“Podcasts” Page Updated  

Please see our updated “Podcasts” page, which now includes FNE President Christopher Hasson’s radio interview with Brother Andre Marie, MICM.

Profile: Our Lady of Mount Carmel FNE, Colorado  

Please read about our brothers and sisters in the Rocky Mountains!

Group Leader: Nicholas Trandem, info(at)olmcexplorers(dot)org
Group Name: Our Lady of Mount Carmel FNE Group
Patroness: Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Group Colors: Navy Blue and Silver
Web Site: www.olmcexplorers.org

Our Lady of Mount Carmel FNE Group - Colorado

Our Lady of Mount Carmel FNE Group – Colorado

Our Lady of Mount Carmel:
We chose Our Lady of Mount Carmel because our home parish is Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Littleton, Colorado. We have witnessed her strong and miraculous intercession in the herculean effort of building our new parish church, and we place ourselves under her protection.

Navy Blue and Silver:
We gave the boys freedom to suggest colors for the group, and the two finalists were Marian colors — brown and gold for Our Lady of Mount Carmel, and navy blue and silver for Our Lady in general. Our boys have a great love of Our Lady — one of the first decisions of their chiefs two years ago away to pray the Holy Rosary at the first troop meeting every month!

Q. What sections will you be offering on start-up?
We will have a full complement of sections — Timber Wolves, Explorers, Wayfarers, and Otters — for the boys, and we expect to start very soon with at least one section — an Explorer company — for the girls.

The boys’ Explorer Troop will start with two patrols, the Coyote Patrol, whose patron is Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati; and the Mountain Lion Patrol, whose patron is St. Louis IX, King of France.

Q. How did you hear about FNE and why did you choose to join?
I have had an abiding interest in Lord Baden-Powell’s educational method and its implementation in a Catholic context, and I’ve known about FSE and FNE for several years. Father Jackson, our pastor, has been to the Chartres pilgrimage four times, and each time he has been very impressed by the FSE youth participating in the pilgrimage. We were looking for a solid, established Catholic program for the youth of our parish and beyond (our group includes families from 10+ parishes of the Archdiocese of Denver and the local Byzantine Catholic parish). FNE and FSE have a proven track record of forming good Catholics through traditional methods, and have the materials and support to enable our leaders to bring that program to our youth. We’re very excited to be part of such an awesome organization!

The Explorer Vol. 3 – Lent 2016  

Please enjoy the latest edition of our newsletter! This issue includes articles on:

  • Lenten Penance
  • How the Explorer Law leads to holiness
  • Scouting – is it Catholic?
  • Advice for Akelas

The Explorer Vol. 3 – Lent 2016

Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours!  

On behalf of our Timber Wolves, Explorers, Otters, and leaders, the Federation of North-American Explorers would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Many blessings as this Year of Our Lord 2015 comes to a close.

Federation of North-American Explorers - Christmas card

Advent Letter from Our National Religious Adviser  

Dear Brothers and Sisters!

I hope that you had a beautiful summer and fall! My experience was very good! I spent my vacation first doing mission two by two proclaming the Gospel visiting the parishes and the people in Jackson, Mississippi. This was amazing to see good God is to me, a sinner, and how He provided everything, preparing the way for us!

Then I visited my family in Poland and also I had opportunity to spend four days with my former Girls’ Explorer Company at summer camp (they were there 2 weeks!).

And now I am back again! So let’s talk a little bit about a new season that we’ve just started….
In couple of days we will enter into Advent, and we will start a new liturgical year. It is always good opportunity to rethink our deeds and our plans.

We will hear in these days many words about John the Baptist, who will call us to conversion. Many times we think: well, maybe this is for those who do not believe in Christ, or maybe it is for those who are not in the Catholic Church. But the fact is that this is necessary for us all. Because many times we have been far away from the Lord! And many times we’ve been walking in the wrong direction! Let every valley be filled in! Every mountain and hill be leveled, winding ways be straightened, and rough roads made smooth!

But how can I do it? What the steps must I choose to come back to the Lord? Let me give this example.
I am in Riverhead, NY. In my town is the last exit on I-495. On the other side of this expressway heading west is New York City. My friend lives in Amityville, exit 48 on this expressway. So if he want to visit me, on I-495 he must make a right turn, heading east. But what’s happened if he will make a left turn? He will never reach Riverhead to enjoy the beautiful green fields, vineyards, pumpkin gardens and Peconic Bay Beaches, but after while he will enter to huge traffic, breathing with smog in The Big Apple. So what he must do? First he must recognize, that he is going in the wrong direction! And this is very important. Without this, is impossible to do the next step. Then he must regret, that he did that wrong turn, make decision, that he want to go back, choose the closest exit to make U-turn (because you can’t do it on the expressway!), and then he must travel a little bit longer, to “redeem” the miles that he spent going to wrong direction!

And the same thing has happened in our life. First we must realize that we made mistakes. That we sinned. And just like on the highway we can use GPS or a Map and compass (maybe not in the car, but on our hiking trip for example on PCT or the Appalachian Trail) in our life we have 10 commandments, 7 capital sins, the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5-7). God, with His word shows us the directions! Then we must do our Examination of Conscience, and be truly sorry for our sins, resolving never to do it again, go to confession, and then make a penance. it means right the wrong things in the past.

1512619_746626588697986_1990232131_nIt is always very good to start Advent with the penance liturgy, where you can really see, how God is Merciful, and He never holds back His forgiveness! And through this we can prepare our road for Jesus who will come to us on Christmas Day! Advent is indeed the preparation for Jesus’ Birthday! I think that Christmas is the biggest Family feast in the whole year (at least is in Poland). When we can sit together, eat a beautiful dinner, receive gifts, sing carols together, etc. But unfortunately, there are many people who don’t have this. So maybe it will be a good idea to prepare some gifts for those who might be lonely, abandoned, sick, or in nursing homes. Maybe it will be a good moment to visit them? To share some love and joy that we received from Baby Jesus with them too? Let’s talk about it with your leaders and chaplains. For sure they will know, how you can help others.

I wish you a beautiful time, Beautiful experience, and beautiful adventure with Jesus Christ in this days, and in whole year!

Semper Parati
Fr. Piotr “Panther” Narkiewicz

Advent - The Three Wise Men Decry the Star of Bethlehem

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