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  • The Franciscan Friars, TOR | ST. BERNARDINE MONASTERY - IMMACULATE CONCEPTION PROVINCE. PHONE: 1-866-695-3802
    Follow the call to become a Franciscan Friar TOR Discover what it is like living in service to God Our Provincial the Very Reverend Father Patrick Quinn TOR would like to offer prayers and extend a warm welcome to every visitor to the website of the Immaculate Conception Province of the Third Order Regular of the Franciscan Friars in the United States of America Our Province has ministries throughout the United States and supports our Franciscan Missions where hope compassion and nurishment bring the impoverished and poor to Christ in over seventeen countries We invite you to discover our Charism and become spiritually bonded with our community in the peace and love of the founder and Patron Saint of our Order Saint Francis of Assisi In the videos below several of our friars tell you the story of our Province how we support our ministries and how young aspirants join our community May God bless you for spending time with us today Franciscan Friars TOR are called to a life that challenge us to live in poverty chastity and obedience to the Church As Franciscans we have faith and trust in God to provide for our needs and rely on the generosity of our patrons and benefactors who partner with us by making a gift to support our ministry work and offer Mass requests with our TOR priests To learn more about sustaining our Franciscan ministry and our Monastery please visit the fundraising section of our website or send a Mass Card to send someone you love or a Franciscan Spiritual Enrollment It is our hope that you will find the information on our site helpful towards a better understanding of the life our father Saint Francis handed down to us We honor our tradition of fraternity and family that

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  • Saint Anthony's Bread | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Saint Anthony s Bread Catholics honor the tradition of Saint Anthony s Bread When we pray to St Anthony the Miracle Worker we often tell him in our prayers that if our intentions are granted we will make a gift to charity In the past this gift was a loaf of bread and so the tradition has become known as Saint Anthony s Bread Today instead of offering a loaf of bread to charity most Catholics donate to the Church or a religous Order in Saint Anthony s honor A Saint Anthony s Bread donation to the Franciscan Friars TOR will be used to help support the ministry of our Franciscans and your intentions will be offered during our evening prayer Our prayers and thanks to you and Saint Anthony of Padua for your generous gift Please send us any special intentions Let us know what you are thankful for Amount click link Syndicate Spiritual Enrollments Masses About Us Our Ministries Province History Care 4 Creation Peace and Justice Province Video Donate Donate Now Enrollment Cards Masses and Mass Cards Bequests and Legacy Gifts Need for Support Video Recurring Donations

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  • About The Friars | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    their homes some were hermits and they lived a simple form of common life which included prayer and works of mercy By the mid 15th century many congregations of women and men claimed these origins and were known collectively as the Third Order Regular of St Francis The word Regular was added to the phrase Third Order to indicate that this group was now re cognized by the Church as a religious order Those who continued to follow the way of Francis while living in the secular world were eventually named the Secular Franciscan Order to distinguish them from the Third Order Regular or T O R s In the mid 18th century some groups of T O R s emigrated from Europe to the United States where they were invited by local bishops to continue their works of mercy most notably care of the sick and education In the mid 19th century a group of brothers from the community at Mt Bellew Ireland made three settlements in the United States Loretto Pennsylvania Brooklyn New York and Spaulding Nebraska Early in the 20th century friars from these three groups merged and with the help of Third Order Regular friars from Europe established the first American Province of the TOR The Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus with headquarters in Loretto PA The Sacred Heart Province focused its efforts on education and developed what is now Saint Francis University and The Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio A decade or so later our Province of the Immaculate Conception was founded The Province is headquartered in Hollidaysburg Pennsylvania and was formed out of the need to serve Italian immigrants who came to the central part of the state to work on the railroad in the mines or in steel mills The Story of the Province of the Immaculate Conception Since its inception the Province of the Immaculate Conception has embraced change and grown by acknowledging the talents of its members and how these can be used to respond to the shifting needs of the Church Over our 80 plus years we have served in a wide range of ministries in schools educating or leading students from ignorance to wider perspectives in parishes building community and assisting immigrants to take their rightful place in society in foreign missions where we labored to revitalize the Christian faith in South America and where we have reaped a harvest of native vocations and a newly independent Vice Province in Paraguay Our ministries continue to evolve We currently staff two renewal centers for spiritual development engage in advocacy for the poor and disenfranchised and seek to serve the new waves of immigrants coming to our country People wonder about what distinguishes the TOR Franciscans from the OFM Franciscans or the Order of Friars Minor The brief history we have reviewed helps clarify the answer The Order of Friars Minor focuses on poverty and the itinerant preaching of the Gospel We TOR Franciscans emphasize the spiritual path

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  • Franciscan Friars TOR Immaculate Conception Province, USA | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    the penitent habit He spent two years as a penitent and was recognized by Bishop Guido of Assisi as such In 1221 he wrote the First Letter to the Penitents in which he presents guidelines for the Brothers and Sisters of Penance who wished to share in his Gospel way of life Over the centuries both male and female Franciscan congregations of the Third Order independently of one another sprung up in many countries of Europe In 1447 the Italian fraternities of male Franciscan penitents were united in a single Order by Pope Nicholas V The friars located their motherhouse at the Basilica of Saints Cosmas and Damian at Rome in 1512 Today the Third Order Regular of Penance of St Francis is a worldwide fraternity dedicated to a life of communal living and service to the Universal Church The Order consists of sixteen provinces vice provinces and delegations We have nine hundred friars who live pray and perform the works of mercy in fourteen countries Countries break down into independent Provinces of which there are two in the United States Province of the Immaculate Conception Hollidaysburg PA Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Loretto PA THE MISSION OF THE FRIARS The friars of the Third Order Regular of Saint Francis and members of the Province of the Immaculate Conception take vows that challenge us to live a life of poverty chastity and obedience to the Church These vows allow us to further the work of our founder and patron Saint Francis of Assisi who followed the crucified and risen Savior without question or regret As Franciscans in service to the Church we listen to the teachings of Jesus Christ with assurance of God the Father and the Holy Spirit we listen to God s teaching in the Church and we listen to God s holy people as they speak to us The Franciscan lifestyle dictates that we as pupils of Saint Francis of Assisi respond to God s word by following the example of our patron we live simply free of possessions and attitudes dedicated to our brotherhood by answering the mission of the Church bringing the message of conversion to all we meet in God s name We are committed as friars on a personal and corporate level to a life given over to prayer and contemplation the continuous conversion of our hearts minds and souls the revelation of the Lord to the spiritually blind preaching the message of reconciliation and healing embodied in Christ We are to work among the people and to offer them a witness of Christian life by word and example The Friars of the Province of the Immaculate Conception in the United States are active in parishes education retreat work hospital ministry and foreign missions The friars continue to respond to the contemporary needs of the Church by remaining faithful to their original charism of living the vows of poverty chastity and obedience in community according to the spirit of St

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  • Leadership | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    States of America I am pleased to welcome you to our community website I hope you take the a few moments to enjoy our site and learn more about our Province and the prayerful ministry we serve You may also wish to discover more information about the life of our patron and founder Saint Francis of Assisi or more information about the Third Order Regular Please feel free to contact me through our prayer request form our vocations pages or our development and Mass Association I look forward to hearing from you May God bless you and grant you Peace and Good Things The Provincial Council of the Immaculate Conception Province On Sunday January 24th 2010 the Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular T O R Province of the Immaculate Conception celebrated the installation of their newly elected Provincial Council The members of the Council are from left to right beginning with the top row Rev Raphael Eagle T O R Rev Giles Schinelli T O R Rev Ambrose Phillips T O R Rev William Linhares T O R Rev Frank Scornaienchi T O R Vicar Provincial and Very Rev J Patrick Quinn T O R Minister Provincial The installation was presided over by the Most Rev Michael Higgins T O R to the right of Very Rev J Patrick Quinn Minister General of the Franciscan Friars Third Order Regular Rev David Kaczmarek T O R to the right of Most Rev Michael Higgins was elected by the Provincial Council to serve as Provincial Secretary The friars comprising the Provincial Council come from varied ministerial backgrounds and bring a great deal of knowledge and experience to the task of governing the Province May God bless them greatly during the their Provincial term click link Syndicate Spiritual Enrollments Masses About

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  • Province History | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    sent to Rome where they registered at the Pontifical Gregorian University on November 12 1932 In later years other clerical friars joined their confreres in Rome or attended St Francis College and Seminary at Loretto In 1939 40 with another European War beginning a plan was devised for the clerics to attend the Catholic University of America in Washington D C During the first year 1940 41 the clerics boarded with the Conventual Friars at St Bonaventure House of Studies across from the University The first group consisted of Bros Louis Secondo James Cox and John Bartolomucci A year later the Province purchased the Carmelite Fathers Clericate at 1300 Newton St N E as the House of Studies for the clerics It was dedicated to St Thomas More and was ready to receive the student friars in September of 1941 The Minister Provincial who opened the clericate was the Very Rev Benignus Gallagher Fr Alban Gormley was appointed the first local Minister and Master of Clerics This house very soon became inadequate for the increasing number of clerics During the provincialate of the Very Rev Louis Hileman a second house located a half block away at 1242 Newton was purchased in the summer of 1947 to take care of the overflow In the main house were the chapel refectory library laundry visitors parlor recreation room the rooms for the cleric master and juniors The 1242 residence had the rooms for the simplex priests and the older clerics The Minister and Cleric master at that time was Fr Francis Smyth The present St Thomas More Friary at 650 Jackson St N E which replaced the other two buildings on Newton St serves as the residence for student friars and friars involved in ministry in the Washington area It was constructed while Very Rev Jerome Pechillo served as Minister Provincial The completed structure was solemnly dedicated and the main altar consecrated by the Most Rev Patrick O Boyle Archbishop of Washington and Chancellor of The Catholic University on September 8 1959 Since 1986 the offices and residence of the Minister Provincial are located at St Thomas More In 1945 the old Highland Hall Academy in the historic center of Hollidaysburg had been purchased to serve as the Minor Seminary of the Province The number of candidates had increased beyond the limited capacity of the Monastery The separation of the candidate program from the novitiate was recognized as desirable Discussion had centered on converting the former winery present Iona Hall between the Priory and Monastery buildings into classroom space and adding a chapel building Plans for this had even been drawn up by an architect but the project did not receive the approval of the Curia However when the Hollidaysburg property was listed for sale the Province Definitors inspected the old Academy and unanimously approved its purchase as the site for the relocated seminary program which was done on November 8 1945 The first Mass was celebrated in the Chapel dedicated to St Therese at midnight of December 31st by the Minister Provincial Very Rev Louis Hileman The Province now had a complete Formation Program with its Minor Seminary its Novitiate and a House of Studies for the education of its own candidates from the time of their admission through Ordination for those called to Sacred Orders Highland Hall renamed the Franciscan Preparatory Seminary had a high school department recognized by the State of Pennsylvania and a junior college department affiliated with The Catholic University of America The Seminary was later opened to admit extern students from the surrounding area However a declining seminary enrollment and new directions in the education of seminarians led to the decision to sell the seminary building to the Blair County administration in February 1968 A house on the corner of the property which had been purchased in 1948 to serve as the residence for junior professed clerics St Anthony s clericate enrolled in the college department later served for several years as the provincial Residence and Office This house was retained by the Province and renamed St Joseph s Friary serves as the residence for semi retired friars of the Province Expansion Following the establishment of the Province two more churches were added to its responsibilities in the fall of 1925 Our Lady of the Assumption in the Pleasant Valley sector of Altoona was opened as a mission of Mt Carmel Church and Sacred Heart Mission Alverda Penna then part of the Diocese of Pittsburgh opened in 1929 The long years of preparation for the priesthood prescribed by the Church must have seemed like an eternity to the founding friars who waited from the establishment of the Monastery until 1935 for the first ordinations from the original group of students In that year Frs John Flannelly and Paul Hatch were ordained in Rome and a year later returned to the Province to their assignments on the faculty of the Monastery school The Very Rev Angelo Piacentini then Minister Provincial saw the need for another priest to help in the work of the parishes and again the Province sought the help of the Umbrian Provincial Fr Zaffrani In 1936 Fr Luigi Damen arrived in the United States and was assigned to Mt Carmel Parish in Altoona He later served at St Anthony s in Johnstown zealously and creditably until his return to Italy in 1955 During the late 1940s and in the 1950s the Province experienced an encouraging increase in the number of priests ordained This permitted the Province to expand its apostolic activities Fr Paul Hatch was the first priest of the Province to enter military service and served as a Chaplain in the U S Navy during World War 11 Other friars served as chaplains in the military or at military bases Among these were Frs Theodore Midile Mark Reifel Ignatius DellaValle and Joseph Quinn At various times the Province has answered appeals from the bishops of several dioceses for the assistance of friar priests So we have served for varying lengths of time ranging from one to several years in New York City Endicott and Auburn N Y in Chester W Va in Harrisburg PA in New Ulm Belle Prairie and Alexandria Minnesota and in various towns of the Baker City Diocese of Oregon This last region was accepted as a Home Missionary Apostolate by the Minister Provincial Very Rev Augustine Cestario The first friars under the leadership of Fr Alphonsus M Domnick traveled the long distance across the country in train and arrived in April of 1951 On September 12 1952 Fr Alphonsus was appointed Pastor of St Alphonsus Parish Dufur which had 4 mission stations attached to it During the four years of his pastorate in Dufur he supervised the building of three churches at these missions St Mary s Wasco was blessed on June 23 1956 St Mary s at Antelope on September 30 1953 St Mary s at Maupin on May 17 1956 Due in part to the great distance which separated the State of Oregon from the main activities of the Province in Pennsylvania the Provincial Congregation in 1956 decided to discontinue the mission in the Diocese of Baker City much to the regret of the Ordinary Most Rev Francis Liepzig who made a special trip east to plead the cause of his diocese During the years of their work the friars had endeared themselves to the bishop priests and faithful The excellence of their work and the apostolic zeal which accompanied it were attested to in several communiqués from Bishop Liepzig to the Minister Provincial The Province ended its work in Oregon in June of 1956 In 1959 the Province accepted the responsibility for the Parish of St Patrick at Inver Grove Heights in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis St Paul Minnesota On October 9th of that same year Fr Alphonsus was appointed pastor with the responsibility to refound this parish of which nothing remained except its cemetery its record books and its title Within seven years Fr Alphonsus had supervised the building of a large parish church a modern rectory convent and catechetical center of several classrooms which is in daily operation With the departure of the Sisters due to the vocational shortage and a realignment of that Community s apostolates the convent had been put to different parish uses In 1986 it was rented by the Province as the locale of its Pre novitiate or Candidate Program The candidates were introduced into fraternal life and shared in the activities of the parish and were enrolled in the Inter Congregational Formation Program However the distance from the other houses of the Province and the small number of candidates led to the transfer of the program back to the Washington house In 1974 the Province accepted the pastoral care of St Bridget s Parish in Minneapolis Fr Patrick Quinn in residence at the parish served as a Spiritual Director and Instructor at the Archdiocesan Major Seminary For a period of several years the friars also served the Archdiocese as pastors of St Peter s and St Joseph s parishes in Delano In 1989 the Province accepted the parish of St Gerard Majella in Brooklyn Park and replaced the Redemptorist Fathers there In the Diocese of Saint Cloud the Province once had a sizeable group of friars engaged in works of teaching nursing parish work and hospital ministry In 1959 the friars of the Province began teaching at the Cathedral High School with residence at the former Benedictine convent rededicated to St Louis King of France About 30 miles further north at Little Falls another group of friars served from 1958 until 1976 as chaplains to the Motherhouse St Francis High School St Otto s Home for the Aged St Gabriel s Hospital and School of Nursing The Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception of Little Falls showed a great respect and appreciation for their chaplains over all the years of service there and our communities are still linked with strong ties of friendship The Province also accepted the chaplaincy at Mercy Hospital at Alexandria and various parishes Many of our friars served in the Diocese of St Cloud in the stimulating atmosphere during the sessions of the Vatican Council and had the opportunity to attend lectures presented by renowned cardinals and theologians at the Benedictines St John s University at Collegeville A good number of the friars later assumed positions of leadership and responsibility in the Province In Kentucky two of our friars John Bartolomucci and Francis Mastrovito began working in the Diocese of Owensboro in 1967 and were greatly appreciated by the bishop clergy sisters and people Bishop Henry Soenneker was originally from the Diocese of St Cloud and had served as chaplain at the Franciscan Motherhouse in Little Falls at an earlier time His sister Sister M Elizabeth had been Mother General of the Little Falls Community and he had a niece at St Gabriel s Hospital so the Franciscan TORs were not unknown to him Fr John had been working with the poor mostly black people of Owensboro He had the dream of bringing some of our friars to establish a house in Owensboro to take on an apostolate among the needy It was still in the early time of consciousness raised by the Civil Rights Movement and it was the desire of the Diocese to establish a presence and service to help Blacks make use of the new possibilities for a better life In 1968 the Province eagerly accepted this opportunity to offer a ministry of direct service to the poor A small group of friars was sent to join Fr John at a house provided for them by the Diocese on Parish Avenue in Owensboro Frs Joseph Quinn John and Bro Sean Long renovated and created programs at the Fr Robert O Connor Center while Fr Seraphin Conley served as Chaplain to the Owensboro Davies Co Hospital The friars were beloved by the people clergy and religious many of whom joined them in their works of mercy After this commitment of the Province ended Fr John stayed on to serve in various parishes of the Diocese until his retirement to St Bernardine s Monastery in 1986 At his funeral a year later in October 1987 his close friend Fr Anthony Ziegler came as the representative of the Diocese and gave a moving tribute to all that Fr John had done and meant to the Church in Owensboro Fr Francis Mastrovito continues the presence of the Province in the Diocese serving as a pastor In 1971 the Province accepted the invitation of Bishop Malone of the Diocese of Youngstown Ohio to provide several instructors for the John F Kennedy High School in Warren The residence of the friars has moved several times but the friars continued as respected and faithful members of the high school staff In 1991 it was decided to phase out this apostolate and the friary closed in 1992 At different times Fr Seraphin Conley and Bro Christian Neetz have served in the Pastoral Care Department of St Elizabeth Hospital Medical Center Bro William Ellert M D served his medical internship at the Center Bro Regis Leonard served on the nursing staff at St Joseph s Hospital Warren At the request of Bishop Malone the Province assumed responsibility for St Michael s Parish Windham in 1974 The State of West Virginia is considered to be Home Mission Territory with a small Catholic population 5 of the total population concentrated in cities and rural towns of the Eastern Panhandle The Province began a permanent commitment to the Church in West Virginia in 1972 when Fr Gerald Hay became the first resident priest in clay County with a mobile home for his Chapel of the the Risen Lord In 1974 Fr Cyprian Mercieca was the first resident priest in Ritchie County at the Mission Christ Our Hope Our friars took on responsibility for Newman Centers at Fairmont State College in 1974 with Fr Jude Molnar and in 1975 at Alderson Broadus Baptist College at Phillipi with Fr Damian Drass Fr Damian is also Pastor of St Elizabeth s Parish In October of 1978 this Parish celebrated the dedication of a lovely modern church and parish center The first priest to minister to the Spanish speaking migrant workers was Fr Joseph Quinn in 1976 After spending a period of time as a hermit Fr Joseph took over the pastorate of Our Lady of Grace Church in Romney and saw the completion of the modern church complex before his death in 1982 In 1978 the Parish of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Stonewood was assigned to the Franciscans to serve as a Regional Center to meet the needs of our community way of life This enabled the friars of the region to have a place for meetings retreat days etc In 1983 Fr Cyprian was named pastor of Annunciation church at Fort Ashby In the same year Fr Theodore Midile was named Administrator of the Diocesan Spiritual Development Pastoral Center at Priest Field The mission parish of Epiphany at Morefield was accepted in 1984 as an opportunity to strengthen the fraternal possibilities for the friars in Romney and Ft Ashby Wilmington Delaware was the scene of an interesting attempt to insert the friars in a friary in the inner city giving service to the poor in an unstructured way San Damiano Friary won many friends for the Order during the brief years of its existence from 1980 1983 It was the means of sponsoring an energetic Fraternity of Secular Franciscans The house was closed in 1983 when the Province accepted the responsibility for St Paul s Parish serving the Hispanic Community The friars turned over this parish to the Holy Name Province of the Friars Minor in 1990 In 1979 our Province accepted the invitation of the Most Rev Thomas J Grady of the Diocese of Orlando Florida to staff the San Pedro Spiritual Life Center in Winter Park On September 1 1979 Fr Guy Noonan was the first of the friars to arrive They administer a lovely well equipped Center located on 500 acres beside Lake Howell The friars offer retreats Days of Recollection and Programs on spiritual themes at the Center and in the parishes of the Orlando Diocese In November of 1992 the year of the Fifth Centennial of the Evangelization of America the Plenary Council of the Order was held at the Center The principal themes considered by the participants were New Evangelization and Inculturation Fr Emile Gentile serves as the Executive Secretary of the Diocesan Department of Priest Placement Fr Rafael Eagle serves the Diocese in the apostolate to the Hispanic population These brief descriptions of some of the works of the Province show that the pastoral zeal of the early friars continues in their successors The Non Clerical Friars of the Province Although listed in the Necrology of our Province Bro William Osbelt never actually joined the Commissariate He had founded a school for Native American children in Minnesota Later he came to live with our friars at Kladder Station until his death in 1923 Bro William is buried there at our community cemetery With many difficulties facing the founders in the early years of the Commissariate and the young Province the acceptance of non clerical candidates was delayed During the provincialate of Fr Louis Hileman the time seemed right for the institution of this aspect of our Order s life The first non clerical member of the Province was Bro Bernard Dougherty who made his first profession of vows on November 24 1946 Beside the traditional service to the Community by managing the domestic needs of a friary many brothers have done and are doing excellent work in such areas as teaching nursing and administration Bro Bernard was the first non clerical friar in modern times to serve as Provincial Definitor 1976 80 and as a Local Minister St

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  • Our Ministies | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    elderly the poor and the homeless We know firsthand that just a few dollars can make the difference between life and death to those living on the edge Through your generous support you can take great satisfaction in knowing you are helping the Friars to bring hope inspiration and comfort to God s children When one of our friars kneels beside a hospital bed to offer comfort and hope to someone who is sick you are there kneeling by his or her side When one of the friars carries the Gospel and the hope of our Lord to a remote community you make the journey with him helping to deliver God s message In the middle of troubles and pain there is a promise of joy The threat of destruction is over and hope springs up again God reminds people of His great love Ask God to fulfill the promises you are waiting on to be fulfilled Praise God for making such wonderful promises and let us rejoice in prayer Since the friars have as their first responsibility the preaching of the Gospels the friars of our Province are engaged in pastoral work in parishes Through participation in this important aspect of the Church s life and ministry the friars try to perpetuate the zeal of St Francis in calling the faithful to join them in the process of constant conversion to Gospel values The staffing of retreat centers is a major apostolate of the Province The friars of our Province staff two retreat centers San Pedro Retreat Center in Orlando Florida and Priestfield Pastoral Center in Kearneysville WV In keeping with the Order s beginnings there are friars who dedicate themselves to the care of the sick as health care professionals doctors nurses chaplains Like St Francis they seek to bind the wounds and heal the brokenness of their sisters and brothers who share in the physical sufferings of Christ One of the important service dimensions of our Order and Province is foreign missionary activity Franciscans of the Third Order Regular have a world consciousness which reflects the missionary stance of the Church The needs of the people are staggering and sometimes the problems of their spiritual life poverty education and medical care are overwhelming There is progress in our missions because our missionaries believe in the reality of the prayer of St Francis of Assisi LORD WHERE THERE IS DESPAIR LET ME SOW HOPE Friars of our Province are also engaged in education Those friars who are in this ministry seek not only to broaden the horizons and challenge the minds of their students but also strive to bring them to personal commitment to Christ and empower them to become instruments of peace and justice Eastern United States Pennsylvania Saint Bernardine Monastery Our Monastery and Care 4 Creation Center Our Lady of Mt Carmel Church Altoona PA Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish St Anthony of Padua Church Windber PA Saint Anthony of Padua Parish Altoona Regional Medical

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  • Province Peace & Justice | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    issues that we ll be hearing more about is immigration reform Our bishops have spoken strongly and unitedly about the need for humane and comprehensive immigration reform On March 19 concerning the upcoming march in Washington Bishop John C Wester of Salt Lake City who is chairman of the U S Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration wrote No doubt many faces in the crowd Sunday will be U S citizens who know the terror of having a loved one deported There are sure to be others there particularly younger immigrants who know the frustration of being unable to fully contribute their talents to the future of our nation They represent only a fraction of the millions who have painful stories about our broken immigration system Yet they all maintain the audacity to hope that America in its wisdom will soon repair it For they are part of the answer to our nation s challenges not the problem For their sake and ours let us not let them down These are powerful words and similar to those I heard from some of you in our discussions about what issues of justice were important to you I ask you to follow the bishops lead more information can be found on their website and call your federal representatives and senators I have heard that our public officials receive eight times more calls against immigrants and so we must renew our efforts to share our side of this story On a different note Fr Pat and I attended the Penn State Agricultural Conference the week after our province chapter Despite the snowstorm a huge crowd attended many of college age which bodes well for the future of our agricultural industry We heard some talks and spoke to many exhibitors about our hopes

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