Fr. Paul Osborne Dies in New Jersey

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A professed Franciscan friar for 63 years and a priest for 57, he spent six decades ministering in more than a dozen cities and towns in four countries on three continents, serving in education, formation, pastoral care and administration.

Welcoming Afghan Refugees in Virginia

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In mid-August, personnel on Marine Corp Base Quantico near Triangle, Virginia, were informed that the base would welcome 5,000 refugees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge. They were given three-days’ notice. Agencies in the area began racing against the clock to create temporary shelters and gather supplies for the arriving families.  John O’Connor, pastor of nearby St. Francis …

Fr. Ronald Gliatta celebrates Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, Florida, where he has served since 2020. (Photo courtesy of Sacred Heart Parish)

Province Welcomes Fr. Ron Gliatta as Official Member

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Holy Name Province has a new member – Ronald Gliatta, OFM, who has been a Franciscan friar for 48 years as a member of Immaculate Conception Province and who lives in Tampa, Florida, at Sacred Heart Friary. He had been a provisional member of Holy Name since 2019, when he began living with HNP friars – first in Butler, New Jersey, and now in Florida.

Br. Charles Gilmartin Dies in New Jersey

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Br. Charles Gilmartin, OFM, 91, a professed Franciscan friar for 69 years, died on Oct. 26 in Mountainside Hospital not far from where he had lived and worked most of his life. Funeral services are planned for Oct. 30 at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Butler, New Jersey. Visitation is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:30 a.m. Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM, will preside.

From left to right: Brs. Aaron Richardson and James Bernard, Frs. Joseph Rozansky, Kevin Mullen and Lawrence Hayes, and Br. Steven Kuehn. (Photo courtesy of Br. Octavio Duran)

James Bernard, Steven Kuehn, Aaron Richardson Profess Solemn Vows

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NEW YORK — Surrounded by more than 100 of their OFM brothers, three friars – Brothers James Bernard, OFM, Steven Kuehn, OFM, and Aaron Richardson, OFM – professed their solemn vows as Franciscans at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi this summer. Friars from around the country, as well as relatives and friends, gathered on Aug. 21 at the …

From left to right: Fr. Jim Gannon, Martin Thach Tran, John Paul Kashmer, Ricky Michael Madere, Tyler Grant Harris, Ivan Delgado Arevalo, and Jeremy Lorenz Mayeaux, and Br. Basil Valente. (Photo courtesy of Br. Basil)

New Postulants Begin Year with Welcome Ceremony, Orientation

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Autumn has begun with renewed energy for the US-6 interprovincial postulancy program. In August, six men from around the United States were officially received into the program and, in the weeks since, they have been getting acquainted with the geographic area while completing orientation and beginning their year of education and ministry.

Vianney Justin, 78, Dies in New Jersey

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Vianney Justin, OFM, 78, a professed Franciscan friar for 55 years, died on Aug. 19 at Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Funeral services are planned for St. Anthony’s Church in Butler, New Jersey, where visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 24. It will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM.

Tom Cole and Luis Rosado assist Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen at the dedication of the new elevator and stairwell at the Butler friary as Kevin McGoff observes from the background. (Photo courtesy of Paul Chelus)

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Recent updates include dedication of Butler friary, fire at home of friar’s New Hampshire home, stray bullet finding its way into a friar’s room in Buffalo, free haircuts given at St. Francis Inn, and articles featuring friars in NYC and New Jersey