LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — John Hogan conducted the annual retreat for the Franciscan Missionaries of Jesus Crucified (FMJC) at Siena College June 10-16. Sixteen FMJC members traveled to the retreat from around the country.
The FMJC was designed to increase accessibility for disabled persons, who have found it difficult to enter consecrated life in the Church, and to accept men and women who are disabled as well as able-bodied persons. It was founded in 1987 by Louise Principe, Reginald Reddy, and the late Mary McInerney, SIM, with the approval of Bishop Howard Hubbard of the Albany Diocese. Membership exists in several dioceses throughout the country and in the Philippines.
The FMJC is an Association of the Faithful as described in Canon Law and as recognized by the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. The FMJC follows the lifestyle of a Secular Institute and aspires to become a Secular Institute, according to Reginald, who has served as ecclesiastical assistant since its founding.
Also serving the FMJC are Bonnie Fagan, general minister, and Jim Nicholas, general minister for the men. Friars are welcome to recommend men or women, with or without a disability, who may be considering a vocation to the consecrated life in the world.
Friars who have conducted past FMJC retreats include Reginald as well as John Anglin, Justin Bailey, Giles Bello, Raphael Bonanno, Julian Davies, William DeBiase, Philip O’Shea, and Daniel Lanahan.
More information is available from Bonnie Fagan at 518-452-1696, or Jim Nicholas, 812-280-0867.