From December 4 -7, 2021, our Minister General, the Most Reverend Fr. Carlos Trovarelli, OFM Conv. visited with our province friars, while staying in our Portiuncula Friary, in Ellicott City, MD. After a few days of meeting and visits with a few of our local friaries, on December 6th, Father General celebrated a private Mass for all of our friars who were able to join him, in our Chapel at The Shrine of St. Anthony, followed by a fraternal meal. Also visiting with him was our Order’s Assistant General of the CFF and a friar of our province, Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv., who concelebrated at the Mass and proclaimed the Gospel. Since Father General is Argentinian, he preached the Homily in Spanish, so Fr. Chris Dudek, OFM Conv. translated the Homily in English for our friars present. Student friar Edgar Varela, OFM Conv. read the 1st Reading and Psalm. Solemnly Professed Friar Richard Rome, OFM Conv. read the Universal Prayer. Around 40 friars were in attendance, including three friars from the Kraków Prowincja św. Antoniego i bł. Jakuba Strzemię w Polsce [Province of St. Anthony and Bl. James of Strepar in Poland]. The Very Reverend Fr. Marian Gołąb, OFM Conv. (Kraków Minister Provincial), Friar Jakub Czajka, OFM Conv. (Kraków Province Treasurer), and Friar Piotr Sarnicki, OFM Conv. (Kraków Delegate to the United States) who are visiting our province in regards to the many Polish friars of their province who live and serve with our friars.
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