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
As friars begin summer assignments and yearlong internships, five prepare for new Brothers Walking Together program
When he learned that his year-long pastoral internship assignment in preparation of solemn profession would be at St. Anthony Shrine, the New York native was eager to dive into the dynamic urban ministry and be part of a friary with a large fraternity of solemnly professed and ordained Holy Name Province friars.
More than 50 friars attended the ordination Mass of Juan De La Cruz Turcios and Javier Del Angel de Los Santos at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring
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.
The priestly ordination of two young friars caused John Heffernan to reflect on his own 30-plus years of vocation and changes in the Church during these three decades
Emma Henderschedt reflects on how her four years at Siena College and one year of service as an FVM have led to a lifetime of service woven by Franciscan values and traditions.
Br. Javier Del Angel De Los Santos and Br. Juan de la Cruz Turcios are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood at a May 29 Mass at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring. The liturgy will be celebrated by Cardinal Wilton Gregory, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Washington.
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 …
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.
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.
The Vocation Office of the US-6 provinces last month released four new brochures in English and Spanish to help men in their discernment of a Franciscan vocation – and word is that the publications are being well-received by friars and those interested in friar life.