St. Joseph’s Solemnity was the perfect feast for the Guardian of the charism of St Francis to historically visit England’s Nazareth for the very first time.
As Successor to the saint whom in his time heard God say ‘Francis, go and rebuild my Church’, Friar Marco Tasca, Minister General of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Greyfriars), responded to the voice of his fellow friars to return to Walsingham for the conversion of England.
Beginning in the early 1300’s a dream of St Francis before he died was that some of his brothers would be sent to England. As part of the heritage of England, Mary’s Dowry, Walsingham was an inevitable place as the only one out of the four major shrines in Medieval Christendom which was devoted to the Mother of God.
For St. Francis the Blessed Virgin Mary was Mother, Advocate and Queen. St. Bonaventure bears witness that St. Francis honoured Her as Mother, when he says: "He loved with an unspeakable affection the Mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, forasmuch as that She had made the Lord of glory our Brother, and that through Her we have obtained mercy." (Leg. Mai. IX,3)
England’s Nazareth and the Successor of St Francis
Date: 3rd April 2018 @ 15:00