Category Archives: Franciscans

Capuchin Friars open their 84th General Chapter

Capuchin General Chapter logo 2012.jpgBeginning yesterday and for the next five weeks the Capuchin friars are engaged in their 84th General Chapter in Rome. The General
Minister, Friar Mauro Jöhri presides over the Capitulars from many nations. The Capuchins have set a wonderful multilingual website to cover the work of the Chapter, pictures included. Walk with the Capuchins in friendship and prayer for a good meeting guided by the Holy Spirit.

The Sacrifice of the Mass opening the Chapter was celebrated and preached by  Capuchin Bishop John Corriveau former General
Minister. It was reported that Bishop Corriveau, 71, said,

During the homily Bishop Corriveau stated
strongly that when his words did not penetrate the heart of his people the
Prophet Ezechiel acted with deeds and dramatic actions in his own life. No one
understood this way of acting better than Francis of Assisi “Preach the gospel
at all times and when necessary use words”. Quoting Blessed John Paul II, he
said that the Church’s prophetic response to the individualism of our day is
communion: “to make the Church the home and school of communion: this is the
great challenge which is laid before us in the millennium that has just begun.
If we wish to be faithful to God’s plan and respond to the deep expectations of
the world
“(NMI, 43). We have been created to live in communion, to be family.
Bishop Corriveau also said, the call to Trinitarian communion, which for a
Capuchin is a call to fraternity is much more than a slogan. It implies deep
conversion of the heart, Only the heart which is fraternal and decidedly
relation oriented can offer the secularised world a prophetic word. By way of
conclusion he hoped that by keeping our gaze fixed on Christ we would be able
to touch the hearts of the men and women of our day. May this Chapter discover
once again the relational aspect of our Franciscan inheritance. In this way we
will be able to assist the Church to give visible expression to a spirituality
of communion
. (Capuchin website for the Chapter)

May Our Lady of the Angels, Saints Francis and Clare and all Capuchin saints, pray for the Capuchins and their work for the Church and the Order.
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Saint Mary of the Angels & The Portiuncula Indulgence

Little Portion chapel.jpgThe spiritual tradition of the Franciscans is connecting the with the good work of the sainted founder, Saint Francis, who as you know, fixed three chapels: the third was called the Portiuncula (the Little Portion), dedicated to Saint Mary of the Angels. As you can see, the chapel sits in a large basilica in Assisi. The friars have been at the Portiuncula since early thirteen century. SaintClare made her vows following Palm Sunday in 1212 and where Francis died on 3 October 1226.

For centuries the Church, at the request of Francis, has attached a spiritual favor in the form of indulgence, a
grant remission of sins to all who came there. It used to be given only at the Portiuncula but now the privilege extends beyond the Portiuncula especially those administered by Franciscans, throughout the world, to others churches as well.

The Church teaches that a plenary indulgence is a powerful tool for works of mercy and weapon in the living of the Christian life, that is, in our spiritual warfare. A plenary indulgence is the remission of the effects of sin, through the merits of Jesus Christ and the saints, through the Church, of all temporal punishment due to sin already forgiven through the reception of the sacrament of Confession.

To obtain the Portiuncula plenary indulgence, a person must visit the Chapel of Our Lady of the Angels at Assisi, or a Franciscan church or chapel, or even one’s parish church, with the intention of honoring Our Lady of the Angels. The recites the Creed and prays the Our Father for the Pope’s designated intentions (see the monthly papal prayer intentions). Key is going to Confession (“free of attachment to venial and mortal sin). One can make a confession and receive Holy Communion 8 days before or after.
Previous posts here and here.
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The friar knows how to celebrate

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I hope your Memorial Day was a festive as this friar’s.

A new CFR priest! Father John Paul

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The newly ordained (19 May 2012) Franciscan Friar of the Renewal Father John Paul offers a blessing. Brother Luke Mary is assisting. Father John Paul’s ordination happened at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral (NYC). Father John Paul will serve his community as the vocation director. Saint Francis pray for us.
Photo: Fr Sweeney

Bishop-elect Gregory J. Hartmayer, OFM Conv.

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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.

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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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