Kolbe Tour – St. Francis of Assisi (Athol Springs, NY)

On Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, 2016, Fr. Ross Syracuse, OFM Conv. and the people of our pastoral ministry of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church will host the
Pilgrimage of the Relics of St. Maximilian Kolbe
that has been touring throughout our province ministries since January 2016.

Kolbe relic closeupThe tour includes the opportunity to see a unique reliquary that holds the rare first class relics of beard fragments from St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, OFM Conv. made available for veneration. (Note that the reliquary was created in Poland, to commemorate his beatification in 1971, as noted by the “B. Max. Kolbe” in the casing that houses the relic strands. St. Maximilian was a Polish Conventual Franciscan Friar who was canonized on October 10, 1982, by Saint Pope John Paul II – also from Poland.)

The relic, along with information about St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, OFM Conv., will be on display beginning with the 8:00 a.m. Saturday May 21, 2016 Morning Mass and continuing throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday. The 6:00 p.m. Evening Mass on Sunday, May 22, 2016, will highlight this special event. For those who will be attending Mass there this weekend, special prayer cards with a third class relic will be handed out. There will also be medals and holy cards available. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to join the friars and parishioners during this special weekend. If you can not make it to these event and are in the Upstate New York  or Ontario, Canada areas during these next weeks, please take the opportunity to visit one of our other ministry locations as this tour is in the area:

Other Tour Locations in Upstate NY and Ontario
St. Francis High School, Athol Springs, NY  ~  May 24-26
The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure, Toronto, ON  ~  May 27-29
The Church of St. John Apostle and Holy Family, Kingston, ON  ~ May 30 – June 2
The Franciscan Church of the Assumption, Syracuse, NY  ~  June 3-5
National Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Shrine, Fonda, NY  ~  June 10-12
Sisters of the Resurrection, Castleton, NY  ~  June 13-15

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