Around the Province ~ Triduum

Holy Thursday: One of two brothers who later celebrated the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist) at the Easter Vigil at our province ministry of The Franciscan Church of the Assumption in Syracuse, NY. They received instruction from Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Brennan-Joseph Farleo, OFM Conv. and their grandmother. These two young parishioners also serve the parish as hospitality ministers and assist with parish events. They had their feet washed by their pastor, Fr. Rick Riccioli, OFM Conv., during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Good Friday: A very Spirit-filled and blessed experience of the Stations of the Cross with Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Tim Dore, OFM Conv. Each year, the parishioners of Baltimore’s St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church (of which Friar Tim is pastor) and the parishioners of Amazing Grace Lutheran Church join together to make a holy and prayerful journey through the streets of their shared neighborhood.

Holy Saturday: Swieconka ~ the Saturday Blessing of the Easter Foods, at St. Stanislaus School in Chicopee, MA, with their pastor and rector of the Basilica of St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr, Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Joe Benicewicz, OFM Conv.

Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at Holy Cross Catholic Church, Atlanta GA

Happy Easter!: Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv. stoped to take a few photos with some of the students he serves from Syracuse University, including these Theta Chi Fraternity brothers, after Easter Mass.

Happy Easter!: At the Point Pleasant Beach, NJ parish school of Saint Peter Roman Catholic Church, where our friars pastoraly serve. The 4th Grade Coordinated the delivery over 40 Easter Baskets to the local food pantry.

Easter at CUA

All are friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province unless otherwise indicated. Top Row Left to Right: fr. Jim Hoffman, OFM Conv., Fr. Brad Milunski, OFM Conv. (Vicar Provincial), Friar Maximilian Avila Pacheco, OFM Conv., Friar Emanuel Vasconcelos, OFM Conv., Br. Jim Moore, OFM Conv. (Guardian of the St. Bonaventure Friary Post Novitiate) Bottom Row: br. Emmanuel Wenke, OFM Conv., fr. Israel Arauz-Rosiles, OFM Conv. (St. Joseph Cuptertino Province), fr. Franck Lino Sokpolie, OFM Conv., br. Timothy Blanchard, OFM Conv., fr. Andrew Hennessy, OFM Conv. (Our Lady of Consolation Province), fr. Bede Thigpen, OFM Conv. (St. Bonaventure Province)

The student friars at St Bonaventure Friary in Silver Spring, MD celebrated the Easter Triduum with the friars who minister in Campus Ministry at The Catholic University of America (Washington DC), where they are all continuing their studies.

University Chaplain & Director of Campus Ministry, Fr Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv. baptized two students as several others were confirmed and brought into full communion with the Church during the Easter Celebration.

Prepare the Way of the Lord

Friars throughout our province have been in preparation, along side the people we serve, for Holy Week and the celebrations of the Resurrection of Our Lord. On Passion Sunday (also known as Palm Sunday) our varied ministries often celebrated parts of the Mass outdoors as well as inside of the church. Some processed, while others met outside of the church to hear the Gospel before entering.

Fr. Abelardo Huanca Martinez, OFM Conv. and the parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church (Atlanta, GA) gather for Passion Sunday. Friar Abelardo serves the parish as Parochial Vicar.

Fr. David Kashen, OFM Conv. celebrated Passion Sunday with the parishioners of St. Elizabeth of Hungary (Baltimore, MD), where he serves as pastor.

Fr. Timothy Dore, OFM Conv. shared his Passion Sunday with the parishioners of St. Ann Catholic Church, where he serves as pastor. Friar Tim is also the pastor of St. Wenceslaus Church. The group processed through the streets of Baltimore, MD.

Fr. Dennis Mason, OFM Conv. celebrates Passion Sunday with the pilgrims of our Shrine of Saint Anthony (Ellicott City, MD)

Our friars serving at the San Damiano Mission, in Brooklyn NY, also commemorated the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem. During all masses they blessed and distributed palms & read and reflected on the Passion of Jesus Christ. The music featured at the mission featured the Dave Harrington group, which provided an original score for the Sunday liturgy.

Presentation by Friar Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.

The Resurrection, by Pietro Lorenzetti in the Lower Basilica of St Francis, in Assisi

with Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 7:00-8:30pm.
Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City, MD

All are welcome to attend a presentation by Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv., on the Resurrection Narratives in the Gospels.
Friar Jude is a friar of our province who currently serves as Assistant General for the Conventual Franciscan Order (Rome). He is a sought after speaker and is an eminent Scriptural Scholar.
His Daily Reflections can be enjoyed online and are available via our evangelization and developement ministry, the Companions of St. Anthony’s website.
There is no need to register for this Free presentation, however there will be a free will offering taken at this event.

The Shrine of St. Anthony holds many spiritual, social and liturgical events throughout the year. Free events are listed on their website calendar. Please be sure to check out the Shine’s Home Page for more information about this ministry of our province, including links to other events that may require a registration fee, videos and the daily schedule.

On April 14th the Shrine of St. Anthony will hold another Good Friday Day of Prayer led by Friar Douglas McMillan, OFM Conv. from 1 – 8:00 p.m. The day features several talks, quiet prayer, Good Friday Liturgy, Stations of the Cross and a Lenten Supper. The cost for this retreat is $25 and RSVP’s must be in by Thursday April 13th

Seraphicum: On Immigration

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, the Pontifical Theological Faculty of St. Bonaventure (Seraphicum) and the Mulieris Dignitatem Institute for the Study of Male-Female United Duality hosted a study day full of reflections, ideas and debate. Here is an excerpt from an article on our Order’s Website, “Seraphicum: On Immigration” in which two of our friars are directly mentioned:

Friar Victor Mora, OFM Conv., professor of sacred scripture, first presented a biblical reconstruction of the matter entitled, “Immigrants and Immigration in the Bible.” Then, Friar Christopher Dudek, OFM Conv., lectured on “The Question of Migration from Latin America to the United States through Mexico”. Friar Christopher is a U.S. citizen and a Seraphicum student. He provided a thorough and well-documented overview of events overseas, especially after the election of President Donald Trump.

Earth Day as a Franciscan

We friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province are members of The Order of Friars Minor Conventual. We are a religious community founded by St. Francis of Assisi, living in an Order where friars commit themselves to the Gospel life of perfect charity, through the public vows of Obedience, Poverty, and Chastity. We are consecrated to God through the ministry of the Church, by living a common life, in union with the Rule of our Seraphic Father, Saint Francis.

We friars share a great respect for creation and life, as is evidenced through the work of the JPIC (Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission) of Our Lady of the Angels Province. In union with the April 22, 2017 celebrations of Earth Day, we encourage you to incorporate the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. Pope Francis refers to our Earth as our Common Home and has added caring for it as a new act of mercy. Consider adding a work of mercy to your Earth Day celebrations. St. Francis respected even the smallest creatures of Earth and we humbly try to follow on his pathway of loving care.
As this year marks the 500th Anniversary of the creation of our separate Franciscan Families, please take a moment to read through our Order’s history to better understand our future. Franciscans have a deep desire to walk together and grow in common vocation and mission. In 2016, members of different Franciscan Orders gathered to benefit a reconciliation between the Franciscan families, so that we can all more powerfully and clearly give witness to the charism of St. Francis and St. Clare. Read More

Rome: Prayer Vigil for Europe

Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Donald Kos, OFM Conv. was in attendance. He has spent all of his years in ministry in service to our Order in Rome since his December 23, 1961 Ordination to the Priesthood in this very Basilica. He currently serves as the Judicial Vicar of the Ecclesiastic Tribunal of Vatican City State.

An article on our Order’s website by Friar Agnello Stoia, OFM Conv.. Pastor of the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles (La Basilica Santi XII Apostoli), on what may have been the first ecumenical prayer service, ever held in the basilica. The Friary of the Twelve Holy Apostles is our Order’s General Curia.

At least 750 people attended the vigil which was presided over by His Eminence Kurt Cardinal KOCH, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Representatives of several Christian denominations were present, including members of the Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Anglican and Waldensian Churches.Read More

The Fruits of Campus Ministry

Our friars understand the importance of helping to create a spiritual home away from home for the college students we serve, in many colleges and universities throughout our province. In an April 5th post on the Syracuse University site, wrote about his experience through the Catholic Campus Ministry at Syracuse University (and SUNY ESF), which is served by Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv.

Making Time for Faith at College

Our friars are a visible presence at several colleges and universities, serving the students, faculty and staff, in diverse ministries as well as through their own studies in further education.
Please keep all of them and those whom they serve, in your continued prayers.

Newman Student Center Parish University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Fr. Justin Ross, OFM Conv. – Pastor & Campus Minister
Fr. Bill Robinson, OFM Conv.
Parochial Vicar and Associate Campus Minister

College of Our Lady of the Elms
Br. Michael Duffy, OFM Conv.Accelerated Second Degree Program Coordinator,
Professor & Faculty Athletic Representative
Fr. Jude Surowiec, OFM Conv.Scripture Professor at Holy Apostles Seminary; Our Lady of the Elms College, and for the Diocesan Permanent Diaconate Program

Duke University
Fr. Michael Martin, OFM Conv. – Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Brad Heckathorne, OFM Conv. – Associate Director

Elon University
Fr. Peter Tremblay, OFM Conv. – Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life

University of Notre Dame
Fr. Edward Ondrako, OFM Conv. – Doctoral Fellow

St. Paul University Canon Law Program
Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv. – Professor

The Catholic University of America
Fr. Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv. – Director of Campus Ministry
Fr. Eric de la Peña, OFM Conv. – Associate Chaplain for Faith Development
Fr. Marek Stybor, OFM Conv.
Associate Chaplain for Spiritual Development
Fr. Albert Puliyadan, OFM Conv.
Associate Campus Ministry Chaplain 

Friar Gerry and some of the SUNY ESF students he serves through the Catholic Campus Ministry, at Hendricks Chapel and the Catholic Center