News from US Franciscans

Religious Brothers Day

The second annual Religious Brothers Day is being held today, May 1, 2018, on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. Rooting his life deeply in God, the Brother consecrates all creation, recognizing the presence of God and the Spirit’s action in creation, in cultures...

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Franciscans March for Our Lives

A number of Franciscans joined hundreds of thousands of people at the March for Our Lives here on Saturday, March 24. Other Franciscans marched in one of the hundreds of similar marches around the world.

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Merry Christmas 2017

t happened, three years prior to his death, that St. Francis of Assisi decided to celebrate at the town of Greccio the memory of the birth of the Child Jesus with the greatest possible solemnity, in order to arouse devotion. So that...

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Ite Vos Conference to be Streamed

In 1217, Pope Leo X issued the bull “Ite vos,” also known as the “Bulla unionis,” which divided the Franciscan order into two separate families: the Friars Minor of the Regular Observance and the Friars Minor Conventual. On Saturday, Nov. 4, over 100 OFM, OFM...

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16 Men Begin Lives as Franciscans

On Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017, 16 postulants entered the postulancy program for the Order of Friars Minor in the US, at Holy Name College at Silver Spring, Maryland.

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US Franciscans Protest DACA Rescission

We have celebrated the DACA program with “dreamers” as a modern response to the Biblical imperative to “welcome the stranger.” Now, after President Trump’s decision to end the executive action, we commit ourselves to stand in support of and solidarity with “dreamers.”

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News from US Franciscans

Religious Brothers Day

The second annual Religious Brothers Day is being held today, May 1, 2018, on the feast of Saint Joseph the Worker. Rooting his life deeply in God, the Brother consecrates all creation, recognizing the presence of God and the Spirit’s action in creation, in cultures...

read more

Franciscans March for Our Lives

A number of Franciscans joined hundreds of thousands of people at the March for Our Lives here on Saturday, March 24. Other Franciscans marched in one of the hundreds of similar marches around the world.

read more

Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

#FriarFriday – Facing Racism

Well, somebody got the timing right: January 15 is designated by the OFM Franciscans of the English-speaking world as the annual Day of Prayer to End Racism. Landing on a Monday morning, I can only say, “Good timing!”

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#FriarFriday – Refugees All

At this time of year, we hear of the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt for asylum. We also remember a year filled with political rhetoric directed against refugees and migrants.

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Recent #FriarFriday Reflections

#FriarFriday – Facing Racism

Well, somebody got the timing right: January 15 is designated by the OFM Franciscans of the English-speaking world as the annual Day of Prayer to End Racism. Landing on a Monday morning, I can only say, “Good timing!”

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#FriarFriday – Refugees All

At this time of year, we hear of the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt for asylum. We also remember a year filled with political rhetoric directed against refugees and migrants.

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News from the OFM English-speaking Conference

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Merry Christmas 2017

t happened, three years prior to his death, that St. Francis of Assisi decided to celebrate at the town of Greccio the memory of the birth of the Child Jesus with the greatest possible solemnity, in order to arouse devotion. So that...

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Conference meets with General Definitorium | Fall Newsletter

ENGLISH SPEAKING CONFERENCE | ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR                                                                                                         Thomas S. Washburn, OFMPO Box 61128  • New Bedford, Massachusetts 02746 • exec@escofm.org                       ...

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US Franciscans look to future renewal with hope

each made simple statements of why they voted as they did:Kevin Mullen, of Holy Name Province, said, “One new Province provides us with the opportunity to have a vital fraternal experience.  With regard to mission, one new Province allows us to take the core values of...

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US Franciscans statement on Charlottesville violence

8/17/2017 0 Comments FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | August 2017 As followers of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of peace, we, the Franciscans Friars of the United States join with the many public and religious leaders and fellow-citizens who have condemned the recent...

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Merry Christmas 2017

t happened, three years prior to his death, that St. Francis of Assisi decided to celebrate at the town of Greccio the memory of the birth of the Child Jesus with the greatest possible solemnity, in order to arouse devotion. So that...

read more

Conference meets with General Definitorium | Fall Newsletter

ENGLISH SPEAKING CONFERENCE | ORDER OF FRIARS MINOR                                                                                                         Thomas S. Washburn, OFMPO Box 61128  • New Bedford, Massachusetts 02746 • exec@escofm.org                       ...

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News from the General Curia in Rome

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Vesak Day 2018

To our Buddhist brothers and sisters throughout the World, A lotus for world peace, blessings and repentance on this Day of Vesak, in commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Siddharta Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha. On behalf of the Franciscan friars...

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Prayer and Fasting for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

My dear Brothers of the Order, The Lord give you peace! As you are well aware, in the past week there has been an explosion of violence in the Holy Land that has left many dead, thousands injured, and has robbed people of any sense of hope for a just end to this...

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The Advanced School of Medieval and Franciscan Studies

The Advanced School of Medieval and Franciscan Studies is a post-graduate academic centre for those who want to deepen and advance their knowledge of medieval culture, dealing mainly with the historical period between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries. The...

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Franciscans International, Annual Report 2017

As President of the International Board of Directors of Franciscans International, I am pleased to offer you the Annual Report for 2017. This publication presents the main activities of our organization. It highlights the breadth, depth and impact of our work, and...

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Message for the Month of Ramadan 2018

To our Muslim brothers and sisters throughout the World: As-salaamu ‘alaykum! Peace be upon you! On behalf of the Special Commission for Dialogue with Islam of the Order of Friars Minor, it gives me great pleasure once again to extend our greetings to you as you begin...

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Vesak Day 2018

To our Buddhist brothers and sisters throughout the World, A lotus for world peace, blessings and repentance on this Day of Vesak, in commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Siddharta Gautama, Shakyamuni Buddha. On behalf of the Franciscan friars...

read more

Prayer and Fasting for Peace and Justice in the Holy Land

My dear Brothers of the Order, The Lord give you peace! As you are well aware, in the past week there has been an explosion of violence in the Holy Land that has left many dead, thousands injured, and has robbed people of any sense of hope for a just end to this...

read more

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SW Franciscans

This Sunday’s First and Second Reading are built around the concept of the “children of God.” Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that Human Dignity is the cornerstone for how we are to live out our Baptism.

Is is Human Dignity for all? Or do we slip into: ‘Nope, no human dignity for that person’ or ‘I know which groups of people are okay to judge.’

Scripture makes it clear that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God. This radical claim is the source of our belief in the inherent and inviolable dignity of the human person.

Being made in God’s image, we are all God’s children. This is true no matter where we are born and no matter what our economic or social status.

Because it comes from God, human dignity is not something that we can bestow or take away from another person. It is intrinsic to our existence. What we can do is enter into relationships that respect our mutual human dignity.

Too often we fail to do this. Too often we de-humanize our brothers and sisters or shut our ears when they cry out. Failure to recognize the human dignity of each and every person opens the door to all manner of violence and injustice. But how can we truly make human dignity the cornerstone of our relationships?

This question is especially pertinent when we reflect on our relationships with people we may never meet; people who suffer in the far corners of the world and whose names we do not know. Although we may never meet, we still share the same planet and its gifts. These gifts are not simply for our own personal use but are entrusted to us by God for the flourishing of our human family. We are increasingly aware that our actions in one part of the world can affect people who live far away from us. We are interconnected. We are in relationship with all seven billion of God’s children.

[Adapted from Human Dignity: The Cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching Luke Stocking and John Gabor, In Canada Programs, British Columbia]
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This Sunday’s First and Second Reading are built around the concept of the “children of God.”  Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that Human Dignity is the cornerstone for how we are to live out our Baptism.Is is Human Dignity for all? Or do we slip into: ‘Nope, no human dignity for that person’ or ‘I know which groups of people are okay to judge.’Scripture makes it clear that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God. This radical claim is the source of our belief in the inherent and inviolable dignity of the human person.Being made in God’s image, we are all God’s children. This is true no matter where we are born and no matter what our economic or social status.Because it comes from God, human dignity is not something that we can bestow or take away from another person. It is intrinsic to our existence. What we can do is enter into relationships that respect our mutual human dignity.Too often we fail to do this. Too often we de-humanize our brothers and sisters or shut our ears when they cry out. Failure to recognize the human dignity of each and every person opens the door to all manner of violence and injustice. But how can we truly make human dignity the cornerstone of our relationships?This question is especially pertinent when we reflect on our relationships with people we may never meet; people who suffer in the far corners of the world and whose names we do not know. Although we may never meet, we still share the same planet and its gifts.  These gifts are not simply for our own personal use but are entrusted to us by God for the flourishing of our human family. We are increasingly aware that our actions in one part of the world can affect people who live far away from us. We are interconnected. We are in relationship with all seven billion of God’s children.[Adapted from Human Dignity: The Cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching Luke Stocking and John Gabor, In Canada Programs, British Columbia]

The Franciscan HOLY LAND Gift Shop offers unique #HolyLand Keepsakes and Souvenirs.

Connect deeply with the mysteries of the Passion of Our Lord with this collection of relics from the Holy Week Shrines encased in a beautifully carved olive wood wall-mount Gothic Pilgrim Crucifix. Includes small stones from each of the Shrines significant during Holy Week: the Cenacle (Upper Room), Agony of Jesus at Gethsemane, Calvary and the Tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Resurrection of Our Lord).

Shop more #CertifiedAuthentic relics #HolyLandGiftShop: http://bit.ly/2KZS3aR
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The Franciscan HOLY LAND Gift Shop offers unique #HolyLand Keepsakes and Souvenirs.Connect deeply with the mysteries of the Passion of Our Lord with this collection of relics from the Holy Week Shrines encased in a beautifully carved olive wood wall-mount Gothic Pilgrim Crucifix. Includes small stones from each of the Shrines significant during Holy Week: the Cenacle (Upper Room), Agony of Jesus at Gethsemane, Calvary and the Tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Resurrection of Our Lord).Shop more #CertifiedAuthentic relics #HolyLandGiftShop: http://bit.ly/2KZS3aR

1 day ago

Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Congratulations to Brothers John Aherne and Adolfo Navarro! They graduated yesterday from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Br. John received a master of divinity degree and Br. Adolfo received a certificate in pastoral studies. Enjoy these photos, taken by Br. Javier Del Angel De Los Santos. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Brothers John Aherne and Adolfo Navarro! They graduated yesterday from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Br. John received a master of divinity degree and Br. Adolfo received a certificate in pastoral studies. Enjoy these photos, taken by Br. Javier Del Angel De Los Santos.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Congratulations Brothers John and Adolfo, keeping you in prayer !

Congratulations to all.

Congratulations to both brothers

Congratulations to both Brothers

Congratulations !

Congrats

Congratulations John! 🎉🎉🎉

Congratulations!

Congrats!

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The theme of this year’s Friars Club fund-raiser, held in the Friars’ gussied-up gym, was service to others. This year’s dinner recognized three who teach by example. Philanthropic restaurateur Dean Gregory received The Francis Award for his commitment to the needy, our troops and neighborhood schools. (He also donated the chicken-and-ribs dinner from his Montgomery Inn.) Former football standout Troy Tuck was given The Friars Award for founding the nonprofit Gameplan program to mentor young people in need. And senior guard Trevon Blueitt was named Player of the Year for leading the Xavier Musketeers to three NCAA tournaments.
Emcee for the evening was Rob Braun of Local 12. Read more about the evening and the mission of Friars Club at: http://franciscan.org/news-and-events/…
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The theme of this year’s Friars Club fund-raiser, held in the Friars’ gussied-up gym, was service to others. This year’s dinner recognized three who teach by example. Philanthropic restaurateur Dean Gregory received The Francis Award for his commitment to the needy, our troops and neighborhood schools. (He also donated the chicken-and-ribs dinner from his Montgomery Inn.) Former football standout Troy Tuck was given The Friars Award for founding the nonprofit Gameplan program to mentor young people in need. And senior guard Trevon Blueitt was named Player of the Year for leading the Xavier Musketeers to three NCAA tournaments.
Emcee for the evening was Rob Braun of Local 12. Read more about the evening and the mission of Friars Club at: http://franciscan.org/news-and-events#honorees-go-above-beyond

Ten years ago today, five Holy Name Province friars were ordained to the priesthood. Join us in congratulating Fathers Scott Brookbank, Zachary Elliott, Julian Jagudilla, Gonzalo de Jesus Torres-Acosta, and Christopher VanHaight. ... See MoreSee Less

Ten years ago today, five Holy Name Province friars were ordained to the priesthood. Join us in congratulating Fathers Scott Brookbank, Zachary Elliott, Julian Jagudilla, Gonzalo de Jesus Torres-Acosta, and Christopher VanHaight.

 

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Congratulations to all on the tenth anniversary of your ordination to the Priesthood. And especially Fr. Gonzalo, our pastor at St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ.

Congratulations, one and all!!!

Thank you Father Gonzalo for becoming a priest on your ordination.

Congratulations and God bless

God bless all of you.

Congratulations.

God bless you all

Congratulations!!!

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2 days ago

Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

Franciscan Monastery
Watch Fr. Greg explain the liturgical season, known as "Ordinary Time," that has begun and what we’ll mostly be hearing in our Sunday liturgies all summer:
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2 days ago

Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

Read the latest News from the Friars: https://bit.ly/2J0r7tt ... See MoreSee Less

Read the latest News from the Friars: https://bit.ly/2J0r7tt

Watch Fr. Greg explain the liturgical season, known as "Ordinary Time," that has begun and what we’ll mostly be hearing in our Sunday liturgies all summer: ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Hi Father Greg! Thanks for the lesson in Ordinary Time!

Just an ordinary day 🎼

Reflect on God’s love and light by taking time to pray each day. #WednesdayWisdom ... See MoreSee Less

Reflect on God’s love and light by taking time to pray each day. #WednesdayWisdom

Local US Franciscan News

13 hours ago

SW Franciscans

This Sunday’s First and Second Reading are built around the concept of the “children of God.” Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that Human Dignity is the cornerstone for how we are to live out our Baptism.

Is is Human Dignity for all? Or do we slip into: ‘Nope, no human dignity for that person’ or ‘I know which groups of people are okay to judge.’

Scripture makes it clear that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God. This radical claim is the source of our belief in the inherent and inviolable dignity of the human person.

Being made in God’s image, we are all God’s children. This is true no matter where we are born and no matter what our economic or social status.

Because it comes from God, human dignity is not something that we can bestow or take away from another person. It is intrinsic to our existence. What we can do is enter into relationships that respect our mutual human dignity.

Too often we fail to do this. Too often we de-humanize our brothers and sisters or shut our ears when they cry out. Failure to recognize the human dignity of each and every person opens the door to all manner of violence and injustice. But how can we truly make human dignity the cornerstone of our relationships?

This question is especially pertinent when we reflect on our relationships with people we may never meet; people who suffer in the far corners of the world and whose names we do not know. Although we may never meet, we still share the same planet and its gifts. These gifts are not simply for our own personal use but are entrusted to us by God for the flourishing of our human family. We are increasingly aware that our actions in one part of the world can affect people who live far away from us. We are interconnected. We are in relationship with all seven billion of God’s children.

[Adapted from Human Dignity: The Cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching Luke Stocking and John Gabor, In Canada Programs, British Columbia]
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This Sunday’s First and Second Reading are built around the concept of the “children of God.”  Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that Human Dignity is the cornerstone for how we are to live out our Baptism.Is is Human Dignity for all? Or do we slip into: ‘Nope, no human dignity for that person’ or ‘I know which groups of people are okay to judge.’Scripture makes it clear that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God. This radical claim is the source of our belief in the inherent and inviolable dignity of the human person.Being made in God’s image, we are all God’s children. This is true no matter where we are born and no matter what our economic or social status.Because it comes from God, human dignity is not something that we can bestow or take away from another person. It is intrinsic to our existence. What we can do is enter into relationships that respect our mutual human dignity.Too often we fail to do this. Too often we de-humanize our brothers and sisters or shut our ears when they cry out. Failure to recognize the human dignity of each and every person opens the door to all manner of violence and injustice. But how can we truly make human dignity the cornerstone of our relationships?This question is especially pertinent when we reflect on our relationships with people we may never meet; people who suffer in the far corners of the world and whose names we do not know. Although we may never meet, we still share the same planet and its gifts.  These gifts are not simply for our own personal use but are entrusted to us by God for the flourishing of our human family. We are increasingly aware that our actions in one part of the world can affect people who live far away from us. We are interconnected. We are in relationship with all seven billion of God’s children.[Adapted from Human Dignity: The Cornerstone of Catholic Social Teaching Luke Stocking and John Gabor, In Canada Programs, British Columbia]

The Franciscan HOLY LAND Gift Shop offers unique #HolyLand Keepsakes and Souvenirs.

Connect deeply with the mysteries of the Passion of Our Lord with this collection of relics from the Holy Week Shrines encased in a beautifully carved olive wood wall-mount Gothic Pilgrim Crucifix. Includes small stones from each of the Shrines significant during Holy Week: the Cenacle (Upper Room), Agony of Jesus at Gethsemane, Calvary and the Tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Resurrection of Our Lord).

Shop more #CertifiedAuthentic relics #HolyLandGiftShop: http://bit.ly/2KZS3aR
... See MoreSee Less

The Franciscan HOLY LAND Gift Shop offers unique #HolyLand Keepsakes and Souvenirs.Connect deeply with the mysteries of the Passion of Our Lord with this collection of relics from the Holy Week Shrines encased in a beautifully carved olive wood wall-mount Gothic Pilgrim Crucifix. Includes small stones from each of the Shrines significant during Holy Week: the Cenacle (Upper Room), Agony of Jesus at Gethsemane, Calvary and the Tomb of Jesus in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (Resurrection of Our Lord).Shop more #CertifiedAuthentic relics #HolyLandGiftShop: http://bit.ly/2KZS3aR

1 day ago

Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province

Congratulations to Brothers John Aherne and Adolfo Navarro! They graduated yesterday from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Br. John received a master of divinity degree and Br. Adolfo received a certificate in pastoral studies. Enjoy these photos, taken by Br. Javier Del Angel De Los Santos. ... See MoreSee Less

Congratulations to Brothers John Aherne and Adolfo Navarro! They graduated yesterday from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Br. John received a master of divinity degree and Br. Adolfo received a certificate in pastoral studies. Enjoy these photos, taken by Br. Javier Del Angel De Los Santos.Image attachmentImage attachment

 

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Congratulations Brothers John and Adolfo, keeping you in prayer !

Congratulations to all.

Congratulations to both brothers

Congratulations to both Brothers

Congratulations !

Congrats

Congratulations John! 🎉🎉🎉

Congratulations!

Congrats!

+ View previous comments

The theme of this year’s Friars Club fund-raiser, held in the Friars’ gussied-up gym, was service to others. This year’s dinner recognized three who teach by example. Philanthropic restaurateur Dean Gregory received The Francis Award for his commitment to the needy, our troops and neighborhood schools. (He also donated the chicken-and-ribs dinner from his Montgomery Inn.) Former football standout Troy Tuck was given The Friars Award for founding the nonprofit Gameplan program to mentor young people in need. And senior guard Trevon Blueitt was named Player of the Year for leading the Xavier Musketeers to three NCAA tournaments.
Emcee for the evening was Rob Braun of Local 12. Read more about the evening and the mission of Friars Club at: http://franciscan.org/news-and-events/…
... See MoreSee Less

The theme of this year’s Friars Club fund-raiser, held in the Friars’ gussied-up gym, was service to others. This year’s dinner recognized three who teach by example. Philanthropic restaurateur Dean Gregory received The Francis Award for his commitment to the needy, our troops and neighborhood schools. (He also donated the chicken-and-ribs dinner from his Montgomery Inn.) Former football standout Troy Tuck was given The Friars Award for founding the nonprofit Gameplan program to mentor young people in need. And senior guard Trevon Blueitt was named Player of the Year for leading the Xavier Musketeers to three NCAA tournaments.
Emcee for the evening was Rob Braun of Local 12. Read more about the evening and the mission of Friars Club at: http://franciscan.org/news-and-events#honorees-go-above-beyond

Ten years ago today, five Holy Name Province friars were ordained to the priesthood. Join us in congratulating Fathers Scott Brookbank, Zachary Elliott, Julian Jagudilla, Gonzalo de Jesus Torres-Acosta, and Christopher VanHaight. ... See MoreSee Less

Ten years ago today, five Holy Name Province friars were ordained to the priesthood. Join us in congratulating Fathers Scott Brookbank, Zachary Elliott, Julian Jagudilla, Gonzalo de Jesus Torres-Acosta, and Christopher VanHaight.

 

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Congratulations to all on the tenth anniversary of your ordination to the Priesthood. And especially Fr. Gonzalo, our pastor at St. Mary’s Church, Pompton Lakes, NJ.

Congratulations, one and all!!!

Thank you Father Gonzalo for becoming a priest on your ordination.

Congratulations and God bless

God bless all of you.

Congratulations.

God bless you all

Congratulations!!!

+ View previous comments

2 days ago

Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province

Franciscan Monastery
Watch Fr. Greg explain the liturgical season, known as "Ordinary Time," that has begun and what we’ll mostly be hearing in our Sunday liturgies all summer:
... See MoreSee Less

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