20th Anniversary – FrancisCorps

Friar Juan Lopez, OFM Conv. (left – a Transitional Deacon Friar of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province in Mexico, who has been studying in the USA and assisting at Assumption this summer.) and Friar Ed Falsey, OFM Conv. (right – Guardian of St. Francis Friary, serving as a Psychotherapist at a local counseling center) listen to a presentation by FrancisCorps Director – Mr. AJ LaPointe

Mayor Walsh, Friar Jim, Bishop Cunningham, and Friar James

July 19-25, 2019: FrancisCorps celebrated their 20th Anniversary with an alumni reception at Assumption Church, an alumni reunion at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, and a banquet at the Embassy Suites attended by over 280 Syracuse community members, alumni and friars.
Special guests included the Syracuse Mayor – Ben Walsh, Retiring Bishop of Syracuse – Most Reverend Robert J. Cunningham, and the Minister Provincial of our Province – the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., as well as the Vicar Provincial of our Province – Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv. who served as Homilist for the Mass at the conclusion of the weekend, held at the Franciscan Church of the Assumption, in Syracuse, NY, with principal celebrant, Friar Rick Riccioli, OFM Conv. – Chaplain and Pastor of Assumption.

Members of FC1 with the Founder of FrancisCorps – Br. Jim Moore, OFM Conv. (center) and former Co-Minister – Br. Tom Purcell, OFM Conv. (right)

A few weeks later, on August 4, 2019, Fr. James (lower right) returned to welcome the six volunteers of FrancisCorps 21. They are pictured above with FrancisCorps Staff Members: Chaplain and Pastor of Assumption – Friar Rick Riccioli, OFM Conv. (lower left), Director – Mr. AJ LaPointe (top right), and Associate Director and member of FC17 – Ms. Johanna Cajina (top left). Missing from the photo is CoMinister – Sr. Caryn Crook, OSF.
FrancisCorp 21 volunteers were commissioned during 10:00 a.m. Mass, at our pastoral ministry – the Franciscan Church of the Assumption, in Syracuse, NY.

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