Saturday, June 6, 2019: Our Minister Provincial, the Very Rev. Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. was joyfully in attendance as the friars of our Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody (aka the Greyfriars of Great Britain/Ireland) celebrated the
Priesthood Ordination of Fr. Colin Mary Edwards, OFM Conv.,
by Bishop Michael Gregory Campbell OSA, at the Blackfriars Priory, of Oxford University.
Friar Colin Mary is from the UK, has also lived in Africa and has traveled extensively. Prior to joining the Order, he lived in London where he worked as a teacher and principal in inner-city schools. Several of our Our Lady of the Angels Province friars were in attendance. His Novitiate classmate, Br. Emnanuel Wenke, OFM Conv. (Theology Instructor at our Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, MD; pictured in bottom photo 3rd from left) also made the trip to Oxford to share in the celebrations, as did Fr. Dan Quackenbush, OFM Conv. (Pilgrim Guide at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi – in Assisi, Italy; pictured below 5th from right). Two of Our Lady of the Angels Province friars serving in the Custody were also on hand: Fr. Giles Zakowicz, OFM Conv. (Director of Formation at the Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Friary – Oxford) and Fr. Matthew Chadwick, OFM Conv. (Parish Priest – St. Anthony’s Parish – Rye, East Sussex).
Many of the friars were on hand as Fr. Colin Mary celebrated his First Mass of Thanksgiving, including his Formators – Friar Giles (far right corner) and Friar Jarosław Zachariasz, OFM Conv. of Poland (back row center) and his Provincial Custos, Very Rev. Ciprian Budău, OFM Conv. (right of Friar Colin Mary)