St. Ignatius of Loyola


Lord God,
you raised up Saint Ignatius Loyola in your Church
to give greater glory to your name.
Grant that, aided by his prayers,
we may fight against all that is evil on earth,
and with him receive the crown of victory in heaven.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.



“A solemn and religious regard to spiritual and eternal things is an indispensable element of all true greatness.” ~Daniel Webster

Feast of St. Sharbel, hermit


O God, who called the Priest Saint Sharbel Makhlūf
to the solitary combat of the desert and imbued
him with all manner of devotion,
grant us, we pray,
that, being made imitators of the Lord’s Passion,
we may merit to be coheirs of his Kingdom.
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen

Defending The Faith Conference 2014

If you’re attending the 2014 Defending the Faith Conference at Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH this weekend, please keep an eye out for our good friend Brother Rex. If you see him–an ugly little man sporting a beard, wearing a brown habit with a white cord around his waist and sandals on his feet–he would be grateful if you would introduce yourself.

St. Lawrence of Brindisi


“God is love, and all his operations proceed from love. Once he wills to manifest that goodness by sharing his love outside himself, then the Incarnation becomes the supreme manifestation of his goodness and love and glory. So, Christ was intended before all other creatures and for his own sake. For him all things were created and to him all things must be subject, and God loves all creatures in and because of Christ. Christ is the first-born of every creature, and the whole of humanity as well as the created world finds its foundation and meaning in him. Moreover, this would have been the case even if Adam had not sinned.” ~St. Lawrence of Brindisi, Doctor of the Universal Church : report of the commemorative ceremonies in honor of St. Lawrence of Brindisi, of the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin

Text Your Prayer Requests



Texting While Driving


The Boston Globe had a nice article about the Franciscan Friars who staff St. Anthony Shrine in downtown Boston and their new ministry of receiving prayer requests via text messaging. Go here to read the article. Text them a prayer request, or return to the front page of this website and send your confidential prayer request to the hermit residing at Little Portion Hermitage.

Seek Jesus In All Things

“if in all things you seek Jesus, doubtless you will find him.” ~St. Teresa of Avila



“Penance is the purifier of the soul.”

~St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mt Carmel

Almighty Lord and God, let the gracious intercession of our Lady of Mount Carmel help us. Under her protection, may we come to the mountain of God, Christ the Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.

Feast of St. Bonaventure

St Bonventure

Almighty God and Father,
on this feast of Saint Bonaventure,
enlighten our minds with the splendour of his teaching,
and help us to imitate his ardent love of you.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.