If you are in the Buffalo area or if you want to help support the work
of The Franciscan Center, please follow the link above.
On November 28, 2013, The Buffalo News
published an "Opinion" piece written by
Bayne, OFM Conv., Director of the Franciscan Center and member of the
board of directors of the Empire State Coalition of Youth & Family
Services. To read the article and find a link to the newspaper's webpage listing, please visit our
SPECIAL MINISTRIES page.
Most Rev. Joachim Giermek, OFM Conv.
Click above to view a video produced by the Companions of St. Anthony, the Development and Evangelization office of our Province. In it, Fr. Joachim, the former (118th) Minister General of the
Conventual Franciscan Friars, gives a brief reflection on the pastoral approach in leadership
style of Pope Francis. He is pictured here greeting Blessed John Paul II.
†Fr. Ignatius Maternowski, OFM Conv.
Click above to read The Republican online article, about the late Fr. Ignatius, a friar from our province who was the only Chaplain to die on D-Day. The article also features many photgraphs of a ceremony honoring him and his service to our country. He is pictured here in a shot found in the online Camp Mackall (3) photo album of the 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment website. Click here to watch a less than 7 minute, yet wonderfully informative "Real to Reel" video.
Feast of St. Francis
Pope Francis made his first visit to Assisi in celebration of the Feast day of our founder, St. Francis of Assisi. Here is a photo by one of our friars who lives and works in Assisi, taken as the Holy Father and our own Order's Minister General, Friar Marco Tasca, OFM Conv. met with others in the Upper Church of the Basilica of St. Francis.
Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., Minister Provincial of this province, wrote a letter to our friars (the full version is included in the October Newsletter) stating, "Today’s Solemnity of St. Francis stands unique in our eight centuries of Franciscan tradition. Even though many popes have visited Assisi from the time of St. Francis through the present era, today’s visit of Pope Francis singularly heralds the conscious and defining place of the Poverello in the present pontificate. The Holy Father and our Seraphic Father will combine to issue a prophetic challenge for modern Franciscans. We are holding our breaths as they speak with gentle firmness: “May I have a Word with you?”
The “Word” they proffer is none other than our Incarnate Lord – a “Word to the wise”! As Pope Francis walks through our Basilica in Assisi, and makes note of the Giotto frescos, perhaps he will be struck by the accent given to Jesus the “Word” in the notable four vaults over the 13th century altar of the Lower church. During this year’s General Chapter, we capitulars gathered daily for liturgy under those vaults – literally Vele, or “sails” – depicting Francis in the allegories of the three vows and in glory. All convey the reality that St. Francis was a man of the Word – the Living Word of God. His bond to the Word was no abstraction; rather a living relationship to the Person of Jesus, the Divine Logos made human."
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Franciscan Education Burse
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Consider contributing to an already established burse in memory of a loved one or favorite friar, in celebration of an important event, and in thanksgiving for God's blessings, or create a
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