We met as students in Rome in 1987 at the Capuchin Franciscan Institute in
Antonianum. We discovered a mutual interest in the works of St.
Bonaventure and initiated our study with his Itinerarium
Mentis in Deum (Journey into God) by
developing a retreat experience centered on this masterpiece.
Shortly after beginning our work with the
Journey retreats, we entered into a dialogue on solitude as experienced and
lived by St. Francis. This led to our first publication venture when we
organized translations of articles that evolved into the anthology, Franciscan
encourage a broader dialogue on solitude within the Franciscan family. It
was the first of a long line of publications.
May 2016: André receives his second honorary
doctorate, here at St. Bonaventure University, New York, with Sister
Margaret Carney, President of the University.
Honorary Doctorate for André
Interest in the topic of Franciscan solitude had
grown, and we decided to risk a pilgrimage to the Franciscan places of
solitude in Italy frequented by St. Francis. So in summer of 2000, under the
auspices of Franciscan
Pilgrimage Programs, we
conducted a pilgrimage to thirteen of these holy sanctuaries.
Later on, in the year 2010, we took two groups of pilgrims to
southern Bavaria to visit sanctuaries connected with the Capuchin, Saint
Konrad of Parzham, to the Austrian church dedicated to Secular Franciscan,
Blessed Franz Jägerstätter, to the most popular sanctuary in Germany
dedicated to Mary—the
Capuchin chapel at Altötting,
and finally to the renowned Passion Play at Oberammergau.
When Laurent Gallant OFM and André were
preparing St. Francis' Office
of the Passion for
publication as a prayerbook, Laurent was interested in the possibility of
the office to
be chanted. So Josef was commissioned to compose the music for the office.
And with a generous grant from Secular Franciscan, Paul Perkins, we produced
our first CD—The Geste of
the Great King.
Not too long after we published this first CD, André had
dreamed of taking parts of the writings of Saints Francis and Clare and put
them into repetitive chants for people to both remember the writings and
meditate on them through music. Josef had already visited Taizé with his
family, and with the translations of Murray Bodo OFM and Frances Teresa
Downing OSC in hand, he composed twenty-six mantras in a double CD—Love
André R.Cirino, OFM
25 Laurel Ave, Mt. Vernon, New York 10552-1018
Josef Raischl, OFS
Egerer Str. 17A,
André Cirino, OFM:
I am a friar minor of the Province of the
Immaculate Conception, New York.
My academic background
includes: BA, Immaculate Conception College 1963; MA West Virginia University,
Counseling, 1968; STM, Woodstock Jesuit School of Theology, 1975. My
ministerial experience includes parish work, Franciscan formation, education,
publication and spiritual assistant for the Secular Franciscans of the Little
Portion Fraternity. I have also worked at the Little Portion Retreat House for
the poor in Bronx, New York. Since 1984 I have conducted
Prague, England, Mallorca, France, Germany and the California Missions. I lectured at the
Franciscan International Study Centre,
Josef Raischl, OFS: I was born in Bavaria, Germany. As a married
Secular Franciscan I live with my wife Bernadette and our three children in
Dachau, near Munich. I am director
of St. Christopher’s Hospice in Munich (www.chv.org ).
My graduate studies encompass both philosophy and theology from the Catholic
University of Eichstätt and the Franciscan International Study Centre,
Canterbury, England, as well as an MA in Social Work in Munich. I did my
post-graduate studies in Franciscan Spirituality in Rome at the Capuchin
Franciscan Institute at the Pontifical University Antonianum.
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