Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans – May 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 three Franciscan sisters. Joachim Swarick, OFM, a member of Assumption BVM Province, died on March 26. He was 95 years old. A professed friar for 75 years – 67 as a priest – the native of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, spent …

The Order During the Pandemic

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

Life around the Order of Friars Minor and around the world has dramatically changed in the last two months as people and organizations guard against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The current issue of Fraternitas, the Order’s international newsletter, provides descriptions about how Franciscans are responding to the pandemic in creative ways, as well as overviews of new Franciscan …

Summer Franciscan Courses to Be Held Online

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

This year’s summer classes at the Franciscan School of Theology in San Diego, California, and at the Franciscan Institute in Western New York will be conducted virtually. Registration for all of the 2020 summer courses can be completed on the schools’ websites. Franciscan School of Theology The four courses being offered at FST at the University of San Diego explores …

Franciscan Mission Service Accepting Applicants

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Do you know someone with an interest in serving alongside the economically disadvantaged and socially marginalized, and who would like to grow spiritually by living simply among people in Latin America, the Caribbean or Washington, D.C.? Franciscan Mission Service, the 30-year-old nonprofit inspired by the Franciscan values of humility and accompaniment, is now accepting applicants. Those participating …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff recently learned of the passing of several Franciscan friars and four Franciscan sisters. Two members of St. Barbara Province have died – one in Mexico and one in California, where the province is headquartered. Ivo Toneck, OFM, died on February 29 at Casa Franciscana Mission in Guaymas, Sonora, Mexico. He was 92 years old. As a …

Minister General Writes on COVID-19 and Other News Around the Order

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The descriptions below summarize recent developments throughout the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found on the OFM website and by following the Order on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. As readers know, COVID-19 has struck especially hard in Italy and this has affected the amount of news coming out of the General Curia, which is located in Rome. …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has recently learned of the passing of a member of an English-speaking Conference province, as well as two Franciscan sisters. Venard (Alphonse) Kommer, OFM, a member of Sacred Heart Province, died on March 2 in Hinsdale, Illinois. He was 99 years old. The native of Germany entered the Order in 1940 and was ordained into the …

‘Laudato Si’’ Week Promoted by Curia

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The descriptions below summarize recent developments throughout the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found on the OFM website and by following the Order on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Information is also provided by the Curia in its monthly international newsletter, Fraternitas, which is produced in eight languages. This month’s issue includes articles on how young Franciscans are addressing global …

Meeting of Provincials and Other News from Curia

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The descriptions below summarize recent developments throughout the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found on the OFM website and by following the Order on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ► In a Jan. 27 letter to friars, Minister General Michael Perry, OFM, reported after his return to the General Curia in Rome that his health is vastly improving and that he used …

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Provincial Office staff has recently learned of the passing of five members of English-speaking Conference provinces, as well as three Franciscan sisters. Three of the deceased friars are members of St. John the Baptist Province. William Ollendick, OFM, died in Ohio on Dec. 20, 2019, at the age of 70. The Cincinnati native served in pastoral ministry throughout his …

Minister General Returns to Rome and Other News Around the Order

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The descriptions below summarize recent developments throughout the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found on the OFM website and by following the Order on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. ► “Today, we join with the entire created universe in singing a hymn of praise and thanksgiving for the wonderful life and mercy of God poured out in Christ Jesus” – …

Lithuanian Friars Commemorate 30 Years of Resumed Ministry

Patrick McCloskey, OFM Franciscan World

The friars of St. Casimir Province in Lithuania may be the most hospitable group of friars that I have ever met. How they got that way is a great story. Ten days after the Berlin Wall was opened on Nov. 9, 1989, friars of St. Casimir Province descended on their former friary in Kretinga, in northwest Lithuania, and celebrated a …