Syracuse Hospital Opens St. Marianne Cope Museum

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Friar Brad Milunski (second from the left) and Friar James McCurry (second from the right)

with a number of Franciscan Sisters in Syracuse, New York

St. Marianne Cope who lived from 1838 to 1918 co-founded and worked at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse, New York with her fellow Franciscan Sisters. The sisters brought a novel approach to the hospital for that time (in the late 1860s and 1870s) because they welcomed patients from all cultural and religious backgrounds. This loving focus St. Marianne Cope brought with her to Hawaii where starting in the 1880s she cared for men and women suffering from Hansen’s disease or leprosy.

The Conventual Franciscans have taken great inspiration from St. Marianne Cope as they too continue to care for the most vulnerable people of Syracuse’s Northside neighbourhood. The friars have been serving this area since the mid 19th century.

When on July 1, 2014, St. Joseph’s Hospital opened a St. Marianne Cope Museum, the rector of Assumption Parish, Friar Brad Milunski, as well as the Minister Provincial of Our Lady of the Angels Province, Friar James McCurry participated in the museum’s dedication ceremony. Their participation in the ceremony highlighted the friars’ support and collaboration with the sisters on Syracuse’s Franciscan Ministries project.

(Source: OLA Province.)

Reno’s Little Thrift Shop is a Success

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Conventual Franciscan Friar Francisco Nahoe, the rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, Nevada

Almost four months ago, St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, Nevada started a new ministry in the shape of “The Little Thrift Shop”. Stocked with clothing, furniture and other items for the home, “The Little Thrift Shop” has experienced growing sales and donations of objects that Reno’s more vulnerable residents need. Numbers of volunteers at the shop are increasing as well. They help make the 380 square foot facility on 94 East Glendale Avenue work smoothly while always being kind and helpful to the men and women who are its customers.

“The Little Thrift Shop” is one of several ministries at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral that confront Reno’s social challenges. The cathedral’s rector, Conventual Franciscan Friar Francisco Nahoe, comes from a long tradition of service. The founder of his Order, St. Francis of Assisi, after his conversion, spent his life telling people about God’s love for them and helping them in any way that he could.


(Source: OFM Conv.)

Moving to Baltimore

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Friar Peter Tremblay

After three years of service to St. Paul Parish in Kensington, Connecticut, Conventual Franciscan Friar Peter Tremblay is moving to Baltimore, Maryland. He will teach theology in Baltimore’s Archbishop Curley High School, an institution that the Conventual Franciscans have been serving since its founding in 1961.

Last Sunday, Friar Peter said goodbye to St. Paul parishioners in an emotional homily. He admitted to the community that they have shaped who he is today as a priest. For this he will be forever grateful.

Originally from Orchard Park, New York (near Buffalo), Friar Peter arrived at St. Paul Parish as a deacon three years ago. The parish’s pastor, Friar Robert Schlageter and the entire St. Paul community helped him prepare for the work of a priest as he continued to serve them. In 2012, the Conventual Franciscan Bishop Gregory Hartmayer of Savannah ordained Friar Peter to the priesthood at St. Paul Parish. 


Franciscan Scholar from Louisiana Coming to Preach at the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio

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Friar Kenneth Davis

Conventual Franciscan Friar Kenneth Davis is the spiritual director at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana, north of New Orleans. He is very close to this 125 year old community, as could be seen not long ago when the school’s seminarians threw him a party on May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) to celebrate the anniversary of his priesthood. The very enjoyable celebration included the breaking open of a piñata.

Friar Ken became a professed Conventual Franciscan in 1980 and completed his graduate work at the Interamerican Theologate of Central America (San Jose, Costa Rica) and the Pacific School of Religion in Berkley, California, from which he earned a doctorate.

Over the years, Ken has devoted a lot of time to research on faith and the Hispanic community in the United States. His knowledge and continuing work in this particular field have helped him in various ministry positions in the past. These have included amongst others the presidency of the National Catholic Council for Hispanic Ministry and the directorship of formation for Hispanic ministry at St. Meinrad School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana.

Friar Ken has also written more than a dozen books and 50 articles on a variety of faith topics. This August during the feast of the Assumption, he will preach at the Basilica and National Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.


A Tour of London

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(left to right) Friar James McCurry, Friar Max, Friar Colton, and Friar Patrick

Last month, Friar James McCurry flew to the United Kingdom to attend a board meeting at the Franciscan International Study Centre (FISC) in Canterbury where students study theology and Franciscan traditions. The FISC is also a place for research as well as conferences and other learning opportunities. Friar James is the Minister Provincial of Our Lady of the Angels Province, which serves the eastern United States, Canada, as well as the United Kingdom and Ireland. He resides in Ellicott City, Maryland.

During his time in England, Friar James gave three younger friars, Max, Colton, and Patrick a tour of London. One of their stops was the former location of the Grey Friars Monastery, where the Conventual Franciscans resided from 1225 until 1538. The monastery was the Order’s second home in England. The first friary the Conventual Franciscans founded in Canterbury in 1224. Both were forced to close under the rule of King Henry VIII.

The tour of London was an enjoyable and informative experience for Friars Colton, Max, and Patrick. It helped them remember the long history of their Order and its international breadth. Conventual Franciscan Friars after all serve in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, the rest of Europe as well as in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, and Australia.

(Source: OLA Province.)

St. Anthony of Padua Helps and Inspires

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Friar Ray Mallett

In June, Conventual Franciscan Friar Ray Mallett spoke to the parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Hermosa Beach, California about St. Anthony of Padua. The Franciscan’s feast day was coming up and Friar Ray who is the parish’s pastor urged the men, women and children of Our Lady of Guadalupe to reach out to St. Anthony when they find themselves in complicated situations. Indeed, he pointed out that he himself has reached out to St. Anthony during challenging times. And St. Anthony has always responded.

St. Anthony of Padua inspires many people around the world, including the parishioners of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Hermosa Beach where the tradition of St. Anthony’s Bread brings in many donations that have had a positive impact on our most vulnerable brothers and sisters in places far away from southern California, including Central America and Vietnam.