We received word that our brother, Friar Albert McMahon, O.F.M., passed into eternal life in the early afternoon today, February 8, 2018. At the time of his passing, Fr. Albert was affiliated to the community of St. Anthony of Padua Friary, Catskill, New York, while under the care of the staff of Albany Medical Center. Fr. Albert was 83 years of age.
We received word that, Mr. Joseph Zammit, beloved father of our brother, Friar Jimmy Zammit, O.F.M., passed into eternal life in the evening hours of January 30, 2018. Details concerning his Wake, Mass of Christian Burial and Interment are still being finalized and will be forwarded to you when completed. " For the deceased parents of our professed religious and novices, the community of which the bereaved religious is a member, shall celebrate the Eucharist five times, and all other communities twice." PS 8-4
We commend to your prayers the soul of our brother, Friar Lucius (Mario) Annese, OFM, (86) who passed into eternal life during the early afternoon of Saturday, January 20, 2018. At the time of his passing, Fr. Lucius was affiliated with the community of Saint Christopher Friary, Boston, Massachusetts, while in residence and under hospice care of the staff of Kaplan Family House, Danvers, Massachusetts. Fr. Lucius was the son of the late Antonette (Forgione) and Antonio Annese, having been born in Grottaminarda, Italy on November 12, 1931. He is survived by his sister, Jean B. Annese of Somerville, Massachusetts.
We have received word that Mrs. Matilda Zammit, beloved mother of our brother, Friar Jimmy Zammit, OFM, passed peacefully into eternal life in the morning hours of December 11th. She was 86 years of age.
We commend to your prayers the soul of our brother, Friar Juniper O'Connor, OFM, (65) who passed into eternal life during the early afternoon on Monday, November 27th. At the time of his passing, Friar Juniper was under the care of the Staff at Morton Plant Hospital, Clearwater, Florida. Friar Juniper was the Guardian of St. Paul Friary, Clearwater Beach, Florida.
We have received word that Mr. Guillermo Ruiz Lopez, beloved father of our brother, Friar Orlando Ruiz, OFM, passed into eternal life during the evening of Friday, November 24th, while surrounded by his family and loved ones. He was 66 years of age.
• St. Thomas Aquinas Parish celebrates One Hundred Years • Friar Thomas Washburn Finishes Term as ESC Executive Secretary • Postulants Visit Upstate New York Friaries • Hurricane Irma Causes Damage to Clearwater Friary • St. Anthony , NYC Homeless Outreach • Time Capsule from Troy Seminary Opened • Minister General Asks Forgiveness of Native Americans. See all these stories in the November Newsletter
Washington, DC- The leaders of 161 Catholic colleges and universities, religious congregations, national organizations, and health care providers, including the seven provincial ministers of the OFMs have issued a letter to President Trump and the US Congress supporting climate change science, funding, and international policy negotiations. Click the title for the full story at"Catholic Climate Covenant."
The six novices currently participating in the OFM Interprovincial Novitiate all received their habits in a service attended by friars from around the province (of St. Barbara) and across the country at Old Mission Santa Barbara on Tuesday, November 14.
Victor is a simply professed friar from the Our Lady of Guadalupe Province who is in the process of joining the Immaculate Conception Province. Victor will be assigned to the Convento San Francisco. See Victor's profile in the formation section. Welcome Victor!
A weekend of discernment was held at Immaculate Conception Friary, Boston on the weekend of October 12th. Two men joined the postulants and friars to explore Franciscan life. Read the full story on the "Join Us" page or just click the title.