Giving a Voice to the Voiceless

Florida Catholic Media reported Pope Francis’ address to a delegation of the Catholic Extension’s 2023 Spirit of Francis Award at the Vatican. Spirit of Francis Award recipients are laudable for their commitment “to reach out to the margins of society” in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis, and the founder of Catholic Extension, Father Francis Clement Kelley. Pope Francis said, “By giving a voice to those who are frequently voiceless, you bear witness to the God-given dignity of every person.” Pope Francis also shared, “listening to and including the experiences and perspectives of all, especially those on the margins of society, enriches the church’s life and ministry…I am pleased to know of your concern to place those who are often victims of today’s ‘throw-away culture’ at the heart of the church’s pastoral activity; in this way, their voices can be heard, and all can benefit.” (photo: Catholic News Service/Vatican Media, 2023)

Are you feeling called to bring a voice to the oppressed, the lowly, the pushed aside, and the impoverished of livelihood or spirit? Are you studying for or working in a profession of bringing a voice to the voiceless? Or maybe you find yourself in that role within your community or family? Are you considering whether the Secular Franciscan Order (O.F.S.) would bring and grow the spiritual dimension in your daily life and work? We would love to hear from you! E-mail the St. Cloud Fraternity of Secular Franciscans at

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