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.
Virtually pray the Stations of the Cross with our friars of St. Bonaventure Friary, in Toronto, ON
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.
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)
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. 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)
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.
Wednesday, February 17th, is Ash Wednesday!
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.
In the future, the magazine plans to create versions in different languages.
On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., Friar Dominique Joseph Mathieu, OFM Conv., the current Assistant General for the Centralis Europae Foederatio (CEF) will be ordained a bishop by the imposition of hands and consecratory prayer of His Eminence, Leonardo Cardinal Sandri, Prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches. The ceremony will take place at the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles in Rome.