Our friars have two new friaries to celebrate.
St. Hyacinth Friary (Chicopee, MA) was formerly a Senior Friars Residence functioning as de familia and under the leadership of the Guaridan of the St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Friary. As of earlier this Spring, St. Hyacinth is now categorized as a friary with its own resident Guardian, with a separate friar in residence serving as Senior Friar Care Liaison. There are seven friars in residence there and six more who are de familia, while living in the nearby Our Lady of the Angels Care Center, under the watchful care of the Felician Sisters, in Enfield.
The second friary to celebrate is the brand new St. André Bessette Friary, in Ottawa, Ontario. This new Canadian friary will be the home of Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and Guardian, Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv., as well as friars from the Philippines, India and Romania. The erection of our third friary in Canada strengthens the presence of the friars in Canada, in accord with the wishes of the Minister General. There will be a dedication of this new “International” Friary in Ottawa, and the 2nd of our Province Masses Celebrating the Centenary of The Militia of the Immaculata (MI), held on August 22, 2017, at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish Church (Ottawa, Ontario). Our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. will be the principal celebrant and homilist of the 5:00 p.m. Mass. The Archbishop of Ottawa, Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J. will also preside. Following the Mass, the Archbishop will bless and dedicate the new friary in honor of St. André Bessette (Brother André).