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Reunion Plans

Go West, Old Man
by Mike Niklas

ext year's reunion will be a return to the Southwest.  Fr. Larry Dunham, Provincial Minister of Our Lady of Guadalupe, extended an invitation and we gladly accepted.  The 2002 Chapter will take place June 20-23 in the vicinity of Albuquerque.   It will begin with dinner on the evening of June 20th and end with Mass and lunch at the Provincial House on June 23rd, but there is so much to see in New Mexico that I recommend arriving a day or two early.

The 1999 Chapter in New Mexico was an incredible experience for everyone who attended.  The varied terrain and historical landmarks made for a wonderful vacation.  This experience was complimented by tours, dinners, and Mass with old and new friends.  For pictures and stories of that chapter, see the article in the December 1999 newsletter.

Is Assisi for Thee in 2003?
by Ron Fein

lear your calendars for June of 2003--the Alumni Association has chosen to celebrate a chapter (reunion) in Assisi!  We took a vote at the 2001 Chapter and there was great enthusiasm for this ultimate destination as a fitting place to gather and show our Franciscan spirit and heritage.  A tour of Italy and a neighboring country is now being arranged for interested members, families, and friends.

My wife and I were there with Fr. Jim Bok, ofm in October 2000. That tour took us to Lisbon, Portugal (the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua), Rome (with a tour of St. Peters, The Vatican and a general audience with Pope John Paul II), Assisi, Greccio (where in 1223 St. Francis recreated the birth of Christ), Florence, Padua and Venice.

Being a true Franciscan since I first entered Roger Bacon High School in 1958, the highlight of the tour was Assisi, where we visited St. Mary of the Angels, San Damiano, the Carcere, and Santa Chiara.  Those of you who have been

in the neighborhood of $2,800 per person including all transportation, lodging and most meals.  It would be wonderful to be in Assisi for Transitus, the Feast of St. Francis (October 4th)!

Some preliminary details:
 - Passports are mandatory and need to be obtained well in advance.
 - Planning is usually done about nine to ten months before departure, which would make your commitment necessary by September of 2002.
 - We will have a tour guide with us at all times, therefore local language is never a problem.
Be prepared to enjoy a Franciscan tour of a lifetime.  Additional details will appear in subsequent newsletters.  If you have questions or wish to express your interest in joining the tour group, you may write to Ron Fein, 7982 Nieman, Cincinnati, Ohio, 45224 or call (513) 931-6329.  We will be looking forward to the greatest chapter of the FAA's history!

Pat Findley and Pat Daly are working with Jack Clark Robinson OFM to set up the 2002 event.  Fr. Berard Doerger is in the 1952 class, which will be celebrating its 50th reunion.  Jack recently sent this note:
I am looking forward to seeing all the alumni who can attend next summer.  Larry Dunham asked me to provide some

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receiving and reading the FAA newsletter can see my story in the December 2000 edition.  You may also look up the article on the website,

For the Franciscan Alumni Association chapter, we are planning on a 10 to 13 day tour beginning in late September or early October 2003.  The price should be