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.

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 …