ESC Meeting, General Chapter Plans and Other News of the Order

Jim McIntosh, OFM Franciscan World

News from around Order of Friars Minor this month includes updates about the English-speaking Conference, the multicultural novitiate in Ireland, a friar whose canonization cause is progressing, and the new website of a college in Rome.

The friars stationed at Butler, N.J. Paul Osborne is in the upper left, second row from the top.

Retiree Paul Osborne Looks Back on Ministry in South America, Africa and the U.S.

Stephen Mangione Friar News, Home Page – News

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.

Parishioners Bid Farewell to Wilmington Friars with Parades, Virtual Party

Stephen Mangione Around the Province, Home Page – News

When three friars were scheduled to depart from parishes in downtown Wilmington, where the Province had announced earlier this year its intentions to withdraw from these ministry sites, the pandemic upended plans for a farewell Mass and catered banquet for Paul Williams, pastor of St. Joseph’s, and Rodolfo Ramón-Cabrera, pastor, and Paul Breslin, of St. Paul’s. But parishioners got creative when it was time to exchange goodbyes with the trio of friars.

Franciscan Store Launches Christmas Catalog

Stephen Mangione Around the Province, Home Page – News

With pandemic-driven e-commerce retail shopping expected to continue through the holiday season, the online Franciscan Store has launched a Christmas catalog that offers an extensive assortment of gifts and stocking-stuffers. Its products range from rosary beads, medals, bracelets, nativities, and other religious articles handcrafted in Assisi, Italy, to books, religious cards and other spiritual resources written and designed by Franciscan friars and nuns

Five Lay Missioners Officially Commissioned with FMS

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

Eight months of pandemic life may have modified activities of the Franciscan Mission Service to assure the safety of its volunteers and the people they serve, but the recent commissioning of five new lay missioners, and their training for international ministry, demonstrates that participants have not wavered in their enthusiasm or hit the pause button on their dedication to the program.

Participants in the October 2019 pilgrimage to Franciscan sites in Italy, in front of a church in Magliano where the group honored the first president of St. Bonaventure University, Fr. Pamfilo Pietrobattista da Magliano. The author is standing in the first row, third from right. (Photo courtesy of the author)

Franciscan Influences: Deepening Faith and Dealing with Loss

Kathy Colucci Features, Home Page – News

My friends the Franciscans, followers of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi, have had a powerful impact on me for 47 years, shaping the person I have become and deepening my faith. They have been there in good times, and even more so in tough times. Reflecting on how the friars and their values affect me has been especially meaningful during this month of remembrance.


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New assignments announced for Gregory Gebbia and Robert Sandoz