be an afternoon of interaction and prayer with the Franciscan Family comprising of the OFM (Order of Friars Minor), FMM (Franciscan Missionaries of Mary), FMDM (Franciscan Missionaries of the Divine Motherhood)

Posted by tintinjust at 18:50 JST
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Thursday, 21 July 2005
Timor Exposure Trip 2005
Mood:  cool
Topic: Timor Exposure Trip 2005
16 June - Depart Singapore for Bali

17 June - Depart Bali for East Timor(Dili)

18 June
Depart Dili to Fatubulihu ofm house in the south

20 June - Depart for Dili

23 June - Depart Dili for West Timor(Atanbua ofm house)

25/26 June, 2/3/9/10 July
Laktutus parish (3 Churchs) in the mountains

4 July - Depart for West Timor(Kupang)

7 July - Depart for West Timor (Atanbua)

14 July - Depart for Dili

16 July - Depart to Bail, Jakarta, Singapore

Posted by tintinjust at 16:20 JST
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Sunday, 12 June 2005
For the first half of 2005
Mood:  chatty
Topic: A Chapter Begins
Life of a Friar in Initial Formation
Since our move into out new premises in Bukit Batok...

Life had took on a dramatic change from that of my 2 years spent in Chestnut Drive. (Postulancy and 1st year of simple vows)

Studies in the seminary saw me taking a full load of subjects. Although I had put in more effort than I did last year, time still seems to be 'leaking' away and yet the last quarter of my studies from April to June seems like an eternity. Partly due to metaphysics being extended for another quarter and having to take on another subject Phenomenology.

House cleaning duties, church devotion services, special house prayer services which all have to be added on to that of time spent in seminary and time to study.

Life indeed is different from last year. Learning how to be a Friar and experiencing the realities of studies/ministry, prayer and house matters.

Some days I would fail to wake up in time for morning prayer and mass for working up to the late morning hours.

Indeed the path to follow after the footsteps of Christ is not something in one's head or in theory. it has to be lived out and to be experienced.

Sometimes the reality is also about learning to live life keeping in mind the 'Whole', the other brothers and life in the coummunity and not about 'myself' anymore.

Cycling on weekends which is what I enjoy sometimes has to be cut and the nights which the community went for 'recreation' like movies I choose to stay at home to catch up on assignments and study for examinations.

As one who enjoys taking life slow in order to smell, touch and soak in the experiences it has to offer, the irony is that when it comes to learning and examinations, I may have the tendency to retreat into my 'shell'.

As one who had the privelege to experience what is True Learning and how it can be conducted in our modern world, I can be quite critical of the way lessons are conducted (instruction 'teacher-centered' vs 'student-centered').

However all these experiences perhaps has a purpose for me to learn how to live with the realities and imperfections of myself, others and the world.

The world has 'shrunk'through Globalisation, distances are no longer a barrier for travelling.
Communication has never been so easy before and Knowledge so widely available and I am hopeful, awaiting the day when one can learn more knowledge in a faster way and in various ways which a person is more adapt or suited for.

"I see reality as it has been for me and what is actually taking place. I cannot tell others that which is not what had happened."

"Some would never dare to talk about what is real and prefer to retreat into their world which exists only in their mind."

The way of St. Francis is still relevant in today's world. I hope to live it everyday and especially during the coming exposure trip to East Timor with the Friars there.

Till then,
more coming up in the month to come
with experiences from my trip to share...
in end July.

Posted by tintinjust at 00:55 JST
Updated: Tuesday, 14 June 2005 02:58 JST
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Tuesday, 19 April 2005
Greeetings from San Damiano
Mood:  chatty
Topic: Leaving Chestnut Drive
The Formation House (San Damiano Friary) finally moved out its Chestnut premises to its new home at Bukit Batot East Ave 2 in december 2004.

The new address:

San Damiano Friary
Bukit Batok East Ave 2
Singapore 659918

Posted by tintinjust at 17:35 JST
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Friday, 2 January 2004
Welcome 2004.....
Happy New Year to ALL

5th January 2004 ....
it will be back to Singapore...

A year has passed by .....
Novitiate concludes on 3th January 2004

On 7th January 6.30pm.... at Church of St. Marys of the Angels...

Simple Profession will take place...

May the light of Christ illuminate the four of us....
and the grace of God fill us 'miserable' ones with the Holy Spirt who will continue to guide us through our formation and journey in the Franciscan Order.


Posted by tintinjust at 18:59 WST
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Saturday, 13 December 2003
Sharing of Franciscan Resources

SFO - Secular Franciscans Order.

This is a newly created information webpage for SFO information.

created by Carl Schafer ofm
dec 2003

Posted by tintinjust at 12:40 WST
Updated: Friday, 2 January 2004 18:49 WST
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Greetings of Peace - Welcome
NaturesCreation - 2000
That's the year NaturesCreation went online...

Feel free to post articles and browse the webpages and links.


I wish I were either rich enough or poor enough to do a lot of things that are impossible in my present comfortable circumstances
- Don Herold

Who, being loved, is poor?
- Oscar Wilde

Posted by tintinjust at 12:26 WST
Updated: Saturday, 13 December 2003 12:26 WST
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