By CNA Staff Vatican City, Jul 17, 2021 / 05:00 am Pope Francis urged members of the Order of Friars Minor on Saturday to seek renewal as they face “the challenges of declining numbers and aging.” In a message to participants of the order’s general chapter in Rome on July
As a friar and priest, I took vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience, meaning that there is a lot of things I can’t do in this world. Many would see this as throwing my life away, but I can’t help but see the opposite.
Cincinnati – Fr. Jack Wintz, OFM. He was a teacher, a missionary, an award-winning journalist, and an author whose books brought comfort to grieving pet owners. A man of many talents, Fr. Jack Wintz, OFM, died Jan. 11 in Cincinnati at the age of 84. In his long and distinguished
by Hannah Brockhaus Rome Newsroom, Jan 10, 2021 / 03:52 pm MT (CNA).- For the first time in over 54 years, the Franciscan friars of the Custody of the Holy Land were able to offer Mass on their property at the site of Christ’s baptism, located in the West Bank.
He made the night a little brighter (Br. Martin Humphreys, OFM, died Friday, November 20 at his home, the St. John the Baptist friary. He was 94 years old and the senior of the province by age.) Br. Gene Mayer did not mince words describing Br. Martin Humphreys: “He was
by Courtney Mares Rome Newsroom, Nov 23, 2020 / 07:05 am MT (CNA).- Franciscan friar Mauro Gambetti was ordained a bishop Sunday afternoon in Assisi less than a week before he will become a cardinal. At 55 years old, Gambetti will be the third youngest member of the College of
by Courtney Mares Rome Newsroom, Sep 17, 2020 / 11:00 am MT (CNA).- When asked by his superior if he wanted to leave Aleppo during the Syrian Civil War, Fr. Edward Tamer replied that he would remain with the people “to die with them and for them.” Now, having survived
by Christine Rousselle Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Apr 25, 2020 / 12:00 pm MT (CNA).- Fr. Brendan Buckley, OFM. Cap., had never heard of the Zoom before this past March and the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. After his home in the Diocese of Brooklyn became a center of COVID-19 illness
By Jonah McKeown Washington D.C., Mar 21, 2020 / 04:07 pm (CNA).- A Franciscan friar is the first person known to have died as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the District of Columbia. Br. John-Sebastian Laird-Hammond, OFM, was hospitalized with the virus last week, and died Friday, the Washington