Toronto Parish Welcomes Franciscan Guest Homilist from Kingston

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Friar David Collins at St. John the Apostle Parish in Kingston, Ontario

Last Sunday, Conventual Franciscan Friar David Collins was a guest homilist at St. Bonaventure Parish in Toronto, Ontario. In his homily, a recording of which we offer you here, Friar David reminded his congregation that only God decides who is good or bad. We have to reserve judgement on people and simply urge them to repent. The truth is that with God’s strength and support, we can all distance ourselves from our sins.

A parishioner at St. Bonaventure Parish during his youth, Friar David became the community’s pastor in the 1980s. Currently, he serves as pastor of St. John the Apostle Parish in Kingston, Ontario. He has been at this busy community since 2004.


Patrick Greenough’s Homily for Young People

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Friar Patrick Greenough 

The Militia Immaculata is an international movement of some four million Catholics who encourage people in need to embrace the Catholic faith and to find spiritual nourishment by consecrating themselves to the Virgin Mary. The movement was founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, a Conventual Franciscan, in 1917. In the United States and Canada, Conventual Franciscan Friar Patrick Greenough is the movement’s president.

The Militia Immaculata is very inclusive, accepting Catholics of all ages, including youth and young adults. Some time ago, Friar Patrick Greenough offered a homily that is now included on the MI Youth and Young Adult webpage. The homily – titled “Seek, Ask, and Knock” – asks young people as they move towards adult life to keep their eyes open for the presence of God in their midst as they try to act honourably and justly while always knowing that God answers our prayers and gives us what we need. 


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.