Religious Brothers’ Day ~ May 1, 2020

Celebrate Religious Brothers’ Day Virtually!

This year, with social distancing as the norm, there will be a special, online session to celebrate Religious Brothers Day together – virtually.  On May 1, 2020, brothers, and those who support the vocation of brother, are invited to join  a short prayer session and discussion on the vocation of brother today. Gather online via Zoom at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT.  More InfoOn May 1, 2020 – the Feast Day of St. Joseph the Worker – Religious Brothers from the many Orders will celebrate the 4th Annual Religious Brothers Day. Religious Brothers, including those from our own province, serve in varied Apostolates. In 2018, in celebration of Religious Brothers Day, Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Br. Emmanuel Wenke, OFM Conv. presented a reflection to the students of Archbishop Curley to whom he serves as a Theology Instructor. (Listen Here) In addition, several of our Friar Brothers presented individual written reflections. (Read Here)

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Within our own community, our Friar Brothers serving in North America include:

  • Br. Stephen Merrigan, OFM Conv.
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Dennis Sokolowski, OFM Conv. 
  • ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Edward Handy, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. James Amrhein, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Nicholas Lorson, OFM Conv. 
    ~
    Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Hugh Dymski, OFM Conv.
    ~ Senior Friar Residence Treasurer
  • Br. Raymond Sobocinski, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Friary Guardian
  • Br. Andre Picotte, OFM Conv.
    ~ Creator and Artistic Advisor of Franciscan Soy Candles
  • Br. James Moore, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Founder of FrancisCorps, Friary Guardian & Senior Friars Commission
  • Br. Tom Purcell, OFM Conv.
    ~ Friary Guardian, St. Clare Inn Executive Director
  • Br. Brian Newbigging, OFM Conv.
    ~ Volunteer Paramedic/Firefighter with Lake Shore VFC and full time Paramedic with AMR & Director of Franciscan Soy Candles
  • Br. Douglas McMillan, OFM Conv.
    ~ Shrine of St. Anthony – Speaker, Presenter and Spiritual Direction
  • Br. Gerald Seipp, OFM Conv.
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Paschal Kolodziej, OFM Conv.
    ~ Friary Guardian & Senior Friar Director
  • Br. Edward Falsey, OFM Conv.
    ~
    Friary Guardian, Psychotherapist
  • Br. Kenneth Lucas, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Stephen Murphy, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Resident
  • Br. Michael Duffy, OFM Conv., DNP, ANP-BC
    ~ Friary Guardian, Regent of Studies, Elms College School of Nursing – Professor & Faculty Athletic Representative and founder of CaRe vaN
  • Br. Lawrence LaFlame, OFM Conv.
    ~ Archbishop Curley High School – Philosophy Instructor
  • Br. Dan Geary, OFM Conv.
    ~ Senior Friars Assistant & Chaplain of the Fr. Justin Rosary Hour
  • Br. Frank Grimaldi, OFM Conv
    ~ Definitor, Friary Guardian
  • Br. Joseph Freitag, OFM Conv. 
    Senior Friar Care, Friary Guardian
  • Br. Gregory Spuhler, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Assumption Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen Director
  • Br. Daniel Lutolf, OFM Conv.
    ~ Friary Guardian, St. Joseph Catholic Church Director of Faith Formation, St, Joseph Regional Cathlic School Middle School Religious Studies Teacher
  • Br. Nicholas Romeo, OFM Conv.
    ~ Friary Guardian, Vocations
  • Br. Emmanuel Wenke, OFM Conv.
    Archbishop Curley High School – Theology Instructor
  • Br. Vincent Vivian, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Senior Friar Healthcare Assistance
  • br. Timothy Blanchard, OFM Conv. 
    ~ Friar in Formation, Full Time Student
  • br. Alejandro María Arias Mosquera, OFM Conv.
    ~
    Friar in Formation, Full Time Student

If you would like more information on how to become a brother or priest as a friar of Our Lady of the Angels Province, please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv. for more information.

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