Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Health Update – Fr. Andrew Apostoli

It is with a profound joy mixed with sadness that we announce the passing of our dear founder and spiritual father. Father Andrew Joseph Apostoli, CFR, peacefully breathed his last at 9:26 AM, on Wednesday, December 13, 2017. He was surrounded by the love and prayers of his brothers.

Wake and Funeral Schedule

Announcement of Passing

Community Statement

CFR Sisters Statement

Fr. Andrew Joseph Apostoli, CFR, Obituary

 

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Father Andrew update (9:30 PM) December 12, 2017

Father is still with us but it won’t be long now. “I believe that I shall see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yea, wait for the LORD!” (Psalm 27)

 

 

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Fr. Andrew Health Update (9 PM) December 11, 2017 

Father is still with us but it won't be long now. We are asking our special CFR patroness Our Lady of Guadalupe to come and hold her faithful son in the folds of her mantle and the embrace of her arms, and to carry him to Our Father's house! Michael Apostoli, Father Andrew's little brother, is staying with us tonight and wanted me to express our thanks for all of the prayers and support. Father is surrounded by prayers and love during this Advent time of watching and waiting.

We had a most powerful Mass at Father's bedside today. Our hearts were burning as we heard the Gospel story of the paralytic who was lowered through the roof before Jesus. As I raised the host above Father's bedridden body we could sense Jesus saying "Your sins are forgiven. Rise and come home to heaven!"

Father Andrew had been a friend and confidant to Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 

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Fr. Andrew Health Update (8:30 PM) December 10, 2017 

Thank you for all of the prayers, keep them going! Father is still with us awaiting the arrival of the Lord who is near.

Today's Evening Prayer antiphon:

The Lord will come; he is true to his word.
If he seems to delay, keep watch for him,
he will surely come, alleluia.

The first reading at Mass (Isaiah 40) and Midday Prayer (Psalm 23) had a shepherd theme today.

From the archives:

 

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Fr. Andrew Health Update (3 PM) December 9, 2017 

Thank you for the prayers. Fr. Andrew is still with us but will be going home to God very soon. We are asking the intercession of Ven. Archbishop Sheen who passed this day in 1979 & had ordained father to the priesthood! Fr. Andrew was the vice-postulator of his cause.

 

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Fr. Andrew Health Update (PM) December 7, 2017 

Father is still with us. As the night concluded we gathered around his bed and sang this traditional hymn to Mother Mary. Please join us in praying for Father Andrew during this important time:

   Ultima in mortis hora

   Filium pro nobis ora

   Bonam mortem impetra

   Virgo, Mater Domina

 

   In our last and needful hour,

   Come and aid us with thy power,

   Happy death for us obtain,

   Virgin Mary, fairest Queen

 

This video is from EWTN today:

https://youtu.be/hFR2t3fISiQ

 

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Fr. Andrew Health Update December 5, 2017 

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and the Apostoli family continue to be grateful for the outpouring of support and prayers for Fr. Andrew over the past month as he has entered into the final stages of a battle with cancer, which has caused a very serious decline in his health. In this final stage of Fr. Andrew’s life he continues to receive great care from healthcare professionals and friars who are always at his side. During these final days the Apostoli family and the CFR community ask for continued prayers and also privacy for Fr. Andrew as it has become evident that he can no longer receive public visitors or phone calls at this time. 

For accurate and timely updates on Fr. Andrew’s health, please continue to check www.franciscanfriars.com/health-update-fr-andrew-apostoli and the CFR social media pages. As we begin this time of Advent, we have grateful hearts for these final days we have been given with Fr. Andrew as he awaits the arrival of the Lord.  Come Lord Jesus!

 

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November 10, 2017

My dear friends in Christ, 

It saddens me to announce that due to a recent decline in my health, I am no longer able to keep a public schedule at this time. Unfortunately, talks and retreats that are currently scheduled must now be canceled. Please email: franciscanfriarsnyc@gmail.com with any questions. I continue to be grateful for all the prayers and support and certainly extend my prayers and blessings to you all. 

 

May Christ and His Holy Mother Bless you! 

 

– Fr. Andrew