Last fall, the Franciscan Mission Association (FMA) appealed to help provide clean drinking water to villages in Ghana, West Africa, via the “Wells for Ghana” project. Through the generosity of benefactors, the friars were able to turn one well into THREE!
Each summer, the FMA brings Friar Missionaries serving in other countries to speak at our pastoral ministries; preaching appeals on behalf of the FMA. Friars of our own province, who have served as missionaries, also participate. Fr. Emmanuel Oposika Acquaye, OFM Conv. is a friar of the Provincial Custody of St. Anthony of Padua in Ghana (of the Italian Province of St. Anthony of Padua in Northern Italy) who has been living, studying and working in our Province. He has preached FMA Mission Appeals since his arrival in the USA several years ago. In March of 2018, he was the subject of a video filmed by our FMA, at our Shrine of St. Anthony (Ellicott City, MD). In it he explained the great need for a source of clean drinking water in many villages in Ghana.
Thank you, to all who contributed to this effort!
For more information, visit the FMA Website’s “Ways to Give” page.
September 21, 2019: The parish community of The Franciscan Church of St. Bonaventure, in Toronto, Ontario marked the 40th Anniversary of Friar Peter’s Ordination with a special Liturgy followed by a festive gathering at the Parish Centre.
Ordained to the Priesthood in May of 1979, Friar Peter has served for decades, in pastoral ministry at St. Bonaventure. He currently serves the people of God, as Associate Pastor.
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.
Our Lady of the Angels Province Vicar Provincial – Fr. Michael Heine, OFM Conv. (center) concelebrated the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Blue Mass, on Sunday, September 27, 2019.
Presiding at the Mass was Archbishop William E. Lori. Bishop Adam J. Parker and Our Lady of the Angels Province friars, Fr. Chris Dudek, OFM Conv. (2nd from left) and Fr. Dennis Grumsey, OFM Conv. (Pastor – pictured 2nd from right) also concelebrated the 10:00 a.m. Blue Mass, at our pastoral ministry of St. Casimir Church (Baltimore) – honoring Maryland men and women in law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical technical, military and other first responders serving at the federal state and local levels in the region. The event was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Maryland Catholic War Veterans.
After the Mass, the parishioners and friars enjoyed some fellowship and a crab feast, with those who travelled from our pastoral ministries in Chicopee, MA and in Shamokin, PA, to join in the celebrations.
Former Custos of the Provincial Custody of St. Francis of Assisi & now the Newly Elected Definitor for the newly formed Province of St. Francis of Assisi in Kenya – Fr. Kazimierz Szulc, OFM Conv., Minister Provincial of Our Lady of the Angels Province – Very Reverend Fr. James, Minister General of our Order – Most Reverend Fr. Carlos Trovarelli, OFM Conv. and the First Minister Provincial of newly formed Province of St. Francis of Assisi in Kenya, the Very Reverend Fr. Obed Karobia, OFM Conv.
September 25-27, 2019: Our Minister Provincial, the Very Reverend Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv. traveled to celebrate with the Franciscan Friars Conventual of the newly established Province of St. Francis. The new borehole project there was funded by our province, in order to supply water for our Franciscan House of Studies in Lang’ata, Nairobi. Prior to its installation, for over six months, the 60 friars there had no water, as their well went dry at 93 meters. The newly installed borehole is now 400 meters.
While in Kenya, Friar James was able to visit the National Shrine of Our Lady, in Nakuru’s Subukia Sub-County. Administered by our Franciscans for over 10 years, the Shrine was the site of the September 26th inauguration celebration for the newly established Province of St. Francis – formerly a Custody of the Gdansk Province of St. Maximilian M. Kolbe (Poland). The Shrine is located about 4 hours northwest of Nairobi and was the site of most of the festivities. It is situated directly upon the Equator and also includes a small open-air mosaic chapel (photo insert at left) constructed by the Friars on the Equator line. Friar James was honored to be invited to speak at the Province’s Inaugural Mass and give a toast at the reception.
Friar James and Friar Marek in front of the Shrine.
Also in attendance from our province was Fr. Marek Stybor, OFM Conv. Friar Marek was formerly a friar of the Gdansk Province who served as one of their early missionaries in Kenya. Friar Marek is now a friar of our province, serving as Parochial Vicar at our St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church pastoral ministry in Point Pleasant Beach, NJ. Fr. Jerzy Auguścik, OFM Conv., a friar ad tempus of the Gdansk Province, serving in pastoral ministry for our province, as Parochial Vicar at Our Lady of Hope Parish (Coal Township), Mother Cabrini Catholic Church (Shamokin), and St. Patrick Parish (Trevorton) joined in the celebrations as well, as did Our Lady of the Angels Province friar and Assistant General of our Order (CFF), Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv.
At the Inaugural Mass of new Province in Kenya: Friar Marek, Friar Jerzy, Friar Jude, Friar James, with another friar of the Gdansk Province serving in the USA, as Parochial Vicar of St. John Kanty RCC, in Clifton, NJ – Friar Boguslaw Czerniakowski, OFM Conv.
In memory of his sister + Lillian H. Waddy, who died on June 1, 2017 of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS – also knowns as Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Our Lady of the Angels Province friar, Bro. Ed Handy, OFM Conv. joined some of his family members, to participate in the annual 3 Mile “Walk to Defeat ALS” held in the Canton Waterfront area of Baltimore (MD); an awareness event and fundraiser to support research studies in ALS.
Originally from Baltimore, Bro. Ed retired last year after 30 years of ministry with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ. He began his ministry with them in 1988 as a teacher of special education with the Mt. Carmel Guild School for Students with special needs. Eight years later, he was assigned to St. Bridget’s Transitional Housing and Supportive Services Program for Homeless Men Living with HIV/AIDS. He spent 22 years there, serving as a residential counselor. Friar Ed now lives back in his home town of Baltimore, in our St. Casimir Friary.
Consistent with our Franciscan charism and tradition of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our province has been progressing in our efforts 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 completed part one of the ninth successful and rewarding stop on our Province 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.
St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church ~ Baltimore, MD (Rosedale Community)
St. Michael the Archangel Church ~ Baltimore, MD (Overlea Community)
Church of the Annunciation ~ Baltimore, MD (Rosedale Community)
On the weekend of September 21-22, 2019, the Our Lady of the Angels Province friars serving one of the two Pastorates of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for whom we serve welcomed Friar Jobe on the first part of his ninth stop, of our Province M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries. The Baltimore County pastorate includes St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church, St. Michael the Archangel Church and the Church of the Annunciation. The second Archdiocese of Baltimore Pastorate where friars of our province serve is located in Baltimore City.
Fr. Tim Dore, OFM Conv. (pastor) Fr. John Ruffo, OFM Conv. (parochial vicar), Fr. George Sabal, OFM Conv. (pastoral associate) and Fr. Romuald Meogrossi, OFM Conv. (pastoral assistant & Guardian of the friary) reside in St. Michael Friary, in the Overlea area of Baltimore County. Often friars from other Baltimore area friaries, serving in other ministries, assist their confreres of these two Archdiocese of Baltimore Pastorates. On this particular weekend, Fr. Chris Dudek, OFM Conv., who lives in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Friary and serves in ministry at our Archbishop Curley High School (Baltimore), came to assist with Masses at St. Michael the Archangel Church, and presided at the Mass where Fr. Jobe preached. He is pictured in the group photo from St. Michael the Archangel Church below – centered under Fr. Jobe.
Sampling of the St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church Parishioners
Sampling of the St. Michael the Archangel Church Parishioners
Sampling of the Church of the Annunciation Parishioners
After being warmly received by the friars who reside at St. Michael Friary, Fr. Jobe was quickly able to appreciate the extent of the ministry involved here. With a total of ten Masses in the three parishes, Fr. Jobe was only able to preach at five of the Masses this past weekend. Next weekend, September 28-29, 2019, he will return for part II of the ninth stop of our Province M.I Initiative Tour, to preach at the remaining five. A great many of the parishioners responded positively regarding Marian Consecration and the M.I. in general, a sampling of whom are pictured above, along with Friar Jobe and Friar Tim.
On Monday afternoon (September 23, 2019), Friar Jobe visited with St. Michael-St. Clement School’s “Children of Mary.” Friar Jobe spoke to the students about the Militia Immaculata and total consecration to the Immaculate. The school Principal, Mr. Paul Kristoff, joined the students for the presentation, as well. (Friar Tim – left, Friar Jobe – 2nd to left)
On Sunday, October 20, 2019, our province’s Blessed Agnellus of Pisa Custody (known as the Greyfriars of Great Britain/Ireland) will celebrate the Simple Profession of Fr. Terence Bateman, OFM Conv., friar Kyle Banks, OFM Conv. & friar Peter Flynn, OFM Conv., at The Friary, in Oxford, where Fr. Terence spent his time in Novitiate and where friar Kyle and friar Peter began their journey as friars; deepening their understanding of religious life in preparation for the Novitiate and being vested in the habit of our Order. Since November 2018, Friars Kyle and Peter have spent their time in Novitiate at our InterProvincial Novitiate in Arroyo Grande, CA. Fr. Terence will keep his name, but friar Kyle will take the name John Paul, and friar Peter will take the name George. Please keep these men in your prayers.
Fr. Terence being clothed by Fr. Jesmond Pawley, OFM Conv. (Custodial Vicar) and Fr. Colin Mary Edwards OFM Conv. (Most Recently Ordained Friar of the Custody – July 4, 2019). He was Invested in our habit and entered the Novitiate on October 31, 2018.
Friars Peter (3rd from right) and Kyle (2nd from right) entered the InterProvincial Novitiate, November 2018
Consistent with our Franciscan charism and tradition of devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, our province has been progressing in our efforts 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 completed the eighth successful and rewarding stop on our Province 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.
St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church, in Athol Springs (Hamburg), NY
On the weekend of September 14-15, 2019, several Our Lady of the Angels Province friars serving in the Athol Springs, NY area, including ~ Fr. Ross Syracuse, OFM Conv. (Friary Guardian and Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Roman Catholic Church) and Br. Daniel Geary, OFM Conv. (Chaplain of our Fr. Justin Rosary Hour) warmly received Friar Jobe to the eighth stop on our M.I Initiative Tour of our pastoral ministries.
On this eighth stop on our Province M.I Initiative Tour, parishioners were quite positively engaged. Many of the 500 attending the Masses decided to make their consecration to the Immaculate and enroll in the M.I. In the photo are some of the parishioners along with Friar Jobe (green vestments – center), Friar Ross (in habit – front) and Friar Daniel (in habit – over the shoulder of Friar Jobe).