If you are in the South Jersey/Central Jersey/Philadelphia area and are interested in starting a new FNE unit, please contact Deputy Group Leader David Smith at bagheera(at)northstarexplorers.org.

Happy Feast of Saint George!  

Happy feast of St. George to all of our brother and sister Explorers, Scouts, and Guides throughout the world!

St. George slays the Dragon

St. George (as an Explorer) slaying the Dragon

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Saint of the Month – Isidore the Farmer  

SaintIsidoreFarmerIsidore was born in 1070 in Madrid, Spain.  He was named after St. Isidore of Seville.  His parents were poor, but very devout.  When Isidore was old enough to work, he hired himself out to wealthy land owner, where he worked for the rest of his life.  He married a young lady as humble and pious as himself, who also became a saint, Maria de la Cabeza.

On his holidays, Isidore was know to visit various churches around Madrid, making mini pilgrimages as he was able.  On work days, he would get up early and go to Mass every day before work.  Once, the other hands on the farm complained that he was spending too much time going to Mass and taking breaks for prayers.  When his master headed out to the chapel to reprimand Isidore for not working, he saw an angel in the field pushing Isidore’s plow.  At other times, when he was plowing, there would be an angel on either side of him plowing too, so that in the time he spent plowing, he got three times as much work done.  Even though he always put God first, his regular duties on the farm never went neglected.

Isidore was well known for his simple hearted kindness towards men and beasts.  Once when he was hauling a sack of corn to the mill to be ground up, he saw a flock of hungry birds pecking at the barren ground.  Moved with pity for them, he emptied half his sack of corn for them.  The other workers laughed at him, but when he got to the mill, his corn produced twice as much flour as expected!

Isidore also took great pity on those even less fortunate than himself.  He shared his meals with any poor man he met, and often brought hungry people back to his house.  There is a story that on one occasion he brought back an unusually large number of people.  The stew his wife made was not enough for everyone.    Isidore urged her to check again.  Maria scraped out the pot, and enough stew came out to fill the rest of the bowls.

St. Isidore teaches us that holiness is not only for those with exceptional careers, but also for those who lead ordinary lives.  He shows us how to love God by his piety, by tending to his duties with simplicity and straightforwardness, by the kindness he showed to his fellow men, and by his care for animals and all of God’s creation.

The feast of St. Isidore the Farmer is on May 15th.  He is the Patron saint of farmers, laborers, Madrid Spain, and the United States Bishop’s National Rural Conference among other things.

 

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Recent FNE News  

Since our last update (November 2013), three of our groups have been formally installed. First, our El Camino Real group in Oceanside, California was installed by our founder and general commissioner Paul Ritchi in February.

El Camino Real FNE Group - Installation and Promise Ceremony

Group Leader Matt Williamson makes his Explorer promise before General Commissioner Paul Ritchi

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Profile: Morning Star FNE Group in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  

Please read about our brothers and sisters in the Sooner State!

Group Leader: Bob Brown, morningstarfne(at)gmail(dot)com
Group Name: Morning Star FNE Group
Group Colors: Gold on Navy Blue
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Profile: Our Lady of the Annunciation Group in Charles Town, West Virginia  

Please read about our brothers in West Virginia!

Group Leader: Terry Schau, schauterry(at)gmail.com
Group Name: Our Lady of the Annunciation FNE Group
Group Colors: Royal Blue and Gold
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