National Black Catholic History Month

Our pastoral ministry of Holy Cross Catholic Church (Durham, NC) opened National Black Catholic History Month with the November 3rd tribute “Honoring Our Elders” in the parish. Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and pastor of Holy Cross, Fr. Bart Karwacki, OFM Conv. opened the celebration with The Prayer of the Elderly Christian. A panel of elders described their experiences as Black Catholics, after being led in by an African drummer. (video 1) (video 2)

If you are in the Durham area, join the parishioners of Holy Cross Catholic Church for their next Holy Cross Book Club Series. Afternoon and Evening Sessions will be held on Mondays: November 25, December 2 and December 9. The Holy Cross Book Club will be reading and discussing “Faithful and Free,” the new (2019) biography of Sr. Thea Bowman, written by Father Maurice Nutt.
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October 31, 2019: Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and Province JPIC Chairman, Fr. Michael Lasky, OFM Conv. was present during a group reflection held at the Pontifical Faculty Theological St. Bonaventure Seraphicum (Rome), on the 800th anniversary of the meeting between St. Francis of Assisi and the Sultan al-Kamil, and the document on human brotherhood for world peace and common coexistence, signed on February 4, 2019, by Pope Francis and the Great Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb. Speakers included author and scholar – Sr. Kathleen Warren, OSF, President of the Pontifical Council for Culture – His Eminence Cardinal Giafranco Ravasi, President of CO.RE.IS – Imam Yahay Sergio Yahe Pallavicini, and Missionary in Syria & Little Sister of Jesus Paola Francesca. Moderate the meeting was the Apostolic Vicar of Beirut – Most Reverend César Essayan, OFM Conv.
The signing of the document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together, as well as continued dialogue have opened even more the road to a conviction, as we cannot live together without mutual dialogue, acceptance and respect. “This is what we hope and seek to achieve with the aim of finding a universal peace that all can enjoy in this life.”

Article on the Curia’s Website

After Friar Michael’s return to the USA,
the Saint Francis Forum 2019 Muslim-Christian Dialogue
will be hosted at our Shrine of St. Anthony, in Ellicott City, MD. Event Tickets

News from the Novitiate

Our Lady of the Angels Province Novice, friar Christopher M. Fernández, OFM Conv. (lighter habit) is pictured here with the rest of his Novitiate Class and his Novice Director & friar of St. Bonaventure Province, Br. Joseph Wood, OFM Conv. (at right). St. Bonaventure Province also has a Novice in this class, friar Michael Hintze, OFM Conv., and Our Lady of Consolation Province has three friar Novices – friar Alex Gould, OFM Conv., friar Roberto Macias-Marin, OFM Conv. and friar Joshua Sherls, OFM Conv.

In our desire to offer the novices some local culture, St. Bonaventure Province friar – Br. Joseph Wood, OFM Conv. (Novitiate Director) and Our Lady of the Angles Province friar – Fr. Maurice Richard, OFM Conv. (Novitiate Assistant Director) annually lead a visit to the nearby homestead of the Dana family. The Dana Adobe,” located in the nearby town of Nipomo, CA was the original 1837 Mexican land grant offered to William Dana, a sea captain from Boston, and a Roman Catholic convert with 21 children. Our novitiate property in Arroyo Grande, CA is located within the 39,000 acre boundary of the former ranch. As the town of Nipomo continues to restore the house and grounds of this Cultural Center, we too have added our assistance in the creation of a pioneer kitchen garden, now known as “The Franciscan Garden.” Inspired by the recent encyclical, Laudato Si,” and the progress being made at the Little Portion Farm (Ellicott City, MD) our novices are also working beside professionals and volunteers in an appreciation of “caring for creation” through organic horticulture.

If you feel life as a Franciscan Friar Conventual may be a part of your vocation discernment journey, contact Our Lady of the Angels Province Vocation Director, Br. Nicholas Romeo, OFM Conv. at

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40 Days for Life 2019

40 Days for Life is an internationally coordinated 40-day campaign that aims to end abortion locally through prayer and fasting, community outreach, and a peaceful all-day vigil in front of abortion businesses. During the 40 Days for Life (Sept. 25-Nov. 3), our pastoral ministry of St. Paul Roman Catholic Church, in Kensington, CT has  joined in prayerful solidarity with people all over the world in an effort to end abortion, to save the lives of the innocent, and to transform the hearts and minds of those supporting the abortion industry. This photo is from the Saturday, September 26, 2019, when Outdoor Stations of the Cross were led by Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Fr. Michael Englert, OFM Conv. (Parochial Vicar) and several parishioners and participants, who gathered on their beautiful Parish Green as part of the 40 Days for Life campaign. More information for 40 Days for Life events in their area have been listed via the  St. Paul Parish Culture of Life Ministry. In addition, on Monday October 14, 2019, Eucharistic Adoration with be held in St. Paul Church, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. If you live in the area or will be visiting the area on October 14th, consider joining them.

For other events throughout our province ministries, visit our Locations page, follow the link to the ministry nearest you, and contact them directly.


Wine at the Shrine – a Festival for Little Portion Farm

In collaboration with the Franciscan Center of Baltimore (the recipient of all the food harvested at our Little Portion Farm ministry – Ellicott City, MD) and our Shrine of St. Anthony, our Little Portion Farm ministry is hosting the first annual Wine at the Shrine!
This family-friendly festival will take place, next door to the farm, on the grounds of the shrine! All proceeds will support the mission of Little Portion Farm and in turn the beneficiary of its harvests – the Franciscan Center of Baltimore.

2019 Wine at the Shrine Festival
Date: Sunday, October 13, 2019
1:30pm – 6:00pm

Location: Shrine of St. Anthony
12290 Folly Quarter Rd, Ellicott City, MD 21042
(For ticket information call 410-531-2800 or


September 16, 2019 article by our province JPIC Chairman – Fr. Michael Lasky, OFM Conv., published by Rome’s Pontificia Facoltà Teologica San Bonaventura Seraphicum.

JPIC – Farm Focus

Little Portion Farm’ Restores Land While Providing Produce For Those In Need: “Those who lovingly work their small expanse fields reap enough not only for ourselves but for others,” Friar Mike said.

World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation

On August 6, 2015 – the Feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord,
Pope Francis established September 1st, as the
World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.

On this fourth anniversary, let us reflect on his closing paragraph:
“In expressing my hope that, as a result of wide cooperation, the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation will be inaugurated and develop in the best way possible, I invoke upon this initiative the intercession of Mary, Mother of God, and of Saint Francis of Assisi, whose Canticle of the Creatures inspires so many men and women of goodwill to live in praise of the Creator and with respect for creation. As a pledge of spiritual fruitfulness, I impart my Apostolic Blessing to you, Eminent Brothers, and to all those who share in your ministry.”


Let us heed these words as we continue to develop cooperative care for all creation.
For some more information on our province efforts, visit JPIC!

St. Philip Benizi – School Supply Ourtreach

Parishioners of our Jonesboro – GA pastoral ministry of St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church, purchased backpacks and filling them with school supplies such as binders, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, pens, pencils, pencil cases, erasers, crayons, glue sticks, and scissors. Their efforts helped to equip a large number of the community’s school children, promoting a positive start to the school year. Included in the backpacks and school supply bags were cards and notes of support, so the students will know that parishioners are praying for a successful school year. The parishioners, staff, volunteers and our friars serving there (Fr. John Koziol, OFM Conv. – Pastor, Fr. Vincent Gluc, OFM Conv. – Parochial Vicar, Fr. Luis Palacios Rodríguez, OFM Conv. – Parochial Vicar, and Fr. Martin Breski, OFM Conv. – Photo Cred), hope this act of giving, you reflect an example of “living” our Catholic Social Teachings and our call to serve others; reaching out to our surrounding communities. Members of the Parish Social Justice Committee and supporting ministries distributed the backpacks and school supplies to children on Thursday, July 25, 2019. They also collected slightly used preschool–high school aged books, for the students to peruse. Each child selected a book to take home. Friar John offered a welcoming and prayer at the start of the distribution event, including a blessing on the students, teachers, staff and volunteers at the area schools, as well as a blessing on the generous donors. 

Members of the Parish Youth Group helped facilitate lunch for all of the participants.


Latin American Bishops
Medellín, Colombia
September 6, 1968
I. The Latin American Situation and Peace
1. If “development is the new name for peace,”1 Latin American under-development with its own characteristics in the different countries is an unjust situation which promotes tensions that conspire against peace. We can divide these tensions into three major groups, selected, in each of these, those variables which constitute a positive menace to the peace of our countries by manifesting an unjust situation. When speaking of injustice, we refer to those realities that constitute a sinful situation; this does not mean however, that we are overlooking the fact that at times the misery in our countries can have natural causes which are difficult to overcome. In making this analysis, we do not ignore or fail to give credit to the positive efforts made at every level to build a more just society. We do not include this here because our purpose is to call attention to those aspects which constitute a menace or negation of peace.