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.

Five Lay Missioners Officially Commissioned with FMS

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

Eight months of pandemic life may have modified activities of the Franciscan Mission Service to assure the safety of its volunteers and the people they serve, but the recent commissioning of five new lay missioners, and their training for international ministry, demonstrates that participants have not wavered in their enthusiasm or hit the pause button on their dedication to the program.

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 …