March 11 Study Day


So many feasts days…

So little time!

But here is a lovely Blessing of Saint Clare:


OFS and Stance on Racism

We have enclosed the document sent by the National Fraternity regarding the violent racist acts that continue to plague our country. By now, you have seen dozens of statements taking a stance against racism and expressing solidarity with the BLM movement. Very few of those statements have contained concrete actions to take as companies, organizations, or institutions. Racism is a systemic issue and as such it must be dismantled for it has no place in our community.

We are glad to see that the OFS JPIC statement is urging specifically to “do”:

As Catholic Christians and Franciscans, we owe it to ourselves to do the following in response to racism:

 To identify and eradicate the structures in our societal institutions that perpetuate racism, and replace them with structures that are fair and just, and that value the lives and gifts of every person.

 To pray for an end to racism; indeed, to pray for interracial solidarity, for our laws and our faith practices to reflect our compassion and value for the dignity of every human life; and that we lovers and followers of Jesus and Francis of Assisi, be leaders in bringing about a rightly informed sense of racial equity and justice in our land and in our Church.

 To identify and confront our own unconscious racial biases. After a shared history of hundreds of years in this country, we all have them. They make their way into our lives and culture, often unnoticed. But we can become more just and open by discovering these unconscious biases and replace them with love and engagement.

We may not be sure right now what each of these responses will require of us but know that no matter what, it is important that we be joyful, humble, and prayerful as we tackle the work necessary to be better leaders, better Franciscans, better Christians.

The work begins within us….



Wellspring fraternity wishes all of you a great 2019!

Peace and all good!


Feast of Our Lady of the Angels of the Portiuncula


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 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 or by calling 630.247.4057. Be sure to include name and fraternity when responding.

Saints and Feasts



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

Fraternity Life

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.