MONTREAL, Quebec – The OFM Franciscan provinces of St. Joseph (Eastern Canada) and Christ the King (Western Canada) are pleased to announce their upcoming union. This union will mark the end of a process begun several years ago.

​​You are invited to the public celebration, which will mark this amalgamation:

Monday, October 22, 2018, at 7 p.m.
St. Albert Church
7 St. Vital Avenue
St. Albert, Alberta

​This historical union will merge the two Canadian Franciscan provinces into one entity facing a future that is rich with promise.

During this Liturgy of the Word, the name of the new provincial minister of the province will be announced. The new logo representing the new entity will also be unveiled at that time.

Following the union of the two Canadian Franciscan provinces, the new province will include 87 Franciscan brothers from the ages of 32 to 97.

Currently, Canadian Franciscans are present in Quebec (Montreal, Lachute, Trois-Rivières), British Columbia (Vancouver and Victoria) and Alberta (Edmonton and Cochrane).

The main characteristics of Franciscans are devotion and humility as they live their vows of chastity, obedience and having nothing of their own. The work of the Canadian brothers includes ministry with the poor and the homeless, support work in the area of addictions, parish ministry, retreats, high school chaplaincy, university teaching, and spiritual accompaniment with Secular Franciscans.

“As Canadian Franciscans, we must rebuild our structures for the evangelization of the world of tomorrow. We must draw our inspiration from St. Francis of Assisi, Pope Francis and God himself,” said Friar Jean-Pierre Ducharme OFM, a member of the transition committee.

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Jim McIntosh

Director, US Franciscans Communications at US Franciscans
A former missionary to Perú and Bolivia, I am now working half-time at a parish in New Jersey and half-time as director of communications for US Franciscans.
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