The Conventual Franciscan Friars have been serving at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio for more than 100 years. The basilica is home to the friars and the many important events in their lives such as professions. On August 22, 2014, for example, Friar Bryan Hajovsky professed his Solemn Vows at the basilica (please see the video below). His Minister Provincial Friar Jim Kent received the vows, which see a friar commit himself to Conventual Franciscan life for the rest of his days. He inspired Friar Bryan, other friars as well as Bryan’s friends and family with a homily that asks Franciscans to bring Christ’s love to our suffering brothers and sisters.
Friar Bryan currently calls the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation home. He ministers to visiting pilgrims and teaches Spanish at the nearby parish school. Originally from Texas, he is kind and engaging and always ready to reach out to anyone in need of help. Being a Conventual Franciscan Friar is his true calling in life.
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