June 17, 2019 Summary of Bulletin – Holy See Press Office

Audience with the participants in the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual: At midday today, in the Clementine Hall of the Vatican Apostolic Palace, the Holy Father Francis received in audience the participants in the General Chapter of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual.

The following is the Pope’s address to those present:

Fraternal Pentecost Celebration

On June 9, 2019 (Pentecost Sunday) our friars of the Portiuncula Friary (Provincial House – Ellicott City, Maryland) hosted many friars from the local area, including the student friars who are serving on our JPIC ministry’s Little Portion Farm this summer, to a Crab Feast, which included steamed crabs, crab cakes, coleslaw, corn on the cob and watermelon & berries. It was a great afternoon of relaxation after the St. Anthony Festival at our Shrine of St. Anthony the day before. Luckily the group included a few “Baltimore Boys” who could give a lesson or two on how to pick steamed blue crabs. 

120th Successor of St. Francis

Our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. with Newly Elected Minister General, the Most Reverend Fr. Carlos Alberto Trovarelli, OFM Conv.

On May 25, 2019, during the 202nd Ordinary General Chapter of our Order (May 18-June17, 2019) the capitulars elected Friar Carlos Alberto Trovarelli, OFM Conv. as the new Minister General. The election took place at the Sacro Convento, in Assisi and he took his oath of office in the tomb of St. Francis. Friar Carlos is from Argentina and belongs to the “Rioplatense” Province of St. Anthony of Padua in Argentina-Uruguay. Prior to his election as Minister General, Friar Carlos served as Assistant General for the Federación América Latina Conventuales (FALC). On May 27, 2019 the election of the General Definitory took place.

Vicar General : Fr. Jan Maciejowski, OFM Conv.
Minister Provincial of the Poland (Gdańsk) Province of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe
Secretary General : Fr. Tomasz Szymczak, OFM Conv.
Secretary General of the Chapter and a member of the Poland (Warsaw) Province of the Immaculate Mother of God
Assistant General (FIMP): Fr. Giovanni Voltan, OFM Conv.
Minister Provincial of Northern Italy’s Province of St. Anthony of Padua)
Assistant General (FEMO): Fr. Tomáš Lesňák, OFM Conv.
Provincial Custos of the Slovakian Custody of the Immaculate Conception of the B.V.M.
Assistant General (FAMC): Fr. Benedict Seung-jae Baek, OFM Conv.
Confirmed for another term
Assistant General (CFF): Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv. (of our province)
Confirmed for another term
Assistant General (CEF): Fr. Dominique Mathieu, OFM Conv.
Not a part of the Chapter – Friar of the Provincial Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land
Assistant General (FALC): Bro. Rogério Pereira Xavier, OFM Conv.
Brazil’s Province of St. Francis
Assistant General (AFCOF): Fr. Anthony Bezo Kutiero, OFM Conv.
Provincial Custos of Ghanan Custody of St. Anthony of Padua

The seven Our Lady of the Angels Province Friars who are participating in the General Chapter left to right – lower to upper: Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv. (Elected Delegate); Fr. Jude Winkler , OFM Conv. (Assistant General); Fr. Tim Kulbicki, OFM Conv. (Elected Delegate); Fr. David Blowey, OFM Conv. (Auditor); Fr. Vincent Rubino, OFM Conv. (Interpreter); Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. (Minister Provincial of Our Lady of the Angels); Very Reverend Fr. Michael Zielke, OFM Conv. (Minister Provincial of St. Bonaventure Province)

Week Two:

The Mass Celebration of the Feast of the Visitation (Friday, May 31, 2019) was presided over by our own Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. In addition, our own province friar and Assistant General of the CFF, Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv. gave the homily. In the photo to the left, taken from the Chapter’s Website Post for May 31st, you can see Fr. James flanked by our own Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv. Fr. Jobe is an Elected Delegate for the Chapter who serves our province as Province Delegate to the M.I., as well as Provincial Delegate of our Province Delegation of St. Francis of Assisi (Canada). Read More

All of the homilies, including several more presented by Fr. Jude, (plus many more videos from the General Chapter) can be found on the Curia Generalizia OFMConv YouTube channel’s playlist – Capitolo generale 2019

Congratulations Deacon John Paul

The moment Baltimore Archbishop William Lori lay his hands upon Deacon John during the Ordination Mass, held at Baltimore’s Cathedral of Mary our Queen.

On Saturday, May 25, 2019, several of our friars attended the Diaconate Ordination of the fourteen new Permanent Deacons for the Archdiocese of Baltimore. One of the newly ordained, John Paul Micciche, is a graduate of our own Archbishop Curley High School and a parishioner from our pastoral ministry of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church, in the Rosedale community of Baltimore. He will now serve as a deacon within the “Pastorate” that includes St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church, the Church of the Annunciation, and St. Michael the Archangel Church. Our friars serving this pastorate include Fr. Timothy Dore, OFM Conv. (pastor), Fr. John Ruffo, OFM Conv. (parochial vicar), Fr. George Sabol, OFM Conv. (pastoral associate) and Fr. Romuald Meogrossi, OFM Conv. (pastoral associate). Many years ago, before he embraced the committed vocation of husband and father, Deacon John was in discernment to be a member of our Franciscan Friars Conventual Community. There were ten friars in attendance at the ordination: Friar Romuald, Friar George, Friar John, Friar Tim, Fr. Vincent Gluc, OFM Conv. (parochial vicar at St. Philip Benizi Catholic Church – Jonesboro, GA), Fr. Donald Grzymski, OFM Conv. (president of Archbishop Curley High School), Fr Dennis Grumsey, OFM Conv. (pastor of the Baltimore pastorate including St. Casimir Church & St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church), Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv. (vicar provincial for our province), Fr. Justin Ross, OFM Conv. (Delegate for Religious for the Archdiocese of Baltimore), and Fr. Christopher Dudek, OFM Conv. (instructor and campus minister at Archbishop Curley).

Br. Duffy & Elms’ Men in Nursing

Br. Michael Duffy, OFM Conv. and the Men in Nursing Chapter of the students at the Elms College School of Nursing Baccalaureate Pinning – May 15, 2019. Graduates and their families were invited to attend this special occasion.

The Baccalaureate Nursing Pinning Ceremony celebrated the nursing class of 2019. The Men in Nursing Chapter started with a grant from Our Lady of the Angels Province – St Anthony’s Bread Fund. Br. Duffy stated: “We are very grateful for the funding, and helping us give a little more voice to the great men who come to the Elms to pursue nursing.”

Congratulations Fr. Stephen!

On May 9, 2019, Fr. Stephen King, OFM Conv. received a PhD from the Graduate Theological Union, during the 2019 Commencement Exercises held at Zaytuna College, in Berkeley, CA.

Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Area of Study:
Christian Spirituality
Dissertation Title

Prisms of Perfection: The Vita Icon Images of Saint Francis of Assisi as Revelatory and Transformative of Franciscan Spirituality
The vita icons of Saint Francis presented beholders with a likeness of the developing spirituality of the nascent Franciscan movement. Today these images impart presences of Saint Francis that have the capacity to serve as loci for transformative religious experience in the lives of adherents of this spiritual tradition within the broader sphere of Christian spirituality.

Congratulations to Friar Stephen!

Consecration to the Immaculate

Consistent with our Franciscan charism and tradition of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our province plans to more fully tap into this devotion from our Kolbean heritage, through the example of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe, OFM Conv. and the continued efforts of his Militia of the Immaculata’s (M.I.) unconditional consecration to the Immaculate. With a view to promoting consecration to the Immaculate among the faithful served through the ministries of our friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province, Fr. Jobe Abbass, OFM Conv., who serves as our Province MI Assistant, has begun an M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries. Over the next few years, Friar Jobe will preach at the Masses to encourage the faithful to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate and to enroll in the M.I.  So far, Friar Jobe and our friars serving as pastors have mapped out a partial schedule through January 2020.

On the weekend of May 11-12, 2019, Fr. Sebastian Karamvelil, OFM Conv. welcomed Friar Jobe to St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, (Ottawa, Ontario) for the first stop on our M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries. Mother’s Day weekend was made all the more special by honoring Our Blessed Mother, in this way. The response of the faithful at the Masses was excellent and many more have promised to entrust themselves to Mary in the days and weeks to come. Pictured above is a sampling of the parishioners who have already made a Personal Consecration to the Immaculate.

St. Ignatius Martyr Parish, (Ottawa, Ontario)