Summer of Growth for the Greyfriars

Several of our friars of our Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody, known fondly as the Greyfriars

In Great Britain and Ireland, our friars of Our Lady of the Angels’ Custody of Blessed Agnellus of Pisa are known as the Greyfriars. Our Order’s first presence there began when St. Francis of Assisi sent them in 1224. During the English Reformation, our friars loyal to the Holy Father were forced to flee and did not return until the early 20th Century. Visit www.thegreyfriars.org to read more of the Latest News on our brothers serving in the Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody, under the jurisdiction of Our Lady of the Angels Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv.

Following a month-long Solemn Vow Pilgrimage in Assisi, Friar Colin Mary Edwards, OFM Conv. (front left), Friar Joe Fenton, OFM Conv. (center) and Friar Paul Francis Becka, OFM Conv. (front right) professed their Solemn Vows in the Capuchin Church in Oxford on the 2nd of August 2017, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels. The vows were received by the Custos, Friar Peter Damian Massengill, OFM Conv. (rear right), and among the many celebrating was Friar Miljenko Hontić, OFM Conv., Assistant General for the Central European Federation.

On the Sunday prior to our Solemn Vow celebration (July 30, 2017), in the Blackfriars Church (Dominican Priory of the Holy Spirit) in Oxford, Friar Gerard Mary Toman, OFM Conv. (front left) and Friar Benedict Abugu, OFM Conv. (front right) were ordained to the Transitional Deaconate at the hands of The Right Rev. Malcom McMahon, OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, along with three of their Dominican classmates.

Looking ahead, the three Novices-to-be are already in Assisi working on their Italian. Joseph David Freeman, (left), Osvaldo Lopez-Figueroa (center), and Kieran John Murphy (right) – the third Murphy in our Custody – will be invested into the Novitiate at the Sacred Convent in Assisi on the 9th of September 2017. Their postulant director, Friar Daniel Geary, OFM Conv. will be present for the investiture. Our Lady of the Angels Province Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. was able to visit with Joseph, Osvaldo and Kieran during his recent time with the friars on the Solemn Vow Pilgrimage.