Dear Friends,

Greetings in the Lord from the Franciscan Friars of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation!

The Season of Easter is that graced moment of our lives open to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on each of us. It is not the time to sit back. It is a time for action, for participation. Participation fosters fraternity, unity, and synodality in the Church and society. Friar Ian invites us to look around our neighborhood to those unseen heroes who give of themselves with the great love that is the backbone of a community.

“Why do you wish to make vows?” is a question that friar André Miller reflects upon as he and the other friar-novices prepare to profess the vows of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience. André’ reflects that it is his best attempt to radically respond to God’s radical love, ‘through the “crazy” method of St. Francis, which is ‘to observe the Holy Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ.’

Community building is fostered in parishes. Friar Bob Roddy, OFM Conv, writes of two women from different parish communities who share the importance of service and giving back to their communities, especially those on the margins of communities.

Participation in the ministry to refugees on the border of El Paso, Texas, and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, is a ministry of welcome and love by friar Jarek and volunteers at the Holy Family Refugee Center. “In the Gospel, the Holy Family, Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus, fled into the desert and sought refuge and shelter. In El Paso, Texas, the Holy Family Refugee Center gives shelter to refugee families.”

We friars will continue to remember you, our dear friends and companions, in our daily prayers and devotions.

May God bless you and fill you with the Peace of our Lord!

Sincerely in Christ, St. Francis, and St. Anthony

Fr. John Elmer OFM Conv.
Spiritual Director

The Power of Participation

Small Town, Great Love: The Unseen Heroes of Carey’s Faith Community By friar Ian Bremmar, OFM Conv. As I consider what it means to participate in the life of the Church, the Village of Carey, Ohio and Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation come to mind. Small towns are easily dismissed, but…
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Celebrating San Antonio

Celebrating San Antonio The Tigua Nation’s Joyful Devotion to Their Patron Saint by friar Bob Roddy, OFM Conv. The Conventual Franciscans have had pastoral responsibility for the Ysleta Mission of San Antonio and the parish of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in El Paso, Texas since 1991. The parish and mission are…
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Community Building in Franciscan Parishes – Parishioners’ Perspectives

Community Building in Franciscan Parishes Parishioners’ Perspectives by friar Bob Roddy, OFM Conv. We interviewed parishioners, Jennifer Yennes-Vizhnay, of St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Clarksville, Indiana and Becky Morris, of Holy Family Parish in Louisville, Kentucky and asked them to share their impressions of the pastoral leadership of the Conventual Franciscan Friars…
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Embracing Hope

El Paso del Norte means the path to the north. As Spanish explorers followed the Río Grande River northward in 1581, they would come to see two mountain ranges rising out of the desert with a deep chasm in between. The mountain ranges resembling arms welcoming the first Franciscan friars walking alongside…
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2022-2023 Jubilarians

You shall proclaim liberty in the land for its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you… Leviticus 25:10 Most of our friends know that the friars love a good party. Every year, the friars in the Province of Our Lady of Consolation acknowledge their brothers who have reached threshold years in…
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Participating in Christ’s Redemptive Work: A Novice’s Journey

Participating in Christ’s Redemptive Work: A Novice’s Journey By friar André Miller, OFM Conv. In tandem with catechumens going through their own ‘scrutinies’ right now before being baptized on Holy Saturday, we novices are also receiving a type of inquiry called a “scrutinium” from the Minister Provincial before our profession of temporary…
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The Power of Prayer – Summer 23

Friar Bob decided to thoroughly clean one of the refrigerators in the Washington, DC friary. After removing the shelves, and cleaning them, he needed to re-install them and was having great difficulty with one shelf in particular. Exasperated, friar Bob prayed out loud to Jim Hand, the late head of maintenance at…
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Donor Story – Mary Hart

On March 4th, 2023 our beloved friend and benefactor, Mary Hart was called to her eternal home. Mary was an ardent supporter of the Franciscans, especially Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake, MN. Mary’s relationship with the friars stretched from the days of Assumption Seminary in Chaska, MN in the…
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Deepening Communion: One Friar’s Experience

From left to right: Cardinal Mauro Gambetti, OFM Conv., Archpriest of St. Peter’s Basilica, Vicar General of His Holiness for Vatican City and President of the Fabric of St. Peters, friar Martin Day, OFM Conv., Minister Provincial of the Province of Our Lady of Consolation, and friar Carlos Trovarelli, OFM Conv., Minister…
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