Wellspring fraternity wishes all of you a great 2019!

Peace and all good!


You and Your Family and Friends are cordially invited to this Franciscan Gathering hosted by the Mother Cabrini Region of Secular Franciscans on Saturday, August 4, 2018. It will be held at:

Mayslake Village

1801 35th Street

Oak Brook, Illinois



Robert M. Hutmacher, OFM has been a Franciscan friar since 1968 and was ordained a priest in 1979. Music has been his life since he was 4 and flowed through his education. He holds degrees in sociology, an M.Div. in theology and liturgy from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, and the MA in music and liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame. Music studies were also done at the University of Memphis, Quincy University, Northland College along with the private study of harp and piano.

He has recorded 13 collections, the most recent being The Nature Suite, recorded in Italy in 2015 and released numerous compositions through five U.S. and Italian publishers. He was the founder and artistic director of Chiesa Nuova for 17 years, a Franciscan ministry devoted to the performing arts; Chiesa Nuova presented over 530 artists since 1996 all over the U.S. and Europe. He has concertized throughout the U.S., Canada, Italy, Germany, and Singapore. Friar Bob has been associated with St. Peter’s in the Loop since 1993 and was Director of Worship there until 2012. A resident at St. Peter’s he presently serves as an assistant at Ascension Parish, Oak Park, and continues to compose, inspire and bring people to God through liturgy, preaching, the arts and a great sense of humor.


8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Mass

9:45 a.m. Continental Breakfast

10:15 a.m. The Porziuncula – Its History

11:45 a.m. Break

12:00 p.m Lunch (see below)

1:15 p.m. Transformation in the Lives of Francis and Clare

2:15 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. Evening Prayer


(You can bring your own lunch if you prefer)

PLEASE RSVP BY FRATERNITY TO Susan Gribbon, OFS, by July 28, 2018



It will help us a lot if fraternities could have one person call with the total for
your group. Many thanks for your understanding and assistance! RSVP to
Susan Gribbon, OFS by calling 847-358-3158 or emailing her at
grundy04@att.net. by July 28, 2018.


It’s a New Year!

For all the beautiful things that happened this year, we give praise. For those we lost but were gained by Heaven, we give thanks. For a new year full of love and blessings, we pray!

Happy New Year to All!

Day of Recollection 

2017 Mother Cabrini Region Study Day/Leadership Workshop & Season of Creation celebration! 

Creation is one of the pillars of our Franciscan Spirituality and this year’s theme is fitting for a celebration of our amazing universe. 

When: Saturday September 16th, 2017, 8:30am – 3:30pm.

Where: Mayslake Village at 1801 35th Street Oakbrook, Illinois, 60523.

Lunch Cost: $15 (no charge if you bring your own)

All are welcome! A formal agenda will be distributed closer to the event… please RSVP no later than FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th to formation@ilsfo.org or by calling 630.247.4057. Be sure to include name and fraternity when responding.



Does anyone make New Year’s Resolutions anymore? We do!

Wellspring Visitation 2016

It was time for Visitation once more! One of the challenges at Wellspring is to remind all that we do not keep a Treasury log. Because we are so small, we really do not have a bank account, nor do we have ongoing expenses. Whenever there is an expense (the website annual fee or the per capita) we simply collect it from the members and issue a personal check. So as far as any other challenges, that is pretty much it. We always hope that our unique charisma is acknowledged and respected and it has been quite a few year now since we have been encouraged by our wonderful REC to continue the work that we are doing.

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Mother Cabrini Celebration

So we had a few glitches to contend with (our reservation of the chapel disappeared) but we managed at Techny Towers for this year’s Mother Cabrini celebration. We loved seeing so many people congregated there to hear Father Anthony.

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Elections at St. Francis-St. Louis

This was my first election as Presider on behalf of the Regional Executive Council. It also happened to be Brother Joe’s birthday. Brother Joe and I are birthday twins (almost!). So I got some cake too!

AAAHHHHH, again I let the blog sleep for too long. So, at the last Regional Election, I ran for member at large of the REC. I got elected Secretary. Those things happen too. I am very happy and excited to serve in this capacity. We have a lot to learn and we all have a great desire to serve. One of the things I have enjoyed the most has been visiting the different fraternities and getting to see the varied personalities of each one. I will update, I hope, more frequently and post some of the ones I have already visited.

What a gift!

Happy birthday, Brother Joe!



To all of us, a reminder that our brothers and sisters of creation need our stewardship, now more than ever. May we be faithful to the example of Francis, to the gospel.

Portiuncula Celebration






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And that is what happens when you attend the Portiuncula celebration at Mayslake Village and Father Johnpaul Cafiero is the speaker. He offered the following reflections on the Peace prayer (these are my notes so bear with the somewhat choppy structure):

*Not written by Francis but holds its Spirit.


*Make me an instrument:

What does it mean to be an instrument? Practice Practice Practice! We gotta keep trying no matter how old we are. We need our body (physical and mental strength), we need a teacher, we cannot learn the spiritual life by ourselves, do we have a spiritual companion or director? To play our instrument we also need perseverance, patience, commitment to time, talent and treasure. What does it tae to make an instrument: finest wood, time, sanding, stringing the instrument. soak away some of those imperfections, sand down the rough edges of my life, stretch me, my lack of growth and inability to grow, mold it and polish it and He will make beautiful music.

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*Of Thy peace: Where do we capture peace? Peace be with you. Shalom. Fullness. Contentment. We all have the gift within us.

*Where there is hatred, let me sow love: open the newspaper and we see hatred everywhere. How do we sow love? We begin practicing random acts of kindness. Francis’s kindness kissing the leper and turning his life around. IS the world going to be different because we are here? The smallest acts can change the world.

*Where there is injury, pardon: sowing–right amount of sun and water (not too little not too much). We never know what will grow. Do not expect anything in return. An injury is a bruise, a wound. We need to tend to the wound because otherwise it becomes infected. Pardoning helps that wound. When we don’t let go it destroys us. When we don’t forgive we are stuck in the past.

*Where there is doubt, faith: Doubt is a normal part of life. In order to begin with faith, we have to begin with doubt.

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*Where there is despair; hope: we have to recognize when we need to reach out when we are depressed. The darkness of depression. Hope means seeing with possibilities, so how do we sow hope? Seeing the world with new eyes. Do we see a person and stick them in a cage? Or do we believe that people can change and grow? Hope is seeing what can be. Nothing is impossible for God

*Where there is darkness, light: How do we give light? Do not out the light under the bed, but out it where we cna shine it on everyone and everything.

*Where there is sadness, joy: We wake up happy, we are alive! Happiness is based on external things but joy is deep within.

As old as the 10th century perhaps written by French friars.

The second part was written as a response to war in the 20th century

*O Divine Master

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Master as maestro…as someone who is a teacher, coordinator, orchestrator but not necessarily a power differential as in a master/slave relationship. The church is pulled into the feudal system, where the power differential is great. Francis challenges the Church back to think of who is the Divine Master. Who are what is the divine master of our life? We live in a  culture that worships youth, and success and pleasure technology and medicine as the center and source of our lives….we must ask ourselves, is that what is teaching/leading our lives. What is our image of God?  God is love. We cannot love someone we are afraid of. Yaweh, breath.Pneuma. The very breath of God, God breaths life into our lives.

*Grant that I may not so much seek To be consoled as to console: Sometimes all we can do is be present for someone. There is no need for words.

*To be understood as to understand: How do messages get lost when they are being filtered through the mental loop of individuals. Two ears and one mouth. Sometimes we bombard heaven with words. Sometimes prayer is wasting time with God. Am I truly listening or am I thinking about what I am going to say next.

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*It is in giving that we receive:  We do not know how people are going to receive our gift but the gospel commands us to give. We give what we do from our heart, what they do with it is their responsibility.

*It is in pardoning that we are pardoned: We go to a priest who absolves us in the name of the community.

*It is in dying that we are born to eternal life: We live in a death denying culture. We do not want to think about it because we are fearful of the end and spend too much on mortuary cosmetics to look like we are sleeping. Death is the ultimate act of letting go.


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Spiritual Journeys–April

Peoples! We are almost at Easter….If you are interested in visiting with us, we will hold our next meeting on Saturday, April 11th. Contact us for details. Or reply here. Anyway, I hope all of you have a wonderful Easter!