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Image:  Mary in Glory with Francis and Clare of Assisi ~ Gentile da Fabriano, 14th C

This marvelous litany written by Francis has captivated me for forty years.  In fact, in 1977 I set the text to a 13th century French melody I’d found in the library while in grad school at Notre Dame.  Franciscan scholars list it among the undated writings of Francis but it is definitely his and from the latter part of his life (d.1226).  Mary is hailed as Queen of the Franciscan Order and indeed, we friars have been instrumental in the development of Mariology.  St. Bonaventure (d. 1274) debated with Thomas Aquinas and others at the University of Paris about the role of Mary in salvation history. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception is due, in great part, because of the work of Blessed John Dun Scotus (d. 1308).  But for this month, let’s focus on this beautiful litany by our founder, Francis, to discover more of his own reverence for the Mother of Jesus.

Read the full article - The Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Fr. Bob Hutmacher, O.F.M.


Sator Duo Returns to Chicago in 2017!


Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 p.m.
Prince of Peace Church, Lake Villa, IL
Thursday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.
Ascension Church, Oak Park, IL
Friday, October 20, 7:30 p.m.
Sacred Heart Church, Winnetka, IL
More dates and locations to be announced




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


The Truth  (April 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)

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