Franciscan Friar Marks 25 Years of Priestly Life

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Friar Martin Day is the Franciscan Conventual pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Terre Haute, Indiana. He celebrates daily Mass, provides pastoral care, and generally makes himself available to his parishioners.

St. Benedict parishioners came out one recent evening to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friar Martin’s ordination to the priesthood. Friends and family also took part in this event. It started off with a Mass during which Friar Martin preached and concluded with a meal. Friar Martin talked with many well-wishers on this occasion and thanked them for their support.

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New Mexico Parish Reflects on the Year of Mercy

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Friar Valentine Jankowski and Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and Parish in Tortugas, New Mexico (of which Friar Valentine is pastor) marked the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Our Lady of Guadalupe held weekly Tuesday for Mercy events throughout the year and saw a number of its parishioners visit four local pilgrimage sites. The community also established a presidium of the Legion of Mary. And although the year of Mercy has concluded, Friar Valentine points out that the Lord’s Mercy is eternal. We too must continue to be merciful to others.

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Franciscan on Retreat is Eager to Return to the Connecticut Parish Where He is Pastor

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Friar Robert Schlageter is the pastor of St. Paul Parish in Kensington, Connecticut. Recently, he was away from the parish for two weeks to attend a retreat program in Los Altos, California with his Franciscan Conventual brothers from across the United States. At the retreat he prayed, bonded with other friars, listened to talks on St. Francis and Franciscan life, and generally found himself spiritually refreshed.

This spiritual refreshment has energized Friar Robert for his work at St. Paul Parish. At the end of his retreat, he was eager to return home and continue serving his parishioners. His faith community is looking at merging with another parish not far from Kensington. Friar Robert wants to make sure that all the people involved in this process have a spiritual home and the opportunity to grow in their relationship with God.

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Castro Valley Parish Is Ready to Help People in Need

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The Franciscan Friars Conventual who serve Our Lady of Grace Parish in Castro Valley, California are aware that the coming time is one of faith and community. Thanksgiving and then Advent and Christmas allow us to reconnect with our families and friends and grow in our faith. The friars know all too well however that many of our brothers and sisters need a little assistance in what should otherwise be a joyous time.

To offer this assistance to folks in the Castro Valley area who might need it, the friars and parishioners at Our Lady of Grace Parish are involved in a number of programs. These include the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the Holiday Food Boxes program, and the Fesco and Castro Valley Outreach Christmas Giving Tree campaign.

Each one of these programs will bring much needed assistance, whether it be nourishment or something else, to people who through a variety of circumstances are facing challenging times. Our Lady of Grace Parish wants to help them during this festive season and also throughout the coming year.

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Franciscan from Malta Spent 40 Years Serving the People of Australia

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The Franciscan Friars Conventual are active in dozens of countries around the world, including Australia. Several months ago, the friars from that country gathered at the Shrine of the Holy Innocents in Kelleyville for a retreat and assembly. The shrine is one of their ministries.

The theme of the friars’ retreat was “The Franciscan Charism of Mercy”, which tied in with the Year of Mercy. Friar Carl Schafer, the retreat director, spoke on the theme very eloquently, inspiring his listeners to deeper vocation.

Bishop Vincent Long of Parramatta joined his Franciscan brothers on one of the retreat days. The friars were delighted to speak and pray with him. They were sad however to bid Friar Emmanuel Gatt farewell. Friar Emmanuel has served the people of Australia for four decades. A native of Malta, he has now returned to his country.

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