Bishop Bartosic, Kevin Mullen, and Jay Woods. (Photo courtesy of Octavio Duran)

Jay Woods Ordained to Priesthood at Hartford Church

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Punctuated by centuries of sacred Franciscan tradition, glorious music, triumphant applause, and a safely-distanced crowd of friars, family members and friends, Jay Woods, OFM, was ordained to the priesthood in the rite of presbyteral ordination at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in downtown Hartford

The five U.S. friars who are approved to make their solemn vows this year are shown at their month-long retreat. Left to right: Henry Djojo of St. Barbara Province, Jim Bernard, Aaron Richardson, Joshua Critchley of Immaculate Conception Province, Steve Kuehn. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Kriso)

HNP Formation Program Announces Transitions

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As friars begin summer assignments and yearlong internships, five prepare for new Brothers Walking Together program

Putting Laudato Si’ into Practice

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The Church concluded the five-year anniversary celebration of the release of Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical – with the launch on May 25 of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development. This is an appropriate time to focus on the message and goals of the encyclical, and to implement them as Franciscans.

Franciscan Leaders Urge President Biden to Take Action for Peace in Holy Land

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Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, and five other leaders of provinces in the United States belonging to the Order of Friars Minor recently sent a letter to President Joe Biden imploring him to increase the United States’ efforts to end the violence in the Holy Land and address the causes of the conflict. Add your voice to this effort …

Virtual Jamboree Brings Together Friars in Formation

Mike Specht, OFM Friar News, Home Page – News

Postulants, novices, and student friars from across the country took time during April and early May to gather for a virtual inter-formation jamboree, an event formerly known as intersession. Although it was previously planned to be held in-person in Oceanside, California, during the last week of May, the event’s format needed to be revised because of pandemic restrictions and it turned out to be a success.

Carlos with a parishioner at Santa Ana. (Photo courtesy of Tony Wilson)

Carlos Sarmiento Marks 25 Years as a Professed Friar

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Long before thoughts of becoming a friar or Holy Name Province entered his consciousness, Carlos Sarmiento had a front-row seat to the Franciscan ideals of outreach to the needy and service among the people – when, as a child, he witnessed his mother’s participation in their parish’s Neocatechumenal Way, a Christian formation program that brings the presence of the Church to impoverished communities.