Lady of the Angels Province
embarks on an inaugural journey,
Monday, May 5, 2014,
with the first Provincial Chapter.
The territory of this new province includes the East Coast of the United States, Ontario Canada and Costa Rical, as well as friars living and serving in several other countries.
This union of friars, from the former Immaculate Conception and the former St. Anthony of Padua Provinces, look at this new beginning as an opportunity to
reenergize their Franciscan spirit and more effectively serve parishes
and other ministries across this vast region.
Conventual Franciscans have served in the United
States since the 1850's, when Friar Leopold Moczygemba arrived in Texas to
care for the Polish immigrant community.
Friars also began serving communities in the
Northern United States, establishing a motherhouse for their
mission at Assumption Parish in Syracuse, New York, in 1859, evolving into the Immaculate Conception Province, in 1872.
Anthony of Padua Province was established in 1906, providing care to the large Polish immigrant population, in the United
The friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province
will now care for people from a variety of backgrounds, through parish
work, nursing, teaching, and many other ministries.
Please keep the friars in your continued prayers.
On March 6, 2014, the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Immaculate Conception Province and St. Anthony of Padua Province elected
Very Rev. James McCurry, OFM Conv.
to be the 1st Provincial of the new
Our Lady of the Angels Province,
effective May 5, 2014.
Enjoy some personal memories presented by
Fr. James, about his many joy filled interactions wth
Bl. John Paul II.
Mercy and Forgiveness
Pope Francis spoke on how to be a good confessor, at a conference on the Sacrament of Confession. In attendance was our own Fr. Donald Kos, OFM Conv. To view a March 28, 2014 video report made by Rome Reports News Agency, click here. (video link)
The way each of us prepares for Lent, varies, but all of us agree that there is a need to find a focus for the Season. Click on the link "Lenten Preparation" and view one of St. Clement Mary Hofbauer Church's weekly video message, presented by the pastor, Fr. Donald Grzymski, OFM Conv. In addition, if you click on the link "Lenten Message" you will see a short video by the Secretary of the Province, Fr. Richard-Jacob Forcier, OFM Conv., who also is the Spiritual Director of the Companions of St. Anthony (Developement and Evangelization Office). Click on the link "Let Go and Live" to read a reflection by another one of our friars and the pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Athol Springs, Fr. Ross Syracuse, OFM Conv.
Click on the link "The Different Roads to Christ" to read another reflection by yet another friar, the Catholic University of American Director of Campus Ministry, Fr. Jude DeAngelo, OFM Conv.
Meet a Friar in Formation
There are several friars in formation in our Province, including friar Emanuel, who has been with us for four years and is currently a Post Novitiate student friar, studying at the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
On February 2nd, friar Manny presented a reflection on vocations to the congregation at Duke University, where two of our Friars are working in Campus Ministry. This video is of the entire Mass for the 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time (Feast of the Presentation of the Lord, Consecrated Life Sunday, Candlemas). Although it is worth watching the entire video, friar Emanuel begins his presentation at the 0:51:07 mark. Please continue to pray for friar Emanual and for all of our friars in formation.
Support a Friar in Formation
Franciscan Education Burse
To financially assist in the education process of formation for our friars, each burse comes with a commitment to build it up to a $5,000 fulfillment through the efforts of parishes, individuals, families, groups or
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
new one now or as your legacy.
For more information on how to support this program, please click here: Burse
To see other ways to financially and spiritually support the work of the Friars of the St. Anthony Province, please click the Donation button in the left border of this page.
Friars in Ministry:
Elms College Nursing Students Partner with Diocese of Mandeville (Jamaica) to Provinde Community Healthcare: Click on "Elms College" on the link above to read an a January 2014 article presented by the Diocese of Mandeville, Jamaica. Click on the picture above and link to the information on the Elms College webpage.
There is also a video of the trip available by clicking: Slideshow
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