Below are a few photos of St. Francis of Assisi in Humphrey, Nebraska. They were taken Wednesday morning, March 6, 2013.
This photo was taken approaching Humphrey. The most visible structure is the church -- from miles around. This steeple of the church is incredibly high. Indeed, it is an awesome sign and symbol.
I missed the very top of the steeple. But is it not awesome?
Like St. Michael's in Albion, the stain glass windows are really awesome. When one walks into this church, one KNOWS immediately that it is Franciscan, whether there are Fanciscans living there or not!
Side Altar -- St. Joseph
Painting on the south wall of the High Altar -- notice Saint Claire
I have always liked Zefferilli's story of Francis and Clare. Yes, it is a bit romantic, but then that is the story of these two saints. Enjoy a clip from BROTHER SUN, SISTER MOON.
Just a few last comments. A few summers ago, I took the Suing twins (Ben and Blake) up home with me as a token of my appreication for all they did to help as the grounds keeping crew that summer. We had a great home cooked meal by my Aunt Bernie Spieker and then we toured St. Boniface in Raeville, Ne. The church and rectory are below. At one time this too was Franciscan. This whole complex is really an awesome place. It appears on one my earlier blogs as well.
Blake Padre J Ben
March 10, 2013
I keep thinking of more material that belongs on this blog and so it continues to grow. Below are a three photos that I took when I visited St. Bonaventure's in Columbus, Nebraska last year -- 2012. Paul & Joyce Dohmen belong to this parish. Both are very active members and do alot of work at this parish. They are there daily for the Eucharist. Just recently St. Bon's redid the whole church. Although the church was basically stripped of its Franciscan flavor and flare in the 1960s, a good portion of Franciscanism has been restored. It is really very beautiful. Congratulations to St. Bon's in its restoration. Later there will be a much more extensive blog on all the contributions that the Dohmen family has given to me and to Mount Michael. But these photos fit here for now.
The cross is very Franciscan for me. While the outline of the cross is painted on the wall, the wooden beams are deminsional as well as the corpus of Jesus. Paul Dohmen made the wooden cross at his home. It is solid oak. St Francis is on the right and St. Bonaventure is on the left.
Our Fr. Louis Sojka grew up in this parish.
I am sure that I will have more to add to this blog as I recall more of Franciscan influences of my life. These are all wonderful places to visit. One could easily do a "Franciscan pilgrimage" in this area of Nebraska.