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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
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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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2017 Dominican Republic Mission

Join the Franciscan and Friends Music Mission Retreat to The Dominican Republic.
Music, Recovery, Faith. Nov 2017.
“Go to the poor and you will find God”-Saint Vincent de Paul

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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. Peter Damian February 21, 2018
    On Feb. 21, Catholics honor Saint Peter Damian, a Benedictine monk who strove to purify the Church during the early years of its second millennium. In his Sept. 9, 2009 general audience on the saint, Pope Benedict XVI described him as "one of the most significant figures of the 11th century ... a lover of […]

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Denis Grady
Calgary, Alberta Canada
Phone: 403.243.1049
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