As part of a Four-Year Plan, the friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province drafted a vision statement which included priorities such as Fraternity, Ministry, JPIC Culture, Vocations, Senior Friars, Our Custodies, and in turn, objectives to enact through the work of our varied Commissions and Initiatives.
In accordance with two of the objectives for Senior Friars, in order to provide both the care of our elder friars and their continued inclusion in the fraternal life of our Province, our Senior Friars Commission requested that those friars share Spiritual Testaments, in their own words.
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Brother Hugh Dymski, OFM Conv.
Spiritual Testimony ~ August, 2019
My name is Hugh Dymski and I am a 76-year-old Conventual Franciscan Religious Brother in the Our Lady of Angels Province (USA). I am currently in residence at St. Hyacinth Friary in Chicopee, MA one of our Senior Friar residences. I am from Chicopee. My Dad was a butcher who died of a stroke when I was only in the seventh grade and my Mother was a cook who worked at St. Stanislaus Parish in Chicopee. I came to know the Conventual Friars by one of our Friar-priests. In 1961, I entered the novitiate of the Conventual Franciscans in Ellicott City, MD. I professed my first vows on August 15, 1962 and my solemn vows in November, 1965. My novice master was Fr. Alurelion Brzeznick, OFM Conv. And some of my classmates are Fr. Conrad, Fr. Blasé, Fr. Linus and Fr. Bede.
My first assignment as friar was at St. Francis High School in Hamburg, NY and I really don’t have a ‘favorite’ assignment. All of my assignments were good.
My Franciscan prayer life is good and I consider it a very personal prayer life.