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US Franciscans Speak Out on Immigration Ban

The leadership of the US Franciscans have issued a statement against the president's recent travel ban. They say: The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide...

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Let Us Begin Again

t. Bonaventure tells us that towards the end of his life St. Francis would tell the other friars: "Let us begin again, brothers, for up until now, we have done little or nothing." One of Francis's other biographers, Friar Thomas of Celano, tells us...

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Merry Christmas

The story is told that St. Francis was discussing with Br. Morico about whether to fast or not when Christmas falls on a Friday.

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Happy Thanksgiving

From our family to yours, may you have a most Happy Thanksgiving. A prayer of Thanksgiving by St. Francis of Assisi: “All-powerful, most holy , Almighty and supreme God, Holy and just Father, Lord King of heaven and earth we thank You for Yourself.”

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Junípero Serra and Beyond

The Academy of American Franciscan History presented a seminar on on Junípero Serra and Franciscan Missiology at the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., Oct. 21-22. In a talk on the more modern Franciscan missions to China, a friar asked, “What do the Chinese missions have to tell us today? That Franciscans are willing to go to the peripheries.”

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Franciscan Friars Week Proclaimed

The Village of Spires in Oldenburg, Indiana, has designated the week of Oct. 2-8 as Franciscan Friars Week. They write: Whereas, the founder of the Village of Spires, Father Franz Joseph Rudolf, nearing sister death, requested that the very order that helped him to...

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News from US Franciscans

US Franciscans Speak Out on Immigration Ban

The leadership of the US Franciscans have issued a statement against the president's recent travel ban. They say: The recent actions of President Donald J. Trump regarding the treatment of immigrants and refugees entering our country have been troubling to a wide...

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Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

News from the OFM English-speaking Conference

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Singing friar Alessandro to be featured in PBS special

Friar Alessandro, called the “Voice from Assisi”, will be heard across the United States in a PBS special to air in March. The special features Friar Alessandro in a concert recorded in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi on the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron...

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Canadian friar ordained a Transitional Deacon

EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA - In a small and intimate celebration on December 3, Br. Joseph Glaab, OFM, was ordained to the Transitional Dicaconate at the chapel of St. Francis Friary here in Edmonton.The celebration was attended by several friends, Joe’s brother Peter,...

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Christmas Message from the ESC

12/23/2016 0 Comments                                                                                                                                               Christmas 2016 Throughout this year we, in Ireland, have been commemorating the 100th anniversary of the...

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Christmas Letter of the General Minister

The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who lived in a land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing. (Isaiah 9, 1-2)​My dear Brothers, and Friends of the Franciscan family,May the Lord give you...

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Lithuanian Friars hold Christmas Creche event

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA - The Province of St. Casimir, based in Lithuania, recently held an event called WELCOME JESUS TOGETHER WITH ST. FRANCIS which invited paticipants to create their own Christmas creche.The friars invited families and other interested people to make...

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Singing friar Alessandro to be featured in PBS special

Friar Alessandro, called the “Voice from Assisi”, will be heard across the United States in a PBS special to air in March. The special features Friar Alessandro in a concert recorded in the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi on the Feast Day of St. Cecilia, the patron...

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News from the General Curia in Rome

ofm.org posts

Chapter of Mats of the Brazilian Franciscan Family

17 Mar Chapter of Mats of the Brazilian Franciscan Family Posted on March 17, 2017 in News by Alvin Te, OFM On the third centenary of the apparition of the Virgin of Aparecida, the Conference of the Franciscan Family of Brazil (CFFB) celebrates its 50 years of...

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This morning, five student friars were installed in the Ministry of Reader by Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen. Congratulations to Brothers John Boissy of St. John the Baptist Province, and Javier Del Angel De Los Santos, Aaron Richardson, Roberto Serrano and Jay Woods of Holy Name Province, who are pictured here with Fr. Kevin and Fr. Joe Rozansky, director of post-novitiate formation. Please pray for them! ... See MoreSee Less

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USfranciscans

This morning, five student friars were installed in the Ministry of Reader by Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen. Congratulations to Brothers John Boissy of St. John the Baptist Province, and Javier Del Angel De Los Santos, Aaron Richardson, Roberto Serrano and Jay Woods of Holy Name Province, who are pictured here with Fr. Kevin and Fr. Joe Rozansky, director of post-novitiate formation. Please pray for them! ... See MoreSee Less

Local US Franciscan News

Apparently Sister Death had a second vacant seat in her chariot. We have learned of the death of Fr. Charles Payne, O.F.M., earlier today, March 29, 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending. Please keep Fr. Charles in your prayers. ... See MoreSee Less

Apparently Sister Death had a second vacant seat in her chariot.  We have learned of the death of Fr. Charles Payne, O.F.M., earlier today, March 29, 2017.  Funeral arrangements are pending.  Please keep Fr. Charles in your prayers.

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I hope that someone somewhere will be able to pray for my soul after I die, but, then again, I'm hoping that my soul won't need praying for after I die.

May Fr. Charles's soul and the souls of all of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

🙏🙏🙏🙏

With Deepest Sympathy

Join us tonight, 7:30 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery for evening prayer and faith sharing based on next Sunday's Gospel. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us tonight, 7:30 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery for evening prayer and faith sharing based on next Sundays Gospel.

Fr. Simeon Fiedler, OFM (1892-1945), was born in Detroit, Mich., on Feb. 23, 1892. He received the habit in 1912 and was ordained in 1919. His ministry was primarily pastoral but he was an award-winning photographer, especially of people and places of the South and Southwest. Passion Play archives reveal that Fr. Simeon worked with the 1945 production, just months before he died in November during a benediction service.

Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/

How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn…
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Fr. Simeon Fiedler, OFM (1892-1945), was born in Detroit, Mich., on Feb. 23, 1892. He received the habit in 1912 and was ordained in 1919. His ministry was primarily pastoral but he was an award-winning photographer, especially of people and places of the South and Southwest. Passion Play archives reveal that Fr. Simeon worked with the 1945 production, just months before he died in November during a benediction service.Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn.html#a-promise-kept

With faith in the resurrection of the body, we request your prayers for Fr. Blane O'Neill, O.F.M., who died yesterday, March 28. There will be a prayer service at St. Thomas Church in Ruston, Louisiana, on Friday, March 30, at 6:00 PM. On Monday, April 3, Fr. Blane will lie in state at St. Thomas beginning at 4:30 PM, with a prayer service in English at 6:00 PM, and in Spanish at 8:00 PM. The Latino community will keep an all night vigil. The funeral will be held at St. Thomas Church at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 4, with burial at St. Paschal Cemetery in West Monroe. A luncheon will be served after the services.

Rest in peace, Fr. Blane.
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With faith in the resurrection of the body, we request your prayers for Fr. Blane ONeill, O.F.M., who died yesterday, March 28.  There will be a prayer service at St. Thomas Church in Ruston, Louisiana, on Friday, March 30, at 6:00 PM.  On Monday, April 3, Fr. Blane will lie in state at St. Thomas beginning at 4:30 PM, with a prayer service in English at 6:00 PM, and in Spanish at 8:00 PM.  The Latino community will keep an all night vigil.  The funeral will be held at St. Thomas Church at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 4, with burial at St. Paschal Cemetery in West Monroe.  A luncheon will be served after the services.Rest in peace, Fr. Blane.

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May perpetual light shine upon him! What a wonderful priest...just from my memory of him when he was on the faculty at St. Joe's in Oak Brook.

May Fr. Blane's soul and the souls of all of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

A great man of God, who was my English teacher. He even gave me an F once. We always enjoyed him talking about "St Louie U". I emailed him a few years ago and thanked him for making me a better person. May he rest in the presence of God.

Hands down toughest and best teacher I ever had. We had a very warm class relationship with him that was hard to understand. Got to see him at Father Jim Lause's ordination and thanked him for his gifts. Incredible man. May he rest in peace.

I thought the world of Fr. Blane!

Always a great friar, teacher and friend, I learned alot from him. Rest in peace.

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Read the entire booklet, Lent with St. Francis 2017, at: http://bit.ly/2mKD7QX ... See MoreSee Less

Read the entire booklet, Lent with St. Francis 2017, at: http://bit.ly/2mKD7QX

Fr. John De Deo Oldegeering OFM (1899-1984), was one of four Oldegeering brothers, all friars. Born in Cincinnati, he was invested in 1918 and ordained in 1926. An exceptional musician, John devoted his talents to teaching, directing and composing liturgical music and was organist at St. Monica Cathedral from 1942-1945. Known as the composer of the friars’ Ultima hymn and the Roger Bacon song, he also accompanied the Passion Play as organist, setting a reverential mood during performances. He retired in 1981 and died at the age of 84.

Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/

How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn…
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Fr. John De Deo Oldegeering OFM (1899-1984), was one of four Oldegeering brothers, all friars. Born in Cincinnati, he was invested in 1918 and ordained in 1926. An exceptional musician, John devoted his talents to teaching, directing and composing liturgical music and was organist at St. Monica Cathedral from 1942-1945. Known as the composer of the friars’ Ultima hymn and the Roger Bacon song, he also accompanied the Passion Play as organist, setting a reverential mood during performances. He retired in 1981 and died at the age of 84.Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn.html#a-promise-kept

Read the entire booklet, Lent with St. Francis 2017, at: http://bit.ly/2mKD7QX ... See MoreSee Less

Read the entire booklet, Lent with St. Francis 2017, at: http://bit.ly/2mKD7QX

This morning, five student friars were installed in the Ministry of Reader by Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen. Congratulations to Brothers John Boissy of St. John the Baptist Province, and Javier Del Angel De Los Santos, Aaron Richardson, Roberto Serrano and Jay Woods of Holy Name Province, who are pictured here with Fr. Kevin and Fr. Joe Rozansky, director of post-novitiate formation. Please pray for them! ... See MoreSee Less

This morning, five student friars were installed in the Ministry of Reader by Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen. Congratulations to Brothers John Boissy of St. John the Baptist Province, and Javier Del Angel De Los Santos, Aaron Richardson, Roberto Serrano and Jay Woods of Holy Name Province, who are pictured here with Fr. Kevin and Fr. Joe Rozansky, director of post-novitiate formation. Please pray for them!

Comment on Facebook

More photos can be found on the Franciscan Interprovincial Post-Novitiate US Facebook page: www.facebook.com/franciscaninterprovincialpostnovitiateus/posts/703719966469413

Congratulations, keeping you in my prayers.

What a wonderful day

2 days ago

SW Franciscans

The friars of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province will celebrate the passage into eternal life of two of our brothers this week:
+ Wayne Gibbeaut, OFM, who died on March 15th in Huntington, WV. His body will be received at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 28th at Holy Family Church, 562 Atrisco, SW in Albuquerque, with his funeral at 10:00 on Wednesday morning, March 29th, also at Holy Family Church. Burial will follow at Mt Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque.
+Ulric Pax, OFM died on March 26th in Albuquerque. His body will be received at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 30th at San Juan Diego Friary, 1350 Lakeview Road, SW, Albuquerque, with his funeral to follow and then burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
While we will miss and mourn their passing, our faith assures us that with over ninety years of combined Franciscan life and over seventy years of combined priestly ministry between them, their reward will be great in Heaven.
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Fr. Bonaventure Kilfoyle, OFM (1897-1965), was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He was invested in 1917 and ordained in 1925. Passion Play archives show that Bonaventure was involved with the production in 1945. In 48 years as a friar he also served in Kansas, Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Arkansas. He died Aug. 18, 1965, in Louisville, Ky., at the age of 67.

Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/

How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn…
... See MoreSee Less

Fr. Bonaventure Kilfoyle, OFM (1897-1965), was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He was invested in 1917 and ordained in 1925. Passion Play archives show that Bonaventure was involved with the production in 1945. In 48 years as a friar he also served in Kansas, Illinois, Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Louisiana, Missouri, Kentucky and Arkansas. He died Aug. 18, 1965, in Louisville, Ky., at the age of 67.Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn.html#a-promise-kept

4 days ago

SW Franciscans

Fr. Ulric Pax Update - Fr. Ulric is still with us, though in a greatly weakened state. He is resting comfortably at San Juan Diego Friary, being carefully attended to by the friars, Hospice workers and other friends. His blood brother, David Pax, left this morning after a visit which began on Wednesday. We believe that Ulric will "go upstairs" as he put it Monday, within the next day or two, though, as many say of the friars, they always do things on their own schedule! Please continue to remember Ulric, his family, the friars and the people with whom Ulric mnistered in your prayers. ... See MoreSee Less

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Franciscan Monastery

The OFM Franciscans have a new website...

Catholic News Service
St. Francis of Assisi always looked for new tools to communicate the Gospel, which is part of the reason the Order of Friars Minor -- the Franciscans -- launched a newly redesigned website, www.ofm.org. We interviewed the order's minister general, Franciscan Father Michael Perry. Full story: wp.me/p5DZKA-37Q
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this is amazing.. thank you Father Michael Perry.....

Local US Franciscan News

Apparently Sister Death had a second vacant seat in her chariot. We have learned of the death of Fr. Charles Payne, O.F.M., earlier today, March 29, 2017. Funeral arrangements are pending. Please keep Fr. Charles in your prayers. ... See MoreSee Less

Apparently Sister Death had a second vacant seat in her chariot.  We have learned of the death of Fr. Charles Payne, O.F.M., earlier today, March 29, 2017.  Funeral arrangements are pending.  Please keep Fr. Charles in your prayers.

Comment on Facebook

I hope that someone somewhere will be able to pray for my soul after I die, but, then again, I'm hoping that my soul won't need praying for after I die.

May Fr. Charles's soul and the souls of all of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

🙏🙏🙏🙏

With Deepest Sympathy

Join us tonight, 7:30 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery for evening prayer and faith sharing based on next Sunday's Gospel. ... See MoreSee Less

Join us tonight, 7:30 p.m., at the Franciscan Monastery for evening prayer and faith sharing based on next Sundays Gospel.

Fr. Simeon Fiedler, OFM (1892-1945), was born in Detroit, Mich., on Feb. 23, 1892. He received the habit in 1912 and was ordained in 1919. His ministry was primarily pastoral but he was an award-winning photographer, especially of people and places of the South and Southwest. Passion Play archives reveal that Fr. Simeon worked with the 1945 production, just months before he died in November during a benediction service.

Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/

How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn…
... See MoreSee Less

Fr. Simeon Fiedler, OFM (1892-1945), was born in Detroit, Mich., on Feb. 23, 1892. He received the habit in 1912 and was ordained in 1919. His ministry was primarily pastoral but he was an award-winning photographer, especially of people and places of the South and Southwest. Passion Play archives reveal that Fr. Simeon worked with the 1945 production, just months before he died in November during a benediction service.Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn.html#a-promise-kept

With faith in the resurrection of the body, we request your prayers for Fr. Blane O'Neill, O.F.M., who died yesterday, March 28. There will be a prayer service at St. Thomas Church in Ruston, Louisiana, on Friday, March 30, at 6:00 PM. On Monday, April 3, Fr. Blane will lie in state at St. Thomas beginning at 4:30 PM, with a prayer service in English at 6:00 PM, and in Spanish at 8:00 PM. The Latino community will keep an all night vigil. The funeral will be held at St. Thomas Church at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 4, with burial at St. Paschal Cemetery in West Monroe. A luncheon will be served after the services.

Rest in peace, Fr. Blane.
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With faith in the resurrection of the body, we request your prayers for Fr. Blane ONeill, O.F.M., who died yesterday, March 28.  There will be a prayer service at St. Thomas Church in Ruston, Louisiana, on Friday, March 30, at 6:00 PM.  On Monday, April 3, Fr. Blane will lie in state at St. Thomas beginning at 4:30 PM, with a prayer service in English at 6:00 PM, and in Spanish at 8:00 PM.  The Latino community will keep an all night vigil.  The funeral will be held at St. Thomas Church at 9:00 AM on Tuesday, April 4, with burial at St. Paschal Cemetery in West Monroe.  A luncheon will be served after the services.Rest in peace, Fr. Blane.

Comment on Facebook

May perpetual light shine upon him! What a wonderful priest...just from my memory of him when he was on the faculty at St. Joe's in Oak Brook.

May Fr. Blane's soul and the souls of all of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.

A great man of God, who was my English teacher. He even gave me an F once. We always enjoyed him talking about "St Louie U". I emailed him a few years ago and thanked him for making me a better person. May he rest in the presence of God.

Hands down toughest and best teacher I ever had. We had a very warm class relationship with him that was hard to understand. Got to see him at Father Jim Lause's ordination and thanked him for his gifts. Incredible man. May he rest in peace.

I thought the world of Fr. Blane!

Always a great friar, teacher and friend, I learned alot from him. Rest in peace.

+ View previous comments

Read the entire booklet, Lent with St. Francis 2017, at: http://bit.ly/2mKD7QX ... See MoreSee Less

Read the entire booklet, Lent with St. Francis 2017, at: http://bit.ly/2mKD7QX

Fr. John De Deo Oldegeering OFM (1899-1984), was one of four Oldegeering brothers, all friars. Born in Cincinnati, he was invested in 1918 and ordained in 1926. An exceptional musician, John devoted his talents to teaching, directing and composing liturgical music and was organist at St. Monica Cathedral from 1942-1945. Known as the composer of the friars’ Ultima hymn and the Roger Bacon song, he also accompanied the Passion Play as organist, setting a reverential mood during performances. He retired in 1981 and died at the age of 84.

Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/

How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn…
... See MoreSee Less

Fr. John De Deo Oldegeering OFM (1899-1984), was one of four Oldegeering brothers, all friars. Born in Cincinnati, he was invested in 1918 and ordained in 1926. An exceptional musician, John devoted his talents to teaching, directing and composing liturgical music and was organist at St. Monica Cathedral from 1942-1945. Known as the composer of the friars’ Ultima hymn and the Roger Bacon song, he also accompanied the Passion Play as organist, setting a reverential mood during performances. He retired in 1981 and died at the age of 84.Where to see the Passion Play:
http://www.stjohnpassionplay.org/How it all began:
http://2016.sjbnewsnotes-franciscan.org/031716-enn.html#a-promise-kept

This morning, five student friars were installed in the Ministry of Reader by Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen. Congratulations to Brothers John Boissy of St. John the Baptist Province, and Javier Del Angel De Los Santos, Aaron Richardson, Roberto Serrano and Jay Woods of Holy Name Province, who are pictured here with Fr. Kevin and Fr. Joe Rozansky, director of post-novitiate formation. Please pray for them! ... See MoreSee Less

This morning, five student friars were installed in the Ministry of Reader by Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen. Congratulations to Brothers John Boissy of St. John the Baptist Province, and Javier Del Angel De Los Santos, Aaron Richardson, Roberto Serrano and Jay Woods of Holy Name Province, who are pictured here with Fr. Kevin and Fr. Joe Rozansky, director of post-novitiate formation. Please pray for them!

Comment on Facebook

More photos can be found on the Franciscan Interprovincial Post-Novitiate US Facebook page: www.facebook.com/franciscaninterprovincialpostnovitiateus/posts/703719966469413

Congratulations, keeping you in my prayers.

What a wonderful day

2 days ago

SW Franciscans

The friars of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province will celebrate the passage into eternal life of two of our brothers this week:
+ Wayne Gibbeaut, OFM, who died on March 15th in Huntington, WV. His body will be received at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, March 28th at Holy Family Church, 562 Atrisco, SW in Albuquerque, with his funeral at 10:00 on Wednesday morning, March 29th, also at Holy Family Church. Burial will follow at Mt Calvary Cemetery in Albuquerque.
+Ulric Pax, OFM died on March 26th in Albuquerque. His body will be received at 10:00 am on Thursday, March 30th at San Juan Diego Friary, 1350 Lakeview Road, SW, Albuquerque, with his funeral to follow and then burial at Mt. Calvary Cemetery.
While we will miss and mourn their passing, our faith assures us that with over ninety years of combined Franciscan life and over seventy years of combined priestly ministry between them, their reward will be great in Heaven.
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