Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has learned of the recent passing of members of two English-speaking Conference provinces, as well as several Franciscan sisters. Lambert Leykam, OFM, 91, of Sacred Heart Province, died on Aug. 10 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.   He entered the novitiate on Independence Day in 1949 on his 20th birthday, and a year and a day later professed his first …

A 2020 Snapshot of the Order of Friars Minor

Dominic Monti, OFM Franciscan World

We friars of Holy Name Province are certainly aware of change. The province that the majority of us joined back in the 1950s, 70s, or even 90s looks and feels vastly different in 2020.  The decisions our provincial leadership has made this year in the wake of the Fraternal Ecology Process have made clear that friars today are called to …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has learned of the recent passing of members of three English-speaking Conference provinces, along with several Franciscan sisters. Kenneth Capalbo, OFM, 72, a former provincial vicar of Sacred Heart Province, died on July 24 in Chicago, Illinois. A popular history professor at Quincy University in Illinois, he returned in 2005 to deliver the keynote address at the …

General Chapter Change and Other OFM News

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The August-September issue of Fraternitas, the Order’s international newsletter, features the fifth anniversary of the release of Laudato Si’; the naming of St. John the Baptist Province’s St. Anthony Messenger as the Catholic Press Association’s Magazine of the Year and Holy Land Review, a publication of the Holy Land Custody, as Magazine of the Year-Mission Magazines; new Franciscan books; the …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans – July 2020

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has learned of the recent passing of two members of English-speaking Conference provinces, as well as seven Franciscan sisters. David Typek, OFM, a member of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province, died on July 4 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was 94. The western Pennsylvania native served as a barber, gardener, sandal maker, and Franciscan Crown …

Anniversary of St. Anthony and Other News of Order

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The July issue of Fraternitas, the international newsletter of the Order of Friars Minor, features statements by provincial ministers in the United States – including Kevin Mullen, OFM – who have spoken out against systemic racism. The issue also contains an overview of friars around the world helping those in need during the pandemic and details about courses and events. …

General Chapter Status and Other News of Order

Jim McIntosh, OFM Franciscan World

The June issue of Fraternitas, the Order’s international newsletter, features an article describing how a large number of friars are producing videos on topics ranging from evangelization to exercise. It also provides overviews of new Franciscan books information about a course and on a topic important to Franciscans – the global campaign to help the environment. Additional information can be …

FI’s 30th Anniversary Booklet Tells Stories of Struggles, Achievements

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

For three decades, Franciscans International has been advocating globally for human rights through the United Nations. Last month, it released a 32-page anniversary booklet – published at the conclusion of FI’s year-long celebration of its 30th milestone – that summarizes the mission of the organization and describes its programs, pillars, and publications. “It is a privilege to introduce materials that …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans – June 2020 Update

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has recently learned of the passing of members of three English-speaking Conference provinces as well as several sisters. One had worked with Franciscan friars in Bolivia for many years. Bart Wolf, OFM, 77, a member of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, died on May 14 in Gallup, New Mexico, of the effects of COVID-19. Born in Slovenia, …