St. John the Baptist Province celebrated the 100th anniversary of the death of Anselm Weber who served as a missionary to the Navajo people from 1898 to 1921.

Myanmar Protests, Minister General’s Easter Letter, and Other News of Order

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The Fraternitas and Contact newsletters feature reaction to the crisis in Myanmar, migration trends in the Americas, postulants demonstrating against climate change, the Minister General’s Easter letter, concern about Good Friday donations during the pandemic, and the commemoration of a SJB Franciscan missionary to the Navajo people.

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

A friar who once got the attention of CBS journalist Mike Wallace, a friar beloved for his storytelling and homilies, a friar who didn’t let Crohn’s Disease derail his passion for teaching, and sisters who devoted their ministerial lives to teaching young people are among the Franciscan deaths being mourned this month.

On February 14th, 1421, Pope Martin V issued the papal bull “His quae pro ecclesiasticarum” which became the birth certificate of the Commissariats of the Holy Land. Six hundred years later, on February 14th, 2021, this anniversary was celebrated by the Custody of the Holy Land and the 67 Commissariats of the Holy Land. (Photo courtesy of

600 Years of the Holy Land Custody and Other News of the Order

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

In a letter to the friars from Michael Perry, OFM, on the one-year anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Minister General said, “It is difficult to verify exactly how many of our beloved friars have died as a result of complications from COVID-19, but the numbers are significant. We don’t know the full weight of collateral ‘damage,’ but it is my prayer that each of you has been able to take sufficient time to reflect.”

Booklet Released by Franciscans International and Franciscan Network on Migration

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

The Franciscans recently published the findings of research on exodus caravans migrating to the United States from Central America. In collaboration with the Franciscan Network on Migration, Franciscans International released research data in a booklet called “New Migration Dynamics in Northern Central America, Mexico and the United States – Central America Exodus Caravan, COVID-19 and Serious Human Rights Violations.”

Year of Protomartyrs Closes and Other News of the Order

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The February issue of Fraternitas, the Order’s international newsletter, features the conclusion of the celebration of the 800 years of the Protomartyrs and other current Franciscan topics of interest. The year-long commemoration of the 800th anniversary of the deaths of the Franciscan Protomartyrs began on Jan. 16, 2020 and ended on Jan. 17. Although the pandemic muted most of the planned activities, a handful of meetings and events took place. As the observance of the Protomartyrs came to a close, the centenary of St. Anthony’s arrival in Italy was just beginning.

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has learned of the passing of friars from six English-speaking Conference provinces, as well as several Franciscan sisters of communities connected to HNP.

Young friars in formation around the world participated in an online conference called “The Global OFM – ‘Laudato Si’.'”

Seeking Volunteers to Help Migrants and Other News of the Order

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

A summary of OFM news – ranging from the Ministers General Christmas message of hope, a life-changing volunteer opportunity with migrants and refugees, and a conference for friars in initial formation, to a friar’s unique road trip from Michigan to California and back in a VW bus, Mass at a historic holy site after 54 years now that landmines are cleared from the area, and an interreligious conference marking two consecutive years of eighth centenaries in Franciscan history.

ESC Meeting, General Chapter Plans and Other News of the Order

Jim McIntosh, OFM Franciscan World

News from around Order of Friars Minor this month includes updates about the English-speaking Conference, the multicultural novitiate in Ireland, a friar whose canonization cause is progressing, and the new website of a college in Rome.