Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore Welcomes Its New President

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Towards the end of the summer Conventual Franciscan Friar Donald Grzymski became President of Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore, Maryland. He knows the school very well, having graduated from it in 1970.


Friar Donald’s close relationship with Archbishop Curley High School also continued after his graduation. He spent his apostolic year (1975 to 1976) at the school. He returned in 1980 and until 1988 fulfilled the ministries of guidance counselor, teacher, and assistant principal. Then in 1994 he began working at Archbishop Curley High School as principal and subsequently as president.


In the seven years of his tenure, he helped raise $3 million for the school in a capital campaign; enhanced its many facilities and welcomed a growing number of enrolled students. Bounding with faith and energy, Friar Donald will in his current tenure make sure that the school and the students who call it home grow spiritually and academically. He will also do what he can to maintain Archbishop Curely’s very high standard.


(Source of image with story: St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Parish, Baltimore, Maryland.)

New Rector at Assumption Parish in Syracuse Gets to Know the Community by Volunteering at the Parish’s Food Pantry

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Father Timothy


Conventual Franciscan Friar Timothy Dore had for many years served the people of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Brooklyn, New York. Not long ago, after Our Lady of the Angels Province’s Chapter in Buffalo, he received a new ministry, namely to work as rector of Assumption Parish in Syracuse.


Saying goodbye to the people he served for so long in Brooklyn was not easy, but Friar Timothy understood that God was calling him to Syracuse. He arrived there earlier this month. And to get a sense of the people and the community, one of the first things that he did was join Friar Jerry Payne and other volunteers at the Assumption Food Pantry where he gave out food and spoke with residents from the community.


Friar Timothy was born in Baltimore, Maryland and studied history and theology at Mount St. 

Mary's University in Emmitsburg (also Maryland). Besides his work as parochial vicar at Most Holy Trinity in Brooklyn, Friar Timothy served the parishioners of St. Stanislaus Basilica in Chicopee, Massachusetts as well as the students and staff of Archbishop Curley High School in Baltimore.


(Source of image: Assumption Parish, Syracuse, New York.)

Conventual Franciscan is Ordained to the Transitional Diaconate in Washington, D.C.

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Conventual Franciscan Friar Gabriel Scasino’s friends and family were delighted when on September 6, 2014 Auxiliary Bishop Barry C Knestout of Washington ordained Friar Gabriel to the transitional diaconate. The celebration – which included a Mass and Ordination – took place at the Crypt Church inside of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. The shrine is next door to The Catholic University of America where many friars are or have been students and where the Conventual Franciscans run the campus ministry.

Currently, Friar Gabriel runs the campus ministry at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. Gabriel’s home in Georgia is the thriving St. Philip Benizi Parish in Jonesboro.


(Source of image: OLA Province.)


St. Joseph of Cupertino and the Friars He Continues to Inspire

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San Giuseppe da Copertino si eleva in volo alla vista della Basilica di Loreto

This Thursday (September 18), we celebrate the feast of St. Joseph of Cupertino. Joseph was born in the Italian town of Copertino in 1603 and wanted to be a Franciscan early on in life. He was a troubled individual and a poor student. An effort to become a Capuchin Franciscan failed.  Later an uncle assisted him in entering the Conventual Franciscan Order. And even though his studies as a Franciscan still gave him difficulties, he was able to prepare for the priesthood, pass all necessary tests and eventually become ordained.

Today we remember, St. Joseph of Cupertino for his deep love for Jesus and the Virgin Mary. His love was so powerful that it thrust him into ecstasy and caused him to levitate. To learn more about St. Joseph of Cupertino, please take a look at Friar Peter Mallin’s biography of the saint.


Incidentally, the Conventual Franciscan province that Friar Peter belongs to is named after St. Joseph of Cupertino. It covers California, Nevada and a mission in Vietnam. The friars who belong to the province find inspiration in St. Francis of Assisi and St. Joseph of Cupertino both of who lived the Gospel life in poverty, chastity and obedience.


They are involved in many ministries that improve people’s spiritual lives as well as their physical wellbeing. Just one example of their most recent work is the Heart to Hand Clinic that provides healthcare at the St. Thomas Aquinas Basilica in Reno to those who do not have adequate insurance coverage. Friar Francisco Nahoe is the rector of the basilica. He worked with Heart to Hand’s founders Dr. Shaheen Ali and his wife Behtany Weber to get the clinic running.


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Serving Wherever There is a Need

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Friar Lazaro Sandoval had until recently been the associate pastor at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hermosa Beach, California. He had grown very close to the community the members of which also cared for him deeply. A lot of his time at Our Lady of Guadalupe was involved in the Hispanic Ministry. In this ministry, Friar Lazaro celebrated the midnight mariachi Mass on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, organized a mission and generally listened to the needs of the parish’s Spanish speakers.

Last month, Friar Lazaro’s time at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish ended. St. Paul’s Church in San Pablo, California needed a priest after the community’s beloved pastor died. So Friar Lazaro packed his belongings and drove north to the San Francisco Bay Area town. Although, he is going to miss the good people of Our Lady of Guadalupe he knows that God needs him to serve in San Pablo because the community there is in need.

(Source of image with story: OLG Parish, Hermosa Beach, California.)