The Capuchin Franciscan Friars Province of the Sacred Stigmata of St. Francis are a Roman Catholic religious order of priests and brothers who are inspired by the ideals of St. Francis of Assisi. In the spirit of St. Francis, we live a Gospel brotherhood embracing the message of Christ, living simply and committed to serving the poor. By working and praying together, we encourage each other to fully live the Gospel in the spirit and example of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Padre Pio, Father Solanus Casey and many other holy Friars, both past and present.
Hendersonville’s Grace Lutheran and Immaculate Conception Catholic churches plan to work together in the future in a spirit of unity that leaders say better reflects the true spirit of Christianity.
“Our ministry is stronger if we focus more on what we have in common,” Grace Lutheran Senior Pastor Greg Williams said. “Christ’s prayer was for all followers to be one.”
Williams and Capuchin Father Martin Schratz at Immaculate Conception on May 12 signed a covenant that attempts to unify the two churches by identifying areas where they plan to work together.