Franciscans: July 2011 Archives

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The new Bishop of Savannah's appointment of Conventual Franciscan Father Gregory John Hartmayer, 59, should not go without notice. He's one of two Conventuals called to serve the Church as bishops, the being the Bishop of La Crosse, WI.

Hartmayer is a native of Buffalo, a Friar, and has been a priest for 32 years.

Bishop-elect Gregory John replaces Bishop J. Kevin Boland who has for 16 years as Bishop of Savannah. Boland's brother was the Bishop of Kansas City-St Joseph, MO. Bishop-elect is the 14th bishop, the leader of 77K Catholics in 90 counties.

Today, the diocese is 160 years old.

Bishop-elect Gregory John is well-respected and acknowledged as a good shepherd, a loyal son of Saint Francis of Assisi.

An interview with the Bishop-elect produced by the Conventuals is here.

Pax et bonum.
Tau cross.jpgWith today's appointment of the Archbishop of Philadelphia and Bishop of Savannah, the number of Franciscans serving the Church in the USA as residential bishops went up. Surprisingly we now have two Conventual Franciscans bishops. Currently, Franciscan bishops the dioceses of Boston, Philadelphia, La Crosse and Savannah. Two Capuchins and two Conventuals. If you count Puerto Rico, then there's the Archbishop of San Juan who is a "normal brown" Franciscan.

The bishops bring to the table, as it were, the gift of the Franciscan charism and an interesting lens by which Christ is made known.

Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Clare and all Franciscan saints and blesseds, pray for us.

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Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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