During this summer, Our Lady of the Angels Province student friars served in several different ministries throughout our province. St. Paul Parish (Kensington CT) is one of our pastoral ministries and was the summer home of friar Franck Lino Sokpolie, OFM Conv. At the beginning of his summer assignment, the parish created a short video introduction for friar Franck that included a conversation with some of the parish school’s 8th grade students.
Now that his summer assignment is coming to an end, he shared with us a reflection:
“Pace e bene”
“I am ending my summer assignment here at St. Paul Parish by visiting some of the ‘Giants’ of the Order. I asked Fr. Raymond Borkowski, OFM Conv. if he could take me to Enflield CT, so that I could visit our friars. It was an amazing experience. I was able to meet and talk to all the friars in residence. With a big smile Fr. Lucjan Krolikowski, OFM Conv.* said to me, ‘next year I will be 99 and I plan to make it to my 100 birthday.’ As I leaned over to give him a hug, he grabbed my hands and gave me a blessing (in Latin). His Latin is still sharp as a tack. It is a blessing to have so many wonderful ‘Giants’ in the Franciscan Order, and by giants I am referring to a quote by Sir Isaac Newton who said, ‘If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.'”
With every good wish;
And a gratefully heart,
Your Brother Franck Lino S. OFM Conv
Keep me in your Prayers
*Friar Lucjan is the oldest friar of our province.
His 1st Profession was in 1939 – a week before his 20th birthday.
His Solemn Profession was in 1945.
In 2016, he celebrated his 70th Jubilee of his Ordination to the Priesthood.
Our province has eight senior friars living in a care facility in Enfield, run by the Felician Sisters.