September 7, 2022: During the third Ordinary Chapter of our Province’s Blessed Angellus of Pisa Custody (Great Britain and Ireland – aka The Greyfriars), held at the Loreto Spirituality Centre, in Llandudno, North Wales, in the UK, Friar Maximilian M. Martin, OFM Conv. was elected Provincial Custos. Friar Maximilian is the third Custos of the Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody, which was established as a custody of our province, in 2013. He first professed his Simple Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience, as a Franciscan Friar Conventual, on May 18, 2012. He professed his Solemn Vows as a friar of Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody, on September 10, 2015, was Ordained a Transitional Deacon on August 6, 2016, and was Ordained to the Priesthood on March 25, 2017. Since September 2018, he has served the Custody as Secretary, Definitor & Associate Formation Director, and in November of 2020 also took on the roles of Prefect of Formation and Vocation Director.
The election and selection of the Custodial Vicar, Custodial Secretary, Custodial Econom and Exactor, and the Definitors of the Custody took place September 7th:
- Custodial Vicar – Friar Colin Edwards, OFM Conv.
- Custodial Secretary – Friar Kevin Hanley, OFM Conv.
- Custodial Econom and Exactor (known as the Bursar) – Friar Rory Doyle, OFM Conv.
- Definitors of this Custody –
Friar Kevin Hanley, OFM Conv.
Friar Ieremiah-Catălin “Jeremiah” Budau, OFM Conv.
Friar Rory Doyle, OFM Conv.
Friar Colin Edwards, OFM Conv.
Friar Maximilian reflects on his vocation journey:
NOTE: Our Lady of the Angels Province includes friars living and serving on the East Coast of the USA, as well as friars of our two Province Custodies: Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody (Great Britain and Ireland) and Immaculate Conception Custody (Brazil), and friars of our Province Delegation of St. Francis of Assisi (Ontario, Canada), under the leadership of our Minister Provincial, Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv., who was on hand to facilitate the September 5-9, 2022 Ordinary Chapter of our Province’s Blessed Angellus of Pisa Custody. Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and Assistant General (CFF), Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv. [pictured top left] was also present for this 3rd Ordinary Chapter of our Province’s Blessed Angellus of Pisa Custody. (Article on the Curia’s website)
Our province is grateful to Friar Ciprian Budău, OFM Conv. [4th from top right], a friar of the Province of St. Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Romania), who has served as Provincial Custos of our Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody, since September 2017, and to Friar Peter Damian Massengill, OFM Conv., a friar of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation (USA), who served as the first Provincial Custos.