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Sator Duo Returns to Chicago this Week!


Tuesday, October 17, 7:30 p.m.
Prince of Peace Church
135 S Milwaukee Ave, Lake Villa
$25 cash or check at the door
Thursday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Ascension Church
808 S East Ave, Oak Park
$25 cash or check at the door
Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church
1077 Tower Rd, Winnetka
$25 cash or check at the door

Sator Duo plays selected works of Hutmacher, Castelanni, Colasanto, Guarina, and di Bonaventura, along with classics by Piazolla, Gardel, and Matos Rodriguez e Villoldo.

Please note - the event at La Taberna on Saturday, October 21 has been cancelled.


The Basilica of Saint Francis

By Fr. Robert M. Hutmacher, OFM

Here is the center of our Fanciscan universe in all its majecsty.  The Papal Basilica of St. Francis and Sacro Convento surrounding it dominates the west end of Mount Subasio on which it is built.  It has a history that astounds and it’s this magnificent work of art that I want to share with you as part of our celebration of the Solemnity of Francis of Assisi on October 4.

Francis died October 3, 1226; he was canonized by Pope Gregory on July 16, 1228.  Just months before that event Simone di Pucciarello donated land to Brother Elias and the pope expressed his desire to build a church in memory of Francis.  So the day after he canonized Francis, Gregory IX laid the first stone.  What began as a rather humble edifice, however, was changed into the three level construction you see. 

Under the guidance of Brother Elias designers prepared a rather simple tomb for the remains of Francis and built a vaulted church and friary complex above and around the tomb.  Haymo of Faversham, brilliant British theologian and liturgist, was chosen as Minister General in 1240 and catapulted the plans to new heights.  Because he could attract workers from the North the massive Upper Basilica was constructed in record time. Stories in Assisi say that up to 10,000 people worked on the upper church at a time, that working on it was given as a penance, that more than one architect was responsible for its design and that it only took 10 years to complete.  There is truth in some of all that.  Pope Innocent IV consecrated the altars in 1253.  Impressive, yes?  Such was the desire to honor the Little Poor Man of Assisi in a highly visible way.d

Read the entire article, The Basilica of Saint Francis (download as pdf)



The Nature Suite by Fr. Bob


The Nature Suite’s sixteen movements are uplifting, joyful, tender and rooted in the realities of natural beauty all around us.  My years as a Franciscan have given me a deep sensitivity to human nature and to the splendors of life in its fullness.  I am grateful that I am a musician and have such a splendid manner to express the richness of life as I perceive it.

This collection has been a joy to produce with my friends, Orchestra da Camera di Perugia.   Each movement captures one place or element or creature in a particular style.  My background as a child of the Midwest U.S is apparent in the sounds captured in The Nature Suite. I believe this collection came from personal creativity and divine inspiration.  Without words the listener can experience what I have in the marvels of creation


Listen and buy it today. Available at:CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and 95+ outlets for digital download and streaming worldwide.


The Franciscan Legionnaire Articles by Fr. Bob

Assisi Treasure (September 2017)

The Basilica of St. Clare (August 2017)

Chiesa Nuova (July 2017)

San Damiano (June 2017)

The Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (May 2017)

This is Lent  (March 2017)

What Shall We Do? (January 2017)

Dreams of Peace (December 2016) 

Dreams (November 2016)

Embrace the Differences (September 2016)

It's Time to Talk Honestly (August 2016)

Church, State, and Election Year (July 2016)

New, New, New (January 2016)

A Composer's Conversion (February 2016)

Acknowledge God Above All Else (March 2016)

Archived Franciscan Legionnaire Articles












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