Fostering Vocations

Our Lady of the Angels Province friars: Fr. John Koziol, OFM Conv., Friar Maximilian Avila Pacheco, OFM Conv., friar Franck Lino Sokpolie, OFM Conv., and Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.

Several Our Lady of the Angels Province friars attending the Archdiocese of Atlanta 2017 Eucharistic Congress, June 16-17, 2017, took the opportunity to promote vocations. On hand were our Province Vocation Director ~ Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv., Pastor of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church ~ Fr. John Koziol, OFM Conv., Post Novitiate Student ~ friar Franck Lino Sokpolie, OFM Conv. and “soon to be Deacon” ~ Friar Maximilian Avila Pacheco, OFM Conv.
On Sunday, June 25, 2017, our friars will gather to celebrate the Deaconate Ordination of Friar Maximilian Avila Pacheco, OFM Conv. and Friar Emanuel Vasconcelos, OFM Conv., at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD.
Please keep praying for vocations to our province, as you keep all of our friars in your prayers.

Friar Max and friar Franck manning the booth

 

friar Franck and Fr. John mingling and speaking with attendees

 

Many other Our Lady of the Angels Province friars were in attendance, as well. One of the June 17, 2017 11:00 am – 4:00 pm Spanish Track Speakers, was Fr. Calixto Salvatierra Moreno, OFM Conv.  (pictured below with our province Definitors, during a visit with his Provincial Custos, to our Provincial House), a Bolivian friar who moved to the United States in 2016 and served with our province friars, at Holy Cross Church, Atlanta. He currently serves with our province friars at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Fr. Ronald Armijo, OFM Conv. (5th from left), Provincial Custos of the Custody of St. Francis in Bolivia, visited our province at our friaries in Winston-Salem, NC; Ellicott City, MD; and Brooklyn, NY. He was accompanied by Bolivian friar, Fr. Calixto Salvatierra Moreno, OFM Conv. (4th from left) who ministers through our friary and parish in Winston-Salem. Friar Ronald spent May 31 – June 5, 2017 with our friars in Ellicott City where he was able to meet our Province Definitory.