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  • Saint Francis of Assisi | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    The assumption in the preaching of John the Baptist through Jesus to the first apostolic sermons is that we are on the wrong path moving away from God To do penance to convert is to make an about face and take a new path Conversion isfrom sin injustice lies selfishness guilt etc to salvation justice truth pardon others Our thoughts are changed to be in harmony with God s thoughts and our ways are changed to His ways In both Old and New Testaments penance involved a change of Lords A constant biblical theme is repentance of idolatry False gods idols had entered the household of the faith alien gods demanded a service due only to the Lord God These idols were not the little or large gold silver or wooden statues but what these represented or promised Our contemporary idols are not much different wealth power a haughty pride sex military might Conversion meant a turning away from the reigning idolatries back to the living God So in the New Testament to do penance or to be converted can only be understood from the perspective of the Kingdom of God To be converted to Christ meant to join Him to follow Him to transfer allegiance to Him and so become a member of the Kingdom actively cooperating with Him to realize the prayer Thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven Jesus calls His disciples together to explain in the Sermon on the Mount what this Kingdom is all about Mt 5 7 Lk 6 It is a clear and practical vision of what it means to follow Jesus He teaches about very concrete realities money possessions power violence anxiety sexuality faith and the law security true and false religion the treatment of our neighbor and our enemy How we respond to these issues is the test of whether we have in fact transferred our allegiance to Jesus Every part of our lives belongs to the One God who created and redeemed us To do penance is to surrender oneself to God in every aspect of our human existence Penance is the decision to allow ourselves to be remade It is a continuing attitude and not a once and finished event It is a moment and yet at the same time a process of transformation which deepens and extends through the whole of our lives Usually for most in the early stages of conversion there is only a confused idea of our sins and complicity in a lifestyle which is alien to God but knowledge and repentance grows The warmth of God s grace melts the soul bringing a clarity of perception so that one is truly able to recognize oneself as sinner This is not a crushing sensation however but a liberating one whose impulse is to move towards God We see by God s grace that our lives have left the path of virtue which is a reflection of the eternal

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  • Saint Bernardine Monastery | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    August 25 1925 Representing the Minister General at this ceremony and during the subsequent Provincial Congregation our first was the Very Rev Bernardine Russo The first Minister Provincial was the Very Rev Jerome Zazzara who had been serving as the Commissary since 1920 The new Province promptly applied for legal status through its incorporation by civil law in the State of Pennsylvania at the local county courthouse The next move was to build a House of Formation on the tract of land at Hollidaysburg which they had purchased several years earlier The Monastery building was erected and dedicated to St Bernardine of Siena to honor it is said the patron saint of the Minister General s delegate Fr Bernardine Russo who had proved a wise and friendly advisor to the friars It was a proud occasion for the friars of the new Province when in the summer of 1928 Bishop McCort in the presence of a large crowd of clergy and laity blessed and laid the cornerstone of the Monastery building The first class of candidates was accepted on October 17 1929 This first group was composed of John Flannelly Paul Hatch Louis Hileman and Cletus Adams A fifth member of the group Joseph Soltis did not persevere The faculty of the Monastery school consisted of Fr Benignus Gallagher Angelo Piacentini Charles Smyth and Albert Petaccia STD a secular priest who gave his time and talents to the Province from 1929 until his death in 1949 Another friar who taught at the Monastery at that time was Fr Anthony Bauza of the Spanish Province who taught at St Francis College and came down from Loretto to give classes in Gregorian Chant The first Investiture Ceremony took place in the Monastery chapel on January 6 1930 when Bros John Flannelly and

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  • Celebrating 50 Years in Paraguay | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    so many friars At this time the friars of the Commissariate decided to concentrate their efforts on promoting vocations and providing a program of formation A simple novitiate building was built on our property joining the Cruce parish and Fr Raphael took on a new role as Novice Master In the course of his Visitation the Minister General Fr Roland Faley encouraged our friars and the Italian friars of the Assisi Province working in the next diocese at San Estanislao to combine efforts to provided a stronger program of Formation for the increasing number of Paraguayans coming to both Commissariates In 1979 the Inter Provincial Conference of Paraguay was established by Fr Roland with Fr Seraphin Conley the Commissary Provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province as the first President It was agreed to begin our formation collaboration at the novitiate level in the existing locale at the Cruce Since San Gregorio the Minor Seminary of the Assisi Province at Santani was filled to capacity and could not provide places for the young men coming to us it was decided to set up our own Pre Novitiate Program in Coronel Oviedo The former house at the end of our friary property which had served as the residence for Mons Pechillo was converted into the Casa Vocacional San Damian providing a provisional locale for 10 candidates enrolled at the old Colegio Parroquial and later its successor Colegio Mons Geronimo Pechillo T 0 R Fr Seraphin served as the first Director of the Casa Vocacional for several years until his return to the United States An impressive number of our Paraguayan friars began their Franciscan journey in this humble place The first member of the Class of Founders Fray Dario Coronel was ordained on January 21 1989 and went on for studies in Franciscan Spirituality at the Antonianum in Rome An Inter Provincial program for the clerics of the two Commissariates was also set up at the existing House of the Italian friars in Barrio Herrera Asuncion This residence soon was inadequate to the number of friars and there was difficulty in purchasing the adjoining property for expansion The two Provinces approved the building of a new clericate next to the Theological Institute at the new campus of the Universidad Catolica in Lambare Asuncion At present the friary at Herrera serves as the residence for the junior professed friars and older postulants doing studies with the Jesuits at Colegio Xavier and the House of Studies at Lambare is for the clerics studying Philosophy and Theology The Inter Provincial Conference had its share of tensions in working out the problems that arose as Italians Americans and Paraguayans tried to harmonize their understandings temperaments and experiences for the Order s future in Paraguay A great deal of the problem seemed rooted in an organizational structure which was often inadequate to respond quickly or decisively whenever problems arose As a means of avoiding such problems the Minister General in a letter of February 1991 placed the

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  • Ministry to the Sick | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    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 Ministry to the Sick Submitted by admin on Thu 11 18 2010 11 28 Our friars minister sacraments to the sick as Hospital Chaplains and many of our retired friars continue their ministry by attending to the many needs of the faithful in hospitals and hospice around the country and offer Masses and prayers for the health of our benefactors 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 Videos Masses and Enrollments Enrollment Cards Mass Cards Contact Us Prayer Requests Vocations Contact Form Links Blog Privacy Policy Franciscan Prayers Act Of Consecration To Saint Anthony O glorious Saint Anthony servant and friend of God I salute you through the most loving Heart of our

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  • Bangladesh | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    a new entity In the 1960 s Brother Kevin and Father Emmanuel from Bangladesh made their novitiate and professed their vows with the Province of Saint Thomas in India Both men could visit their native land without difficulty however in 1975 the assassination of the founder of Banglades changed that When Father Emmanuel went to renew his visa he was told he oculd no longer minister in India He returned to Bangladesh and became a TOR Franciscan without a fraternity The minister general at the time the Moast Reverend Fr Bonaventure Midili TOR assigned Father Emmanuel first to a fraternity in Italy and then to one in Sri Lanka While in Sri Lanka three young friends from Bangladesh expressed a desire to become Franciscan Friars of the Third Order Regular Fr Emmanuel arranged for them to go to Sri Lanka for their formation Father Emmanual returned to Bangladesh where he was called to assist the Bishop of Dinajpur He met many other young men who asked him about entering the Franciscan life With the help of the Province of St Thomas and the PIME Fathers the friars were able to build Assisi Bhavan The general and provincial ministers kept hoping that the relationships between India and Bangladesh would stabilize Instead diplomatic relations worsened At the General Chapter of the Order in 1995 the Province of Saint Thomas proposed that the Third Order Regular establish a Delegation that is a unit of the Order dependent on the general minister In July 1999 the Most Reverend Bonaventure Midili TOR Minister General of the time blessed the new novitiate and received three novices The number of young men who sense a call by God to the Franciscan way is promissing New units friars bring with them the hope of new life for our

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  • The Basilica of Saints Cosmas & Damian | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    archeological complex in the midst of an extensive natural park which recalls so many historical events and memories The building was originally a Roman structure it s purpose its not certain but it belonged to Vespasian s Forum of Peace and may have been one of the libraries of that forum It was rebuilt and consecrated as a church in the 6th century probably by Pope St Felix IV in 527 The circular structure known as the Temple of Romulus in the Forum Romanum is incorporated in the church In front of the present entrance on the Via dei Fori Imperiali rose the Forum of Vespasian 71 75 AD and the Temple of Peace to the right was the Velian hill then the Domus Aurea or Golden House of Nero 64 AD and the Coliseum To the left was the Forum of Nerva or Transitorio 96 98 AD the Forum of Augustus with the Temple of Mars 31 2 BC the Forum of Trajan 98 117 AD with its famous Column the Ulpian Basilica and the Trajan Markets 107 113 AD Behind the Basilica whose original entrance opened out onto the Via Sacra one can admire the Roman Forum with its many monuments and the Palatine Hill with the palaces of the Caesars the Arch of Titus 81 AD the Arch of Constantine 315 AD the ColiseumI 72 80 AD the Temple of Venus and Rome 46 AD renovated in 121 136 the Basilica of Maxentius 306 312 AD the Temple of the Dioscuri 484 BC the House of the Vestal Virgins reconstructed in 64 AD the Julian Basilica and the Forum of Caesar 51 44 BC the Rostrum 44 BC the Temple of Saturn 497 BC and the Campidoglio the Arch of Septimus Severus 203 AD the Curia of

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  • Our Retired Friars | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    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 Our Retired Friars Submitted by admin on Thu 11 18 2010 11 44 The majority of our retired friars choose to continue ministering years after they retire The retired friars visit the sick offer Mass for our benefactors and some volunteer to work in the Mission Office and assist with Province governance Many of our retired friars reside at Saint Bernardine Moanstery others live in friaries with active friars You can learn more about a retired Franciscans needs by reading an article about from the USSCB which featured our community Please consider donating to support a retired Franciscan today 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 Videos Masses and Enrollments Enrollment Cards Mass Cards Contact Us Prayer Requests Vocations Contact Form Links Blog Privacy Policy Franciscan Prayers Act Of Consecration To Saint

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  • Leadership | The Franciscan Friars, TOR
    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 Us Our Ministries Province History Care

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