Second Ordinary Chapter of our Province

Next week, our friars will participate in the 1st Session of the Second Ordinary Chapter of Our Lady of the Angels Province. All over the world, we Franciscan Friars Conventual gather for Chapters, as fraternal meetings open to the friars of a region or province.  Our province holds Ordinary Chapters every four years. Since our province was established in 2014, through the union of Immaculate Conception Province and St. Anthony of Padua Province, this will only be the second Ordinary Chapter for Our Lady of the Angels Province. This First Ordinary Chapter was attended by all of the friars of our entire province, who were healthy enough to attend. This year, Delegate Friars were elected to represent the needs of the rest of the friars of our province.
We ask for your prayers as they begin the 1st Session of this process.

Our Lady of the Angels Province takes its name from the Basilica di Santa Maria degli Angeli, home to St. Francis’ Porziuncola. In North America, we call it the Portiuncula, but the translation is “little portion,” in reference to the small parcel of land on which the original chapel stood. That small chapel is now enclosed, in its entirety, under the dome of the vast Basilica. The Portiuncula (as seen reflected in our province logo above) is dedicated to Our Lady of the Angels. It and the parcel of land on which it stood,and on which now stands the Basilica, were gifted to St. Francis of Assisi by the Benedictine monks. He made it the center of his new Franciscan Fraternity. This is the chapel in which St. Francis first was called by God, in prayer before the Crocifisso di San Damiano (San Damiano Cross), to “go rebuild My house.” It was there that St. Francis first really began to understand his own vocation by letting himself really “hear” Living Word in the Gospels. Through this history, our entire Order is entrusted under the patronage of Our Lady.
It was at the Portiuncula
that St. Francis first began gatherings of the friars, known as Chapters, to provide them with the opportunity to discuss the Rule, to rediscover their strength in brotherhood and to lean what was needed to proclaim the Gospel in the whole world.

Prayer to Our Lady of the Angels
You are fair, O Mary,
And the stain of original sin is not in you.
You are the glory of Jerusalem;
You are the joy of Israel;
You are the honor of our people;
You are the advocate of sinners,
O Mary Our Lady of the Angels,
Virgin most prudent,
Mother Most loving,
Pray for us,
Intercede for us with Jesus Christ our Lord.
(mention your request) Amen.

Polish Friars Visit Our Province

April 17-19, 2018:  During a visit from three Polish Friars from the Krakow Province; The Very Reverend Fr. Marian Gołąb, OFM Conv. (Minister Provincial of the St. Anthony of Padua and B. James of Strepa Province, in Kraków), Fr. Piotr Sarnicki, OFM Conv. (Coordinator of Kraków Friars in USA) and Fr. Bronisław Staworowski, OFM Conv. (Ekonom Prowincji – Provincial Economist), our own Minister Provincial, The Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. renewed the contracts for the six Kraków Friars who live and minister in Our Lady of the Angels Province, as well as the two Kraków Friars who live and minister in our Provincial Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody, in Great Britain and Ireland.
On the 18th, Friar James accompanied the three Polish Friars to the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC, where they met at length with the Honorable Piotr Wilczek (center bottom), the Polish Ambassador to the United States and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas.

Holy Cross Friars Host ‘Open Friary’ Evening

April 15, 2018: Our friars of Holy Cross Friary (Atlanta, GA) held an informal ‘open friary’ evening which began with Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Church, followed by Evening Prayer in the friary, pizza and time to talk. There were eight young men present from the two ministries served by the friars of Holy Cross Friary: the parish and Blessed Trinity Catholic High School. One of the students returned for his third evening with the friars. It was a blessing to share this time with them. Our friars residing in the Holy Cross Friary are Fr. Jude Michael Krill, OFM Conv. (at left) who serves as Guardian of the Friary and Pastor of the Parish and Fr. Gary Johnson, OFM Conv. (third from right) who serves as Parochial Vicar of the Parish along with Fr. Abelardo Huanca Martinez, OFM Conv. (not pictured) and Fr. Reto Davatz, OFM Conv. (not pictured) who serves as Campus Minister at the High School.

Archbishop Curley High School Cornerstone Day

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – Cornerstone Day: Our friars have served at Archbishop Curley High School (Baltimore, MD) since 1961. Along with the dedicated lay men and women working, teaching and serving at Curley, we have filled the buildings and students with the spirit of Jesus and St. Francis of Assisi. It was 56 years ago, on April 17, 1962, at 2:30 p.m. that the cornerstone was laid and the school was blessed by Archbishop Lawrence Shehan.  The Curley community took this day as an opportunity to tell that part of their story and to honor significant individuals and groups in the Curley Family who have promoted the mission of the school.
Video of Mass and Awards

This year’s honorees were:
Mr. & Mrs. Don Potter, Scholarship Donors
Mr. & Mrs. Rocky ’70 White, Dedicated Volunteers
Mr. Jere Danaher ’66, Unsung Alumnus
Mr. Joseph DellaMonica, Long Serving Staff
and we Franciscan Friars Conventual who were represented by our Minister Provincial, The Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv.

Former Friar Administration Standing under their “old” pictures (left to right): Friar Robert Twele, OFM Conv. served from 1981-1994 as a Teacher, Guidance Counselor, Director of Guidance & then Principal – Fr. Donald Grzymski, OFM Conv. served from 1980-1988 serving as a Teacher, Guidance Counselor, then Assistant Principal and then again from 1994-2001 serving as Principal and since 2014 has been serving as President – Fr. Michael Martin, OFM Conv. served from 1994-2010 as a Teacher, Director of Admissions, then Principal, and then President

A handful of our friars who were onhand and who have served at Curley through the years, pictured with our Minister Provincial, at center.

A Curley Alum Honored Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and current Bishop of Savannah, GA, with a Cornerstone Gift. Friar (now Bishop) Gregory served at Archbishop Curley High School from 1979-1988 as a Guidance Counselor and Teacher and then as Principal:
Father Gregory Hartmayer (now Most Reverend Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.) was the guidance counselor during and after my Curley years. Father Gregory’s guidance and connections allowed me to remain at Towson State University after my freshman year. Curley provides an excellent education to its students and Father Gregory provided critical support after my graduation. I will always be grateful for that support. Go Friars!

A Message from our Minister Provincial: Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore (MD) launched a creative new event to advance its mission while honoring its past.  On April 17, 2018,  its first annual “Cornerstone Day” ceremony took place, mindful that the Franciscan Friars Conventual have been in charge of ACHS since its foundation and the laying of its cornerstone by Archbishop (later Cardinal) Lawrence Shehan on April 17, 1962.  The Minister Provincial (Fr. James) was principal celebrant and homilist at the liturgy before the whole assembled student body, faculty and staff.  He was joined by Friars Donald Grzymski (President), Michael Martin (former President), Robert Twele (former Principal), Herman Czaster (founding faculty member), Romuald Meogrossi and Vincent Gluc (early faculty members)and several other more recent members of the Franciscan community at ACHS (Dan Lutolf, Matt Foley, Larry LaFlame, Emmanuel Wenke).  James stressed in his homily that every member of the wide Curley “brotherhood” – students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents and benefactors – is a “living stone” bonded to Christ the “Foundation Stone,” whose gospel mission was continually reinforced by “rock symbolism.”  Five categories of awards were presented at the end of the liturgy: Mission Promoter, Unsung Alumnus, Scholarship Donor(s), Faculty/Staff Member, and Dedicated Volunteer(s).  The Friars of OLA Province were presented the first of these “Cornerstone Day” awards as the school’s original “Mission Promoter,” uniquely entitled this first time around “Since the Beginning.”

CUA Spring Break 2018 Mission Trips

A “Thank You” to the friars of our province, from the Assistant Campus Minister for Mission Trips and Community Service, at The Catholic University of America:

“I wanted to write you again to say thank you so much for the donation that the Friars made to the Catholic University of America Mission Trip program this year. It was really a gift to our students to be able to make these experiences more accessible to those who don’t have the luxury of having a lot of available money. We were able to provide scholarships to several students who needed them, as well as subsidize the costs of all of the trips, which really impacted the amount of interest we had across campus. …  Thank you for all of the help and your investment in our students. It’s truly appreciated.”

Taken after a Mass attended at Stella Maris Parish in Kingston, Jamaica. The parishioners dressed in pink put on a wonderful dramatic interpretation of the gospel story of the Samaritan Woman at the well, with Jesus.

In March 2018, throughout our Campus Ministry at The Catholic University of America, students visited communities in the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Jamaica, West Virginia, and the USA/Mexico Border. In May 2018 a few more groups of students will be going to Belize, as well as southern Philadelphia. You too can “Accompany a Missioner” by praying for the Missioner, attending the Commissioning Mass, sending a Letter of Encouragement or donating to Mission Teams.

JPIC News

Last week, the Franciscan Friars Conventual from Our Lady of the Angels Province invited the Franciscan Action Network and the DC/MD/VA chapter of Interfaith Power and Light to join in a Forum and Symposium on Environmental Justice and Service to Vulnerable Populations (held at our Shine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD). The goal for the gathering was to bring together peoples of various faiths, government officials, and other interested parties to discuss greater coordination and collaboration on issues pertinent to the protection of the environment, public health and other quality of life concerns which were elevated by Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.”

At Wednesday’s (April 11, 2018) interfaith St. Francis Forum, participants listened to faith leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, and Hindu traditions as well as from the Lutheran, Methodist, Quaker, Evangelical, and Catholic/Franciscan traditions. (Pictured at left are Christopher Fici – writer/minister/teacher of the Hindu Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition; Sr. Joan Brown, OSF – Executive Director of the New Mexico Interfaith Power & Light; Rabbi Fred Dobb – Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland, serving on the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life, Shalom Center, Religious Witness for the Earth, and Greater Washington Interfaith Power and Light) Each half hour presentation included ample time for a larger group discussion, which often demonstrated the many similarities within our traditions while nuancing differences in approach to environmental justice issues.
Each presenter was then partnered with a friar of the province and other participants to continue the discussions in small groups. (Pictured at right) These groups will eventually put forward pastoral applications as to how interfaith cooperation might bring about practical pastoral applications in our various communities.  The fruits of these discussions will be shared later this summer.

Thursday’s (April 12, 2018) Spirit of Assisi Symposium brought together the faith-based community with federal agencies for three panel discussions on environmental justice and service to vulnerable communities. We discussed ways of enhancing collaboration and finding new avenues of partnership in service to at risk communities. The federal government, sent representatives from the US Department of Agriculture, General Services Administration, Department of Labor, Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Justice, Department of Interior, Department of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Energy.

The symposium ended with an interfaith blessing of the fields and Little Portion Farm. The friars were joined by the farmers of Mary’s Land Farm, representatives of the Franciscan Center in Baltimore, interfaith leaders, members of federal agencies and the faithful who attended the 12 noon Mass at the shrine, as well as the shrine staff and other visitors.

A special thank you to Friars Michael Heine (pictured here), Julio Martinez, Dennis Mason, Gary Johnson, Ed Falsey, Michael Lorentson, James McCurry, Douglas McMillan, Donald Grzymski, and Eric de LaPeña; as well as Joseph Hamilton (Lay Mission Advancement Director – Franciscan Mission Association) for their participation in these days.  In addition, much appreciation is owed to Friar Joseph Dorniak, OFM Conv. who sketched the logo (above) of St. Francis used for the events.

On the following Sunday Friar Michael Lasky, OFM Conv. (Chairman of the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission for our province) traveled to Shamokin, PA with a representative of the EPA for a stakeholder’s dinner organized by the local friars, in relation to the projects of sustainable development in partnership with Bucknell University.

Over the past several days many notes of thanks have been received, commending the friars for envisioning such interfaith gatherings and including government representatives.  Many expressed how their long-held hopes for such a gathering were finally realized through our efforts in a productive and practical manner.  One Daughter of Charity even mentioned how the symposium inspired her to go home and see what her local government in Prince Georges County (Maryland) is doing in relation to environmental justice and service to vulnerable communities.  She has a meeting already set up with local government officials next month.

A special thanks to the staff of the shrine for hosting the event.  Mr. Munjed Murad, our Muslim presenter who is a doctoral student of Islamic and Christian Studies at Harvard, offered this thought on the event and its location at the shrine.  “This [building] is a place where great things happen, and I am honored to be a part of so great a gathering.” 

55th World Day of Prayer for Vocations

2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations

On Sunday, April 22, 2018 the Church throughout the world prays for vocations.
Please make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to the priesthood & religious life!

  • Pray for the priests who have ministered to you throughout your life, both living and dead.
  • Keep our parish priests in your prayers throughout the week.
  • Encourage your children, grandchildren, or other young people to consider a vocation as a priest or religious brother or sister.
  • Pray a rosary for more young men and women to respond to God’s call.
  • Spread the word about us; encouraging young men, aged 17-40, who are discerning God’s call to Religious Life and Priesthood to answer through life as a Franciscan Friar Conventual.

Excerpt from the Message of His Holiness Pope Francis,
for the 2018 World Day of Vocations
:
The Fifty-fifth World Day of Prayer for Vocations once again proclaims this good news to us, and in a decisive manner. We are not victims of chance or swept up in a series of unconnected events; on the contrary, our life and our presence in this world are the fruit of a divine vocation!
Even amid these troubled times, the mystery of the Incarnation reminds us that God continually comes to encounter us. He is God-with-us, who walks along the often dusty paths of our lives. He knows our anxious longing for love and he calls us to joy. In the diversity and the uniqueness of each and every vocation, personal and ecclesial, there is a need to listen, discern and live this word that calls to us from on high and, while enabling us to develop our talents, makes us instruments of salvation in the world and guides us to full happiness.
These three aspects – listening, discerning and living – were also present at beginning of Jesus’ own mission, when, after his time of prayer and struggle in the desert, he visited his synagogue of Nazareth. There, he listened to the word, discerned the content of the mission entrusted to him by the Father, and proclaimed that he came to accomplish it “today” (Lk 4:16-21).
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Four More Years at Catholic U!

On March 28, 2018, Our Lady of the Angels Province Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. and OLA Friar, Fr. Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv. met for an hour and a half with the President of The Catholic University of America, Dr. John Garvey, who express the highest esteem for the ministry of our Friars at CUA.  Friar Jude serves as University Chaplain & Director of Campus Ministry. At the conclusion of the meeting, Friar James signed the contract renewing our Friars’ commitment for four more years.

Cool Side Note: The desk on which the signing took place, in the President’s Office, is the famous “Lincoln Desk”  – used by Abraham Lincoln at his law office in Springfield, Illinois.  The heirloom eventually became the property of President Garvey’s grandfather, who owned the Lincoln estate in Springfield.

Excerpt from a January 2013 online article referencing the desk: “During the Depression, Garvey’s grandfather (a Lincoln buff) had purchased all the land surrounding Lincoln’s childhood home in Springfield. Fast forward to the 1960s, and the U.S. Park Service condemned the land to take it over and turn the house into a museum.
(At that time, the desk had come into the Garvey family through just three previous owners since it was sold following Lincoln’s assassination.)
Garvey’s father, a lawyer, helped defend his grandfather during the condemnation proceedings so he could get a fair price on the land. He wouldn’t accept payment, of course, since it was all in the family. So instead of monetary compensation, Garvey’s grandfather gave the desk to his father. Today, Garvey still doesn’t know how he managed to beat out his seven siblings to inherit the desk, but he suspects it might be because he’s the oldest of the bunch, and he’s also a lawyer.”

Religious Brothers Day 2018

A Reflection by Our Lady of the Angels Province Friar,
Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv.

“I have felt a vocation to the Brotherhood for most of my life. I was taught by Franciscan Sisters who instilled in us, their students, a great love for the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. I saw their Franciscan spirit of generosity in action.
For most of my Franciscan life I have worked as a nurse both within the community and outside the community. Ministering as a nurse connected me so well with my Franciscan life. In taking care of the sick, I was constantly reminded of how St. Francis ministered to the lepers of his day. I was enabled to serve the sick in this same spirit.
As a brother, I was able to accompany the staff and relatives whose loved one I cared for. This allowed me to express in a very real way the love of Christ to all.”

A Reflection by Our Lady of the Angels Province Friar,
Br. Ed Handy, OFM Conv.

“I was raised in a practicing Catholic family in Catonsville, Maryland.  My home parish was a non-Franciscan African American parish. At an early age, I always had a feeding that God had a special plan for me. God’s plan was unknown to me at that time. The Conventual Franciscan Order was also unknown to me. Whenever I think of my vocation I reflect on what is revealed in Isaiah 43: “I have called you by name.” The scripture reads, and you are mine. 
You see, it was not I who had chosen God, but he has chosen me. 
It was through God’s Divine Providence He led me to the Conventual Franciscan Order.
It is in this scripture that God promised to lead the blind to places unknown.
For me it was Watertown, New York, Hoboken, New Jersey, Montreal Canada, Costa Rica, Central America and a few other places where our friars are located. This promise is one that I have experienced firsthand.
For 59 years as a Franciscan Brother I feel that I  have come this far by faith and trusting in the Lord. Like St. Francis caring for the disenfranchised of his time, my current ministry for the last 22 years have been reaching out to people with HIV/AIDS. As a Conventual Franciscan I thank God for my vocation to the Brotherhood.”

 A Reflection by Our Lady of the Angels Province Friar,
Br. Jim Moore, OFM Conv.

“Fifty years ago this coming 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.”

A Reflection by Our Lady of the Angels Province Friar,
Br. Tim Blanchard, OFM Conv.

“My Name is Br. Tim Blanchard and I am currently studying at the Catholic University of America, living in Silver Spring. My vocation to the brotherhood surfaced from the example of simplicity that St Francis so greatly exemplified in his life. Francis did not mimic Christ but rather imitated him by becoming one at heart with the Father through his simple yet profound actions of faith. This was my attraction to the brotherhood, by seeing a brother not only as a noun but a verb I was challenged with the question of what it mean “to brother?” For me it means truly being that simple brother who takes on the roles of Christ the Worker, Christ the Consoler, and Christ the Compassionate. When I “brother” to others as a vowed consecrated religious I am not always able to speak Christ, but my vocation as a brother allows me to be Christ to others by my actions and call to simplicity.”

 A Reflection by Our Lady of the Angels Province Friar,
Br. Emmanuel Wenke, OFM Conv.

“My story is a bit unusual in that until the day I actually entered the Friars as a postulant, I had no idea that the vocation of Religious Brother existed in the Franciscan order. I had never knowingly met anyone who was a brother, despite the fact that I had grown up in a town with a longstanding and substantial Franciscan presence. All the friars I had ever spoken to at that point were either priests or they were in seminary preparing to be. I assumed that to be a friar meant to be a priest.
I learned about the vocation very quickly, as many of the men in my first Friary community were brothers. I found religious brotherhood immediately inspiring in its simplicity and in the humility with which the brothers carried out their ministry to the Friars and to the people of God. They made the Friary and whatever other space they ministered in feel like home, something that is very important to me, coming from a large family! They also exhibited a quieter, more contemplative spirituality which deeply impressed me.
I eventually discerned that God was calling me to live my Franciscan vocation as a religious brother. I realized that my appreciation and love for the vocation of priesthood (Which continues to this day!) did not necessarily mean that God was calling me personally to that vocation. The more I prayed and spoke with trusted friends and spiritual directors, the more it became clear that God was calling me to be a brother. Since I made that decision, I have found such joy as I grow in my calling to spiritual brotherhood, to a radical commitment to companionship with and support of my brothers and sisters. It is a gift that I could never have earned, but for which I am endlessly grateful!”
“Give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His mercy endures forever!” ~ Psalm 136

A Reflection by Our Lady of the Angels Province Friar,
Br. Jim Doyle, OFM Conv.

The Journey of One Franciscan Brother: The announcement that May 1st is Religious Brothers Day came as a surprise to me.  I guess I should have known, but I didn’t.  My bad.  That said, it was a welcomed surprise, not only because it was an acknowledgment by the Church of the value of a Brother’s vocation, but it prompted me to review my own vocation story.  I never liked trying to put my vocation into words.  So much of my story, like an iceberg, is under the surface.  It’s ineffable; describing it never seems to hit the mark.  But here goes …

Somewhere in my spiritual or academic past, I came across a quote by one of my favorite spiritual writers, Abraham Heschel, where he said, “God is of no importance unless He is of supreme importance.”  Heschel’s insight (so simple, yet so profound) left me gobsmacked!  Really, I’m not being overdramatic; I had to lie down after I read that.  Heschel had given expression to the “why” of my religious vocation far better than I ever could.  I later had a similar experience when I read in the writings of Charles de Foucauld: “From the moment I believed there was a God, I could do nothing else but live for Him.”   Again, I was overwhelmed by how accurately Charles had described my own vocational experience.  Charles had nailed it.
My vocation as a religious Brother is summed up (as much as that’s possible) in the insights of Heschel and de Foucauld.  My vocation is, in a word, the totality of my relationship with God.  I find it “Franciscan” because I know Francis would be on board with these writers.  Francis surprisingly gave me a structure unlike any other–a fraternity of brothers–to live out this deep, inner and sometimes overwhelming relationship.
To be a religious Brother means I have accepted the call of God to be in an extremely personal relationship with Him and to feel (it’s got to have an emotional component lest it be sterile and lifeless) that God wants to be in an extremely personal relationship with me.  It’s living the life of every Christian, but in an extremely unique way.  This relationship is, I admit, at times euphoric and at times exhaustive.  It is always massive and all-consuming.  At the end of the day, I just end up acknowledging that it cannot be any other way.
God always has a definite plan for a Brother’s life—or sometimes several plans. I lately found that teaching ESL to refugees was an invitation to me from Him.  I absolutely love being in Buffalo (aka Buffalonia and/or Buffalove) doing ESL work with refugees from Congo, Nepal, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, etc.  I’m learning Swahili—that’s a hoot.  My students (and God, I’m sure) get a kick out of my pathetic pronunciation.  I know if I can keep them laughing, they’ll keep coming back.
As part of my work with the Adult Learning Center for Buffalo Public Schools, I also get to be a substitute with high school drop outs who have returned to school.  They are a bit rough around the edges, but they all have dreams and I love to hear them.  My own life journey tells me that God is directing them all, just as He has done all along the way with and for me.  Whether it’s ESL or GED or ABE (Adult Basic Ed), I just want to be a brother to all–an encouraging, supportive presence, while they find their God-given way.
At the end of the day, I am a Brother because no other relationship with God would ever suffice.  It attracted me 40 years ago and it continues to attract me today.  Go figure …

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May 1, 2018 is a day to celebrate the gifts, charism and rich history that is the vocation of the Religious Brother in the Church, during the second annual Religious Brothers Day. Read More
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Please keep all of our friar brothers in your continued prayers. We currently have brother friars in and serving in formation, as well as serving as Friary Guardians, Social Workers, Chaplains, Campus Ministers, Educators, Catechists, Artisans, Psychotherapists, Paramedics, and Firefighters, as well as in Parish Support, Nursing, Healthcare, Outreach, Pastoral Care, serving on boards for charitable organizations and in care of our senior friars.
If the life of a Franciscan Friars Conventual Brother seems like the right path on your vocational journey, please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.

A Little Formation Fun

Inter-Franciscan Novice vs. Los Angeles Seminary Soccer: On April 7, 2018 the two teams played in their second annual soccer match, held at St. John the Evangelist Seminary in Camarillo, just north of Los Angeles. The friars are in orange, the seminarians are in green. Not everyone played, but everyone had a good time cheering for both sides. Our three novitiates were very proud of their 7-2 loss, since we lost by 10 points last year! Our spirits were high no matter the number of goals! The Knights of Columbus offered us a cookout afterwards. Then the rector, Msgr. Marc V. Trudeau – who was named a new Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles only the day before – greeted us warmly, and welcomed his seminarians to offer us a thorough tour of their vast seminary. It was a great day and great fraternity!
All three of our province’s novices participated: friar Fabian Adderley, OFM Conv. (very center of top row), friar Richard Rome, OFM Conv. (4th from left bottom kneeling behind), and friar Steven Arias Mosquera, OFM Conv. (third from right bottom in the sunglasses).

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