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  • Province History | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    moment the Province did not have to provide a Master of Clerics The then clerics Friars John Flannelly Paul Hatch and Louis Hileman were 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

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  • Our Ministies | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    to assist in local communities in need of spiritual guidance and compassion In the midst of this ministry we reach out to infants and 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

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  • Province Peace & Justice | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    of all of its implications but I am grateful that Congress can move on with other pressing needs in the country One of these important 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

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  • C4C | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    list First Name Email Address Home C4C Welcome to Care for Creation and the Monastery Community Gardens The Care for Creation Project was started by the Franciscan Friars TOR Province of the Immaculate Conception as a concrete response to the signs of the times concerning the environmental crisis The project aims to spread the vision of St Francis of Assisi who regarded all creatures as sister and brother by sharing our land and spiritual heritage with the larger community To this end the Friars have opened the beautiful property of St Bernardine s Monastery to community gardening and Care 4 Creation programming that focuses on sustainability and cultivating a spirituality inclusive of creation The friars have enjoyed the opportunities to build community share with the less fortunate and have fun Mission of the Care for Creation Project The Care for Creation C4C project provides to the public quality land for green produce production and offers presentations on environmental sustainability to develop a spiritually inclusive of creation while cultivating community through seasonal events and donating surplus produce to the poor Goals of the C4C Project Promote environmental sustainability Offer environmental education Build community Monastery Community Gardens and the Care for Creation Project announce its Spring Gardening How to series to be presented at 6 30 PM every Wednesday evening in March at the Care for Creation Center on Monastery Road off Route 36 Hollidaysburg These classes are taught by Penn State Master Gardeners and are open to the public free of charge The Franciscan Friars sponsor these educational opportunities to promote Care for Creation C4C and to strengthen ties with local communities For more information about this initiative contact Brother John Kerr TOR through our development office at 814 695 3802 Reservations are not required but would be helpful Check back

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  • The Franciscan Friars, TOR, Province of the Immaculate Conception | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home The Franciscan Friars TOR Province of the Immaculate Conception The life and spirituality of the Franciscans Friars Third Order Regular TOR Province of the Immaculate Conception USA Video Part I Video Part II When you are ready to begin your Franciscan journey contact our Vocation Director via this form Or you may call Father David TOR

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  • Discernment | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Discernment Admission to Our Formation Program To be considered into our formation program you must meet the following Minimum age of 21 Baptized and Catholic for at least 2 years Single no dependents Not older than 40 there can be exceptions to this Positive Signs of a Vocation 1 Educational Development Productive self growth between the completion of high school and admission to our community further education job training or meaningful employment Ability to complete studies for the ministerial priesthood or to obtain certificate or degree necessary to minister as a brother 2 Religious Development Personal faith in God and a call to serve in the Church Relationship with God characterized by prayerfulness stability growth and maturity Reasonably developed understanding of Christian doctrine and morality Awareness of the life and mission of the Church today Desire to serve the poor needy and marginalized to live in simplicity and to find and embrace Christ in all creation 3 Moral Development Christian moral values must be rooted in his character and he must possess the personal integrity necessary to live out Gospel values Ability to transcend cultural values 4 Motivation Desire to live Franciscan life Capacity for ongoing conversion in terms of being open and responsive to God s call Desire to minister in the Church and to serve generously 5 Human Development An appropriate degree of personal autonomy and self direction healthy emotional and psycho sexual development A secure identity Reverence for creation and other cultures and religions The capacity for cultivating interpersonal relationships 6 Physical Health The applicant should be in good health and free from chronic ailments Physical handicaps are not impediments to acceptance unless they interfere with community life or preclude being able to minister Physically active 7 Financial

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  • Exploration | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Living For the Deceased For Health Triduum Novena Birthdays Christmas Special Occasions View All Mass Cards Enrollments Perpetual Annual Health and Healing Special Occasions View All Enrollments Prayers Navigation Masses and Enrollments Donate Now Blogs Forums Contact Franciscan Information Quotes Our Ministries The Secular Franciscan Order SFO User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Exploration If you are interested in possibly joining us you are encouraged to form a relationship with a spiritual director if you haven t already done so Please contact our vocation director directly or fill out and submit the Vocation Contact Form We recommend that the spiritual director be a religious since they will be able to help you assess whether or not you are being invited to join a religious community For more information contact Fr David T O R Vocation Director 1 800 220 0867 toll free 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 Vocations Discernment Exploration Formation Blog Vocation

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  • Formation | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    Health and Healing Special Occasions View All Enrollments Prayers Navigation Masses and Enrollments Donate Now Blogs Forums Contact Franciscan Information Quotes Our Ministries The Secular Franciscan Order SFO User login Username Password Create new account Request new password Join our email list First Name Email Address Home Formation After appropriate discernment and entrance requirements are met one is admitted to the following phases of formation POSTULANCY Designed to help the candidate discern the Third Order Regular Franciscan way of life 1 2 years Gradual introduction into religious life Includes religious and educational formation Live in experience NOVITIATE Focuses on Franciscan formation More intensive reflection and discernment Emphasis on discernment deepening one s interior life and study of history and spirit of Order At conclusion the novice professes temporary or simple vows of poverty chastity and obedience POST NOVITIATE Period of deepening one s commitment Continued time of preparation for ministry Continued time of discernment in preparation for taking solemn vows Contact our Vocation Director for more information on joining the Franciscan Friars TOR 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

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