Benedict spent most of his religious life helping the marginalized in New York City, mainly through Create, Inc., an organization that he co-founded in the early 1970s.
NEW YORK – 2020 was a year that no one will forget. Few could have foreseen the changes that took place in March as parishes, schools and retreat centers closed their doors amid the rise of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Although in-person contact was limited, ministries quickly found new ways to serve their communities, from livestreamed Masses to …
After the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, the leaders of six OFM provinces in the United States – including Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM – sent the following letter to the members of their provinces. Friars and their partners-in-ministry at Franciscan ministry sites around the country pray for peace and unity during this turbulent phase in …
His youth, life experience, and Franciscan formation all came together for Robert (known as “Tito”) Serrano on the morning of Dec. 5, when he was ordained to the priesthood at the same church connected to his family and the high school he attended. His mother and sister, who work at St. Mary’s High School, had front-row seats at St. Mary’s Basilica at the Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix.
Stories continue to pour in about Christopher Posch, several months after the death of the beloved pastor of St. Camillus Parish. But the most touching of these tributes came from the fraternity of friars at St. Camillus when they established the Brother Christopher Posch Memorial Fund.
In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, 5.6 million households in the U.S. struggled to put food on the table. With tens of thousands of families turning to food banks for the first time ever, Franciscan outreach and service ministries across the country have been meeting the unprecedented demands – from Virginia, where St. Francis House has been distributing nearly 17 tons of food a week, to Pennsylvania, where St. Francis Inn soup kitchen provided baskets with complete Thanksgiving dinners to 140 families.
Men interested in Franciscan vocation had an opportunity to welcome Advent and talk and pray with a group of Holy Name Province friars during a “Come and See Vocation Retreat” that was held virtually earlier this month.
Although the pandemic forced it to suspend all programs and close its doors for several months to thousands of visitors, 2020, despite all its abnormalities and enormous challenges, has been a positive year for St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – the interfaith retreat facility established 15 years ago by Louis Canino, on 140 acres of forest preserve.
After reading about the killing on May 25 of George Floyd, Paul O’Keeffe felt compelled to take action. As he spoke with a black friend about racism and the Black Lives Matter protests, Paul asked, “What do you expect me to do as your friend?”
Although fighting fires sounded intriguing, as it might for most children, ironically it was a firehouse that turned out to be the training ground and introduction to Franciscan values long before Holy Name Province and religious vocation became a blip on the radar for Neil O’Connell.
Staff member of Raleigh parish – which friars maintained for 33+ years — describes how friars educate, inspire and enlighten and entertain
It was almost certain that Paul Osborne would follow the farming legacy that dated back to his great-grandfather. Every day after school, and on weekends, he labored on the family farm in Churchville, a rural village, population 750, in upstate New York’s Monroe County near Lake Ontario.
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