On August 2, 2018 a vast majority of the working friars of the Province began serving new ministries. Included among them were Fr. Romuald Meogrossi, OFM Conv. (pictured left – Part Time Parochial Vicar), Fr. George Sabol, OFM Conv. (Part Time Parochial Vicar), Fr. John Ruffo, OFM Conv. (pictured right – Parochial Vicar) and Fr. Timothy Dore, OFM Conv. (pictured center – Pastor) who serve in the Baltimore MD parishes of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church, St. Michael the Archangel Church and the Church of the Annunciation. These three parishes make up one of many Pastorates in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Friar Rom, Friar George, Friar John and Friar Tim live in one friary along with Fr. Edward Ouma Owino, OFM Conv., a friar from Kenya who provides sacramental assistance in the Pastorate while here in America to further his studies. These friars serve all three parish communities, including celebrating 13 weekend Masses.
Fr. Tim presents the following update: “We are into our sixth month of ministry since changes made by the last Chapter. This “Pastorate” including St. Michael the Archangel, Annunciation, and St. Clement had been challenging, but certainly a new and exciting ministerial opportunity for our province and our friars, especially as we have greatly expanded our apostolic presence within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. It is good to be here!
Both Friar Santo Cricchio, OFM Conv. (currently in continuing studies through a GI Bill) and Friar Chris Dudek, OFM Conv. (assigned to serve as Deacon for another Baltimore Pastorate, alongside Fr. Dennis Grumsey, OFM Conv – Pastor and Fr. Andrew Santamauro, OFM Conv. – Parochial Vicar) have been frequent visitors and assistants with our many weekend Masses. Friars Romuald, George, John, Edward and I are extremely grateful to them for their fantastic fraternal support, especially with their great help with the very thriving Spanish ministry at St. Michael which included the Dec 12th – 5:00 am celebration of mariachis and Mañanitas for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
Most Reverend William Edward Lori, S.T.D., the Archbishop of Baltimore and Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv. the Our Lady of the Angels Province Vicar Provincial celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Church of the Annunciation, on October 20, 2018. Our Lady of the Angels Province friars who served there in pastoral ministry, including Fr. Carl Zdancewicz, OFM Conv. (now Pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church, in Winston-Salem, NC) and Fr. Vincent Gluc, OFM Conv. (now Parochial Vicar of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, in Jonesboro, GA) also joined in the festivities.
Note: Our province has 23 friars in active ministry in the Archdiocese of Maryland (13 in the Baltimore City area), including another pastorate of three more parishes, administration – instruction – chaplaincy in area high schools, legal counsel for a Catholic service organization, farm outreach, shrine ministry and social justice.