Canadian Delegation of St. Francis Pilgrimage to the Shrine of St. André Bessette

Br. Manny Wenke, OFM Conv., Fr. Dominic Lim, OFM Conv., Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv., Fr. Ed Debono, OFM Conv. (who celebrated his 89th birthday on the Feast of All Saints of the Seraphic Order), Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv., Br. Tom Purcell, OFM Conv., Fr. Jim Fukes, OFM Conv. and Fr. David Collins, OFM Conv.

The famous statue of St. Joseph that sits in the crypt chapel of the Saint Joseph’s Oratory

November 28-29, 2021: Our Vicar Provincial, Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv. joined most of the friars of our Canadian Delegation of St. Francis, on a pilgrimage to the St. Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal (The Shrine of St. André Bessette, in Montréal, Quebec) to mark the Year of St. Joseph. St. Joseph is Canada’s patron saint and one of our three friaries of our Province Delegation is named for St. André Bessette. While there, they took the opportunity to renew their vows on the November 29th Feast of All Saints of the Seraphic Order. The Mass, presided by Friar Michael, was celebrated in the shrine chapel located just over the tomb of Brother André. Following the Mass and renewal of vows, a festive meal was served and the friars were offered a guided tour of the shrine complex.

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