Encounter at Sydney Parish Leads Young Man to Find the Franciscans

Encounter at Sydney Parish Leads Young Man to Find the Franciscans

Friar Jerome Westernberg is a Franciscan Conventual from Australia. St. Bonaventure Province...

Retired Priests and Religious Need Our Help

Retired Priests and Religious Need Our Help

Franciscan Friar Conventual Victor Abegg and St. Paul Parish in Pismo Beach, California (which...

Julio Martinez Embraces Franciscan Life

Julio Martinez Embraces Franciscan Life

  Earlier this month, Franciscan Friar Conventual Julio Martinez professed his Solemn...

Come Glimpse the Richness of Franciscan Life

Come Glimpse the Richness of Franciscan Life

  If you have been wondering what Franciscan life looks like, we share with you below a...

In Panna Maria, Texas, Pilgrims Retrace Polish and Franciscan History to the 19th Century

In Panna Maria, Texas, Pilgrims Retrace Polish and Franciscan History to the 19th Century

Friar Paul Schlomer is the formation director for Our Lady of Consolation Province, a...

  • Encounter at Sydney Parish Leads Young Man to Find the Franciscans

    Encounter at Sydney Parish Leads Young Man to Find the Franciscans

    Saturday, 17 December 2016 06:39
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    Retired Priests and Religious Need Our Help

    Tuesday, 20 December 2016 02:33
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    Julio Martinez Embraces Franciscan Life

    Wednesday, 21 December 2016 19:52
  • Come Glimpse the Richness of Franciscan Life

    Come Glimpse the Richness of Franciscan Life

    Friday, 23 December 2016 16:47
  • In Panna Maria, Texas, Pilgrims Retrace Polish and Franciscan History to the 19th Century

    In Panna Maria, Texas, Pilgrims Retrace Polish and Franciscan History to the 19th Century

    Wednesday, 28 December 2016 18:14

Franciscan Campus Minister takes students on a Mission Trip

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University of Texas at El Paso Campus Ministry students made history having their first Spring Break Alternative Mission Trip. Their Campus Minister, Friar Andy Martinez, organized the trip along with friars in Topowa, AZ. Students learned about the Tohono O'Odham Native American community and culture. 
 
Here are a few testimonies from the students: 
 
"Having the opportunity to go on the mission trip was one of the most unforgettable experiences I could have. Not only were we able to help and interact with the people of Tohono O'odham but they also taught us so much. These wonderful people opened their arms, culture, and home in order for us to fully understand and experience who they are." -Jazmine Castro, Sophomore at UTEP

" The mission trip was an eye-opening experience that really put things into perspective for me. It wasn't until learning about the vastly different environment of Topawa, AZ that I realized the infinite presence of blessings that are present both away and at home. My devotion to service in ministry will now carry the unique experience and memory of being with the people, environment, and everything that falls into the O’odham Himdag (their way of life)."- Angel De La Rosa, Graduate Students at UTEP
 

"The people I saw and met in Topawa, Arizona have forever changed my views on how life should be seen and how I need to bring back prosperity to not only my life but to my Himdag (culture) and family back at home. A Himdag is a "way of life" that tells how a person should interact with the world and the best way is to keep balance.I set myself out to be educated however not only was I educated, I was humbled, enriched and left with a peaceful mind, heart and soul. Leaving to come home brought me heartache and tears.Thank you to the people of Topowa, Arizona, you have left a mark on my heart."-Leah Rodriguez, Senior at UTEP
 
 
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UTEP Group, Campus Minsiter Friar Andy, and Friar Ponchi stand in front of church. 
 
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(left) Evelyne Perales and Jacob Samaniego, help rake leaves during the Work Day. 
 
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Student Angel De La Rosa, talks to the boy while cleaning up the church yards. 

"Come and See" March 2017

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On the weekend of March 3-5, 2017, Our Lady of the Angels Province hosted a Come and See weekend; the opportunity for men in discernment to spend some time living with and better understanding the life, charism and ministry of our friars.  Our March 2017 participants were from Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia, and Mexico City.  The group gelled well and were very open and receptive to the talks given by Friar Emanuel Vasconcelos, OFM Conv. (in his last year of formation) Br. Jim Moore, OFM Conv. (Definitor and Guardian of St. Bonaventure Friary – Post Novitiate, Silver Spring, MD) and Fr. Emmanuel Acquaye, OFM Conv. (a friar from Ghana’s Provincial Custody of St. Anthony of Padua, of the Italian Province of St. Anthony of Padua, who is currently in studies at Loyola University Maryland, while living with our province friars and helping serve at our ministry of the Shrine of St. Anthony, in Ellicott City, MD).   Our friars in formation shared their vocation stories, their home (St. Bonaventure Friary – Post Novitiate, Silver Spring, MD) and a delicious meal with the participants.

 

There was a true sense of “province” over the weekend, rather than participation in a “vocation office” event, and the experience of fraternitas was palpable.  If you would like more information on how you can participate in the next Come and See, please contact our Vocation Director, Fr. Russell Governale, OFM Conv.

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Welcome

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Peace and all Good from the Franciscan brotherhood! The Conventual Franciscans are one of the three branches of the First Order of St. Francis. The word Conventual is derived from the Latin convenire, "to come together"; hence we live together in "convents" or friaries. Our Order is spread throughout the world, and includes about 4500 priests and brothers who are all commonly called Friars. Our Franciscan brotherhood includes four provinces in North America, and a jurisdiction in the UK and Ireland. We wear a black or gray habit with a simple three-knotted cord representing our Vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. The Spiritual Center of the Order is in Assisi, Italy, where our Friars care for the Basilica of St. Francis, which includes his tomb. In addition, the Conventuals are the Vatican confessors at St. Peter's Basilica. In Christ's name, we continue the ministry of healing so fundamental to the understanding of Saint Francis.

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