Presented by Franciscan Voice, “Behind the Quill” is a series of living history stylized conversations with the authors of the Synoptic Gospels.
The 1st in the series is a 30 minute interview with ST. MARK, the 1st Evangelist, as he stops by to talk about his Gospel, with Friar Tim. In this presentation, St. Mark explains how he came to know about Jesus, even though they never met, then wrote what he says may be the most important book ever. (Created by our friars of St Bonaventure Friary, Toronto, ON)
Our Franciscan Friars Conventual located at the Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City, Maryland are now making our Franciscan Soy Candles on-site. What started as a hobby for Brother Andre became a ministry for the Franciscan Charity Fund in 2012. Today, with Br. Andre as an advisor, Brother Brian has taken over the handcrafting of theses custom made wood wick, soy candles. These candles are Friar made in the USA.
Former Custos of the General Custody of the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Italy (Assisi) appointed Vicar General of His Holiness for Vatican City, Archpriest of the Papal Basilica of St. Peter in the Vatican and President of the Fabric of St. Peter.
The logo below was conceived by Friar Carlos Roberto de Oliveira CHARLES and realized by the designer Felipe POGGIANELLA. Within it, one can see the tau and the Franciscan coat of arms. The number 75 finishes with a star and a stylized moon representing the Immaculate Conception.
Ash Wednesday looks a bit different at our ministries this year. Outdoor Services, Livestreamed Masses, Ash Sprinkling, and additional varied worship opportunities are the new normal. These efforts made by our friars and the ministries in which we serve will help us be able to continue to celebrate this Lenten Season, while adhering to pandemic protocols.
Above is a video of the Mass celebrated at our pastoral ministry of Our Lady of Hope Catholic Church with Fr. Michael Lasky, OFM Conv. (Pastor & Province JPIC Chairman) assisted by our student friar currently serving as Director of The Franciscan Center, also in Coal Township) while in his Apostolic Year of Formation – friar Richard Rome, OFM Conv.
Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Peter Tremblay, OFM Conv., Associate Chaplain for Catholic Life at Elon University, distributes ashes by sprinkling on the top of a student’s head, during a 9:00 a.m. Prayer Service in the University’s Lindner Amphitheater. Friar Peter also facilitated four more worship opportunities on campus, for the Elon Community, including an Outdoor Ecumenical Service and a 9:00 p.m. Indoor Mass.
Above is a video of the Mass celebrated at our pastoral ministry of Assumption Church, in Syracuse NY, with Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Nicholas Spano, OFM Conv. (Parochial Vicar)
Our Lady of the Angels Province friars, Fr. Pedro De Oliveira, OFM Conv. (Pastor of St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ) and Fr. Marek Stybor, OFM Conv. (Parochial Vicar) visited the classrooms at their parish school to distribute ashes and blessed the school’s new chapel.
Above is the Gospel Reflection presented by Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Gerry Waterman, OFM Conv. who serves as Campus Minister for Syracuse University (SU & SYNY-ESF) Catholic Campus Ministry.
Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Dennis Grumsey, OFM Conv. – Pastor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Pastorate including St. Casimir Church and St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, distributes ashes in the classroom, at St. Casimir Catholic School.
Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Timothy Dore, OFM Conv (Pastor of the Archdiocese of Baltimore Pastorate including St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church, St. Michael the Archangel Church and the Church of the Annunciation RCC) celebrated a “School Mass” for the virtual students of St. Michael – St. Clement School, as well as for in-person parishioners. The students had a retreat day with the theme St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church. During retreat, each grade took the opportunity to go over to church and participate in Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. (above)
Mass was celebrated in the Archbishop Curley High School Gym as well as in the Suehle Auditorium to accommodate the safe spacing of the students. Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and President of Curley – Fr. Donald Grzymski, OFM Conv. was principal celebrant in the auditorium with the Curley Choir leading the music, and Fr. Chris Dudek, OFM Conv. (Campus Minister & Instructor) concelebrating. One of our friar-instructors serving at the school – Fr. Bryan Hajovsky, OFM Conv. was the principal celebrant in the gym, with the Praise Band providing the music.
Newman Student Center Parish in Chapel Hill, NC: Due to COVID restrictions and the unpredictability of crowd sizes for Ash Wednesday, the Newman Catholic Community in Chapel Hill, NC, forewent Masses or Liturgies of the Word with distribution of ashes in favor of a more mobile approach. Our Lady of the Angels Province friars, Fr. Tim Kulbicki, OFM Conv. – Pastor & Campus Minister and Fr. Bill Robinson, OFM Conv. – Parochial Vicar & Associate Campus Minister, together with staff and volunteers, organized drive-through (7-9:00 a.m. & 5-7:00 p.m.) and walk-up (Noon-1:30 p.m.) distribution of ashes. A Liturgy of the Word with the blessing of ashes was uploaded to YouTube with an email link notification to parishioners. About 75 cars drove through in the morning shift (which began at dawn with the temperature a balmy 28˚), with another 150 cars in the evening shift, and approximately 300 walk-ups. Each family group or student received a “swag bag” containing a brochure of Newman’s Lenten offering; a daily meditation resource for Lent; a Newman Lenten holy card; and a CRS Operation Rice Bowl.
Throughout the year, several of the friars of province offer special reflections to aid in your personal prayer life and spiritual journey. Fr. Michael Martin, OFM Conv., who serves as the Director of Campus Ministry of Duke Catholic Center often provides a series each season. For Lent 2021, a new video will be added each week and shared in this post. Check out the Duke Catholic Center on YouTube for all of the videos presented through the years, including weekly Masses.
Friar Michael and his team provide students with not only these video reflections, but several other tools can be found on their website (Lent at Duke) to help the faithful to be more engaged in their Lenten Season. For those who are unable to join in person for Ash Wednesday Mass, the Duke Catholic Center has created a “Lent 2021 Memo,” with spiritual tools for growth, calming prayer, penance ideas and tips on finding a saint to identify with this season.
In conjunction with the efforts of the Maryland Catholic Conference, Little Portion Farm’s Outreach Coordinator & JPIC Assistant Director ~ Farmer Matt Jones, and student friar ~ br. Cristofer M. Fernández, OFM Conv. lead us in today’s prayer for elected officials, on location at our province’s Little Portion Farm on the grounds of The Shrine of St. Anthony (Ellicott City, MD).
Little Portion Farm uses sustainable methods that respect and care for the land. The produce harvested from the farm is donated to help people in need in Baltimore. For more information on Catholic Advocacy Day (February 16, 2021) visit the Advocacy Day Virtual Site.