Vocation Cornet

In order to foster vocations, our friars have instituted a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries, with plans to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories.

Vocation Story ~ Friar Donald Grzymski, OFM Conv.
My vocation was discovered as a high school student at Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, and now 50 years later, I’m in my fourth assignment at Curley, and my cumulative 21st year as a teacher and administrator at the school. Surely it is not the norm to keep returning to the same place, but it does give a unique perspective, and the ability to know many people over decades. It has been a blessing.
Those we serve in ministry, wherever I have been, are really good people, and care about us as both individuals and as a community. Many years of my ministry have been around young people, and it’s rewarding to see them searching for the good, and for God. The media seems to report so much sad news, but in ministry we also see so much good news.
Surely the brotherhood we promote at Curley (the school uses the phrase “where brotherhood begins,” and the message of brotherhood is regularly spoken of by the students) reflects the brotherhood of the friars, for we friars do care for one another, support one another and share our lives, our struggles and our joys. People do appreciate the message of the Good News and receiving it with a Franciscan spirit. When we can discover and follow our vocation the Lord helps us along the way, and our brothers do as well.

If you are interested in Franciscan Life, visit our Vocations page for more information information including how to contact Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv., our Province Vocation Director.

Vocation Corner

In order to foster vocations, our friars have instituted a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries, with plans to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories.

Vocation Story ~ Friar Dennis Mason, OFM Conv.
Just as I was ready for high school the Friars came to my home town and opened a school where I and some friends enrolled. The Friars challenged us to be our best and were compassionate when we struggled. The thought of a vocation from my earlier years was re-awakened and I entered the Order after graduation. That was fifty years ago. As in anyone’s life, there have been difficult times, but never any regrets. Prayer, acceptance and support, shared among the Friars and among the people we serve, have been cornerstones of life and ministry for me. Years ago, I sensed God’s call and still sense it today. So, I keep listening and keep giving thanks for the Franciscan life God gives me.

If you are interested in Franciscan Life, visit our Vocations page for more information information including how to contact Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv., our Province Vocation Director.

Vocation Corner

In order to foster vocations, our friars have instituted a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries, with plans to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories.

Vocation Story ~ Friar Reto Davatz, OFM Conv.
I was 22 when I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology, at which point I decided to pursue a Master’s in philosophy at a Dominican-run school in Ottawa, Canada. I was active in the spiritual life there, even as I digested the works of Aristotle and St. Thomas Aquinas. I was a border there and in my room, before falling asleep, the image of my celebrating Mass would sometimes come to mind, and I happily entertained those thoughts. Taking my cue from a favorite saint of mine at the time, St. André of Montreal – I had a great esteem for the Catholic priesthood and religious life as I understood it then. As for my enjoying the thought of me being a priest, holding up the host at the altar at Mass, I thought this a mere personal imagining of no real significance or potential consequence.
One day I mentioned these day-dreams (or were they pray-dreams?) in passing to one of the students living at the college whom I had known to have himself contemplated a vocation. He said to me that sometimes God speaks through our hearts in that way. I guess I decided that he might have a point even though, at the time, it seemed hard to believe, but I went with it and chose to periodically pray in the chapel specifically to know God’s will in this area. After a certain amount of time had passed, I one day spontaneously, began thinking about the great distinction of diocesan versus religious or consecrated life. Is there one that I would favor, even just off the cuff? Yes, came the thought (or the inspiration?), the family type set-up of religious life seemed to make more sense for me at some fundamental level.
Then, down the line, I arrived at another such point where the question seemed an even more difficult one to my mind. If it were my call to live in a religious community, which one would I pick? But God was to pick it and I was to discover its fit. And so, it was that the Franciscan Order that somehow sparked something after I had gone down a short list in my head of major religious orders. In doing so I had thought that I might start by ruling some of the bigger orders out until I got to that one, barely remembered name of an obscure order/congregation where probably intended me to go. I stopped, however, after going through only a few names and got ‘stuck’ on the name Franciscans. Then, as I subsequently read up on St. Francis of Assisi and the order he founded, of which I knew next to nothing I found, I quickly realized that what I was reading seemed to fit me to a T (or should I say- a Tau?). I found a match and was ready to take this as a clear indication of something which I might have to take some sort of action.
And so, I pledged in my mind and to God that if I saw a vocation add posted somewhere, I would make the call. I was enthusiastic all along and more and more I believed that this was truly a dream come true: God’s dream for me would be the greatest dream ever. Some weeks later, I saw a poster on a bulletin board in the church attached to the college where I studied. The poster advertised a weekend vocation retreat and invited young men who might feel a call to this life to visit the Conventual Franciscan Friars in Toronto.
It was actually the moment after stepping off the bus, after my return from the come-and-see weekend, that I got the loudest and clearest signal from God. It became clear in my head, heart and spirit that I had found my home and my family forever. For the next few days there were feelings of peace, of joy and of knowing I had just met my future brothers.
This last element had always been important to me. I had missed not having brothers as an only child. I had friends and parents who would talk to me when I was growing up but my brothers I was only to find years later-in religious life. Although, as far as I can remember, I did not have an explicit attraction to priesthood as a young child, I remember asking for a sibling very early on.
My vocation director would visit me periodically as I completed my degree. There was always great excitement for me in seeing him and anticipating the day that I would actually set foot in the friary where I would spend my two years of candidacy (now called postulancy and lasting one full year). My parents were to leave me there, 10 hours from home and in a new country (the U.S.) but that sense of the rightness of my choice stayed with me and never left. I loved the life and grew a lot in the challenging environment of fraternity and initial formation that were to be the next 8 years of my life.

If you are interested in Franciscan Life,
please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.:
vocations@olaprovince.org.,
www.franciscans.org,
@conventuals1223,
or call 718- 510-5822.

Vocation Corner

In order to foster vocations, our friars have instituted a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries, with plans to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories.

Vocation Story ~ Friar Matthew Foley, OFM Conv.
My name is Friar Matt Foley and I’m the new Director of Campus Ministry at St. Francis High School in Hamburg, NY. I am originally from the Boston area and I come from a large Irish Catholic family. I am the second of seven children. My parents worked hard to provide us with a Catholic education. When I was in high school, I figured out that I was going to go to college in Washington DC, study politics, and attend law school.
I attended the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Washington, DC and it was there that I met the Franciscan friar who served in the Campus Ministry Office. He encouraged me in my discipleship and to pray more. I started to attend daily Mass and adoration. His goal for me was holiness, not to be a priest or a friar, or a husband and father, but instead to figure out what God wanted me to do and then do it to the best of my ability.
I started to meet more of the friars and they impressed me. They were men who loved God and those who they served. I was even more impressed seeing them in community: praying together, ministering together, even teasing each other. I felt that it was with these men that God was calling me to minister to his people.
I graduated from CUA and I started in our formation program. Each year has brought new blessings and challenges. I have learned a lot about God, the Church and myself. There have been numerous opportunities that I would not have experienced were I not a friar. I have been blessed to work with young people, teaching them and preparing them for the sacraments, working with the poor in the United States and Honduras, being immersed in the Hispanic culture and Bolivian church and the Franciscan family. I worked with the sick and dying at hospice and as a hospital chaplain. I have received a fantastic theological education, which has deepened my relationship with God and how I pray. Each of these moments, I have been blessed to share with my brothers. They are and continue to be there to pray with me, laugh with/at me, or they are there when I need an ear to listen.
All these experiences have made me the friar I am today: for better or worse! I am grateful to God for his goodness to me by giving me brothers.

If you are interested in Franciscan Life,
please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.:
vocations@olaprovince.org.,
www.franciscans.org,
@conventuals1223,
or call 718- 510-5822.

Vocation Corner

In order to foster vocations, our friars have instituted a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries, with plans to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories.

Vocation Story ~ Friar Alex Cymerman, OFM Conv.
[There were no Vocation Directors, no “Come and See” visits and a limited number of printed things one could call, “Franciscan Spirituality.” If you wanted to see Franciscan life lived, it would have to be in the Franciscans who lived among us. We saw it in our parish priests, in the Franciscan Sisters who taught us in school, and even in some of our Grandparents who were Third Order Franciscans. If they weren’t saints, they were works in progress.]
When I saw my pastor about going to Maryknoll to be a missionary to China, he told me that what I really wanted was to be a Franciscan and go to our new mission in Japan. I said, “no, no, no.” He said, “yes, yes, yes,” and gave me a partial scholarship to St. Francis High School. What was my option?
It was a boarding school where we saw Franciscan life lived by our teacher-priests and brothers. They were in our classrooms, they celebrated our daily Mass, heard our confessions, coached our teams, cheered us up when we were homesick, and gave us a kick when that was in order. There were work projects around the school, directed by the Friars, in which we helped. They were ordinary men doing extraordinary things. It was good to be with them. And there was that huge stained glass window in the chapel showing St. Francis receiving the Stigmata. It was the first thing we saw each morning and the last thing we saw at night. After graduation, 12 of our class of 36 joined the friars.
Our directors continued the tradition of educating us by good example and wise direction. Somehow, St. Francis became so real to us, as did his values, and his determination to rebuild the Church according to the wishes of Jesus Christ. We were told to always seek out a priest or brother who was an inspiration in a life of prayer, in wisdom, apostolic zeal, and in carrying the daily crosses which mark a disciple of Jesus. Doing that throughout our Franciscan life was a form of continuing formation. It was always a gift to find those virtues in our fellow-students, our formators and teachers, and in the “retired” Friars who lived among us.
I was fortunate in my ministries to follow Friars who were prayerful and zealous. I always thought it my task to come into a parish and make saints of the people. What I learned was that when I got to a parish, the saints were already there, thanks to the ministry of my predecessors.
As I look back on my sixty-two years of Franciscan life, I can say that it wasn’t always easy, but it was always good. The Province invited me to work in the ministry of the education of our youth, Formation, and parishes, too. Now, in retirement, I have the privilege of living at our Novitiate, seeing a new generation of Friars striving to continue and renew what my generation began. Thankfully, I have a place to live and a reason to live.
Everything that I have is because of my life in the Order. I am so grateful for that.

“I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart,
and glorify your name for ever;
for your love to me has been great.” (Psalm 86)

If you are interested in Franciscan Life,
please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.:
vocations@olaprovince.org.,
www.franciscans.org,
@conventuals1223,
or call 718- 510-5822.

Vocation Corner

In order to foster vocations, our friars have instituted a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries, with plans to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories.

Vocation Story ~ Friar Julian Zambanini, OFM Conv.
When people ask me about myself, I generally begin by telling them I was born in Brooklyn! But I guess I started thinking about my vocation when I was in 7th grade, when our class was given the assignment to write a paragraph on what we would like to be, with a picture of that occupation. I wrote I wanted to be a, “teaching religious brother.” All I remember was a bit of pleased surprise on the part of the Court Street Franciscan, Sr. Casilda, and my parents. “Of course, he’s only 12 and still may change his mind.” And they were right.
At the end of 8th grade, I was offered the opportunity to go to St. Francis Seminary, Staten Island, for 4 years of high school. But fortunately, I received a scholarship to attend a local Catholic High School, V.I. (Vincentian Institute) in Albany NY, a co-educational — boys and girls the same building but separately taught by the Holy Cross Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy. It was the perfect excuse for not going to the seminary at 13 years old and one of the best decisions I have made. I had a great 4 years: the teachers, my friends, the football and basketball games, the dances … in the Marching Band and 2 Dance Bands …. All this time I stayed in contact with Conventual Franciscan Friars at my parish and at the end, although I still was looking to be a, “teaching brother,” I decided to go to St. Francis Seminary for 2 years of college. I remember my father saying, “If you like it stay, if you don’t think it’s for you, come home!” I have never regretted staying even though with the grace of God I gradually came to realize that the Lord was calling me to be a Franciscan, a Priest, and a teacher.
And the rest is history: a year of novitiate, taking my first vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience, 2 years of Philosophy, making my Solemn Profession, 4 years of Theology at St. Anthony-on-Hudson, Rensselaer, NY … and Ordination in May 1965.
After Ordination, I was sent to make use of my M.A. in Classical Languages to teach Latin (my students would sing to me: “What is a nice guy like you doing, teaching Latin?”)! Religion and Journalism at Canevin High School (now called Bishop Canevin High School) in Pittsburgh, PA. Some of my time there was dedicated to being a Guidance Counselor, Newspaper Moderator, Lighting Technician for school musicals, Vice Principal for Curriculum, and Head Master while involved in the Province as President of the Formation Commission.
After 13 years in High School work, I was asked to pursue one of my first loves … to study Sacred Scripture and to be able to dig more deeply into the Word of God and St. Francis of Assisi’s experience of the Crucified Christ.
This began a new chapter in my life as a Conventual Franciscan Friar: studying at the Biblicum in Rome, working with our seminarians at the Seraphicum, being elected to General Central government of the Order as Assistant General for Formation and visiting the Seminaries of the Order in Western and Eastern Europe, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Central America, and U.S. During this time, I have met and lived with friars from all over the world at our International Seminary, who are now Teachers, Pastors, Missionaries, some Ministers Provincials, one Minister General and some Bishops. During my 37 years in Rome and Assisi, I came to appreciate different cultures, the differences in the Church, the dedication and love of men and women who gave their lives to help the poor and disadvantaged all over the world, some of them even being considered or already declared canonized Saints.
I certainly have learned a great deal in all these years … about myself, the Lord’s great love and his plan for each one of us, even though at one point when recognized that I would have to spend years in Italy, I finally said to myself, “Up to now you have followed your own will, now you have to do God’s will!” And thanks to my mother, father, family, friends, spiritual guides and to our Lord, his Blessed Mother and St. Francis of Assisi, I am still happy, after coming full circle and returning to the Friary I left almost 40 years ago. May the Lord guide you in your life decisions. Begin your journey by greeting all, the way St. Francis greeted everyone: May the Lord give you peace!

If you are interested in Franciscan Life,
please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.:
vocations@olaprovince.org.,
www.franciscans.org,
@conventuals1223,
or call 718- 510-5822.

Vocation Corner

Presently, we have eleven men in various stages of active discernment for our Province.  Please pray for them as they continue to listen to God’s voice in their hearts.  They are good men who want to follow Jesus, according to His will.
In order to foster vocations, our friars are planning to institute a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries. Our friars plan to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories. Here, we present the Vocation Story of the Director of Campus Ministry at the Duke Catholic Center, Fr. Mike Martin, OFM Conv.:

Vocation Story ~ Friar Michael Martin, OFM Conv.
I was a regular teenager from a good Catholic family who went to school, had a part-time job and dated a girl who was really sweet. I had my future plans in mind, and life was good. My pastor was a good man who taught me how to pray and was passionate about Jesus. I met the Franciscan Friars Conventual at my high school which they administered, and they made a definite impact on me. They taught me about the Catholic faith and encouraged me to love Jesus and others – especially the marginalized. I was impressed by their common life, their service and their spirit, but I had plans of my own, even though there were times that I thought I might find that way of life compelling. My life wasn’t perfect, but it was good.
I had been told by people in the past that I would make a good priest or Franciscan, but I think I simply shrugged it off. Not that I thought that I couldn’t, but rather, I had other plans of my own. My senior year in High School, Fr. Marty Kobos, OFM Conv. asked me to meet with the Vocation Director of the Franciscans, and after a brief push back I acquiesced, given that at least I would be getting out of class. The meeting ended with me giving a gentle “Thanks, but No Thanks.” As time went on, I found myself having to work harder and harder to keep from thinking the thought of possibly being a Franciscan priest. The thought scared me, so better to just not think it. The longer I fought it, the more I realized that maybe it was worth at least considering. Not that there was some flash of lightning, nor some deep loud voice from heaven, but when I permitted myself to seriously consider the possibility of being a Franciscan priest, in the freedom to be open to it, I found a peace to embrace it.
I was uncertain what others would say or even if I would make it through the formation process. But I knew one thing for certain – I needed to try and I needed to try it right then. I knew if I waited any longer, I would be taken up with my other plans and this call would be slowly, but really quieted. There was grace in that realization! And while there have been difficult times over the 39 years since I made that decision, I have never regretted saying YES! I believe that I could have enjoyed being a husband and a father and could have excelled in business and led a fruitful and holy life. But I am certain that the path that the Holy Spirit has led me on as a Franciscan Friars Conventual priest has been and will continue to be the road for which I am on this earth. I was in no way as certain of that when I said yes to it many years ago – it wasn’t that clear. However, it has been in the saying yes to it daily that has brought clarity, purpose, and peace to my life in diverse spiritual, fraternal, and ministerial situations ever since. May God continue to give me the courage and wisdom to say yes today and for as many tomorrows as I am gifted.

If you are interested in Franciscan Life,
please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.:
vocations@olaprovince.org.,
www.franciscans.org,
@conventuals1223,
or call 718- 510-5822.

Vocation Corner

Presently, we have eleven men in various stages of active discernment for our Province.  Please pray for them as they continue to listen to God’s voice in their hearts.  They are good men who want to follow Jesus, according to His will.
In order to foster vocations, our friars are planning to institute a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries. Our friars plan to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories. Here, we present the Vocation Story of one of our Parochial Vicars serving in an Archdiocese of Baltimore, three parish Pastorate – Fr. John Ruffo, OFM Conv.:

Vocation Story ~ Friar John Ruffo, OFM Conv.
It was early in grammar school when I was first attracted to the priesthood. I’m not really sure why. I guess I felt that our parish priest was special and “Wouldn’t it be cool to be like him?”.
One year, at a “vocational day” at our school, representatives from various walks of life came to speak to the 7th and 8th grade students: one singing the praises of the Army, another the rewards of a career in medicine, another the benefits of higher education, and so on. The priest who spoke to us that day happened to be a Franciscan Friar Conventual, and like every curious child I picked up all the free literature Father offered to us.
Sometime later, I read through the information I’d collected that “vocational day” and noticed that most of the brochures had contact information. Prompted by curiosity (or was it the Holy ?) I wrote to the Conventuals expressing my interest in the friars.
At first I didn’t understand all the difference between Religious Orders and the many different kinds of priests and Religious. When I finally had to ask my own Diocesan pastor’s permission to enter the seminary, he pointed out very quickly that the local Diocese needed priests too!
Thankful for my pastor’s signature, I entered the Franciscan Friars Conventual minor seminary in September of 1961, at the ripe old age of 14.
When did I decide to actually become a Franciscan friar? It’s difficult to pinpoint one particular day or event. The day I made vows, 50 years ago now, or was ordained a priest, 44 years ago now, were certainly grace-filled moments reflective of my ongoing commitment to St. Francis’ way of life. I see my vocation more as a process I live, a decision reaffirmed every day, rather than as a particular ceremony that gives public testimony to that evolving commitment.
In my years as a friar I’ve ministered in two countries, five states, and seven dioceses. I’ve enjoyed parish ministry, campus ministry, Franciscan formation ministry, and a stint as vocation director in Canada. I’ve always believed that I am where I am because God wants me to be there, according to His plan. I continue to enjoy living and ministering in community with my Franciscan brothers.
Being a Franciscan Friar Conventual is a blessed calling. As I said ‘yes’ to Christ’s invitation to follow Him in the footsteps of St. Francis of Assisi in my own personal past, with His grace I’ll continue to do so in my future. Then, as I come nearer the end of my life I’ll still be able to learn what my vocation means and become new again, even as I grow old.

If you are interested in Franciscan Life,
please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.:
vocations@olaprovince.org.,
www.franciscans.org,
@conventuals1223,
or call 718- 510-5822.

National Vocation Awareness Week

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) will be celebrated by the Catholic Church in the USA (as well as several Canadian Dioceses) during the week of November 4-10, 2018.  We friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province ask the faithful to include in your intentions, prayers for in increase in men being called to serve God as friar brothers and friar priests, as members of our Order of Franciscan Friars Conventual (OFM Conv.). May these men be inspired by Our Lord Jesus Christ, while benefiting from the support of our faith communities and their families, to respond generously to God’s gift of a VOCATION.
This annual week-long celebration promotes prayer, education, inspiration, example and aid to families supporting those in vocation discernment. This organized effort first began in 1976, when the USCCB designated the 28th Sunday of the year as National Vocation Awareness Week. This celebration was moved in 1997 to coincide with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, traditionally falling on January 13th or on the 1st Sunday following the Feast of the Epiphany. Since 2014, it has been celebrated the first full week of November, making this year: November 4-10, 2018.

From the NVAW Prayer Resource:
Prayer to Saint Junípero Serra 
y Ferrer, O.F.M.
O sincere and humble Saint Junípero Serra,
we ask for your intercession
that those called to serve our Lord
through priestly and religious vocations
might do so with the same
obedience, zeal, and humility
you exhibited as a priest,
brother, teacher, and spiritual father.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.

Our friars have been sharing with you their own vocation stories through a series of News Posts. In order to foster vocations, our friars have also instituted this “Vocation Corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries. In the next months, be sure to check back on our website to read even more Vocation Stories.

Vocation Story ~ Friar Russell
Vocation Story ~ Friar Jim
Vocation Story ~ Friar John
Vocation Story ~ Friar Mike
Vocation Story ~ Friar Julian
Vocation Story ~ Friar Alex
Vocation Story ~ Friar Matt
Vocation Story ~ Friar Reto

Vocation Corner

Presently, we have eleven men in various stages of active discernment for our Province.  Please pray for them as they continue to listen to God’s voice in their hearts.  They are good men who want to follow Jesus, according to His will.
In order to foster vocations, our friars are planning to institute a “vocation corner” in the bulletins of our parishes, schools and other ministries. Our friars plan to fill those “corners” with personal vocation stories. Here, we present the Vocation Story of the Vocation Story of our Senior Friars Director in Seaside Park, NJ – Br. Jim Moore, OFM Conv.:

Vocation Story ~ Friar Jim Moore, OFM Conv.
Fifty years ago this September 5th, God blessed me with a special gift of vocation: Religious Brotherhood. It was on that day in 1968 that I entered the Franciscan Friars Conventual to begin my life as a Religious Brother. My ‘call’ first came to me as a member of a wonderful Irish-Italian family in Syracuse, NY where I was a ‘brother’ to my four siblings! Along with my parents, they were the first to teach me about the joys and struggles of ‘brotherhood’ and community/family living. At the same time, I also credit my elementary and secondary school teachers, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet. These Religious women were wonderful role models and witnesses of ‘community living’ and ministry. I believe it was this call to community that drew me to the life of St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscan community.
As a Religious Brother, I consecrated myself through the profession of the vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, and I have lived a wonderful life of communal prayer and witnesses to God’s love and presence in my life by serving in a number of creative ministerial opportunities. Thanks to the support of my brothers in my Franciscan community, I have been a high school teacher, a vocation director and a formation director. For our Franciscan community, I have served on our Leadership Team and been a university campus minister and a spiritual director. I was also fortunate to be the founder of a year-long, non-profit volunteer service program for young adults (FrancisCorps). God has certainly been good to Jim Moore! Religious Brothers are called to be brothers to Jesus, and therefore deeply united with Him in brotherly service to others. I hope and pray others join me in this amazing vocation. To me, St. Francis of Assisi is the perfect example of Religious Brotherhood. He is my role model, my friend, my brother.

If you are interested in Franciscan Life,
please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.:
vocations@olaprovince.org.,
www.franciscans.org,
@conventuals1223,
or call 718- 510-5822.