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St. Francis of Assisi Church

Father Roy Gasnick, ‘Superhero,’ Dies

Father Roy Gasnick, a Franciscan priest bred in North Jersey, was a superhero to the Order and Holy Name Province. While heading the communications office of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province, he plunged into a venture that was as wildly successful as it was improbable:...
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Frank Critch Ordained to Priesthood

St. Francis of Assisi Church in northern Virginia was the setting for the priestly ordination of Frank Critch, OFM. Hundreds gathered for the celebration, including family members from Frank’s hometown in Newfoundland, Canada. The former chef and restaurant owner, who joined the...
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Franciscan Discernment: The Choice to Listen

“How do I listen to God’s call for my life?” “Where is God leading me?” The following reflection, by Brother John Maganzini, OFM, shares helpful tips for discerning God’s call for your life. Feel free to share any additional suggestions that...
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New York City “Come and See” Guests Experience Franciscan Commitment to Poor

By Fr. Brian Smail, OFM The spirit behind the Breadline and the St. Francis residences reflects a core concern of the Franciscans: the dignity of the human person. This tenet of Franciscan spirituality had its origins in the memorable encounter with St. Francis and the leper....
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Cardinal McCarrick Ordains Two Friars

May 21 was a day of celebration for our Province as friars from throughout the eastern Coast gathered at Holy Name of Jesus Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side for the ordination of Cidouane Joseph, OFM, and Erick Lopez, OFM. For both men, this joyful event was “an opportunity...
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Ordination Day for Our Brothers

One of the integral aspects of Franciscan life is the celebration of joyful events and milestones. Whether it be something as simple as a friar birthday or as significant as the profession of simple or solemn vows, the friars enjoy coming together to celebrate. On Saturday, May...
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Three Friars Make Solemn Profession

Brothers Fred Dilger, OFM, Larry Anderson, OFM, and Juan de la Cruz Turcios, OFM, professed their final Franciscan vows on August 22, 2009. The festive Mass was celebrated by our Provinical John O’Connor, OFM, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. Over 100...
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