Statement on the Supreme Court Decision | Same Sex Marriage Ruling
“Grace Abounds”…Romans 5:20
In the midst of present day moral confusion and the cultural attack on the Christian way of life in the United States and around the world, there is a real temptation to discouragement and even despair. As the news continues to report the “victory lap” that is being taken by those who offer a different way of understanding marriage and sexuality, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal find great hope in the powerful presence of God at work in the countless couples, families, and individuals who are heroically faithful to the Gospel and the truth of marriage and sexuality according to God’s design. We also find great hope in those individuals who experience same sex attraction and have made the free, heroic and self-sacrificing choice to live the virtue of chastity in a culture where the alternative is in fact much easier and socially celebrated.
There are many questions being asked about the way forward for the Church as she faces the stark reality of these present day challenges and trials. As we have heard echoed over the past few days from the Bishops in the United States and from those who speak in fidelity with the Church and her teaching, Christ is the answer. Jesus who is the Truth (John 14:6) is our refuge, strength, consolation, and way forward. His Grace abounds in the midst of temptation, confusion, and darkness. His love is our response, the powerful statement that must be made to those who agree with the Church and also for those who disagree. In a time where a misguided compassion seems to dictate that true love and true religion not only should accept the sinner but also the sin, we with great respect and humility, boldly call for a renewed courageous witness among all Catholics, Christians and people of good will. This witness, modeled by Jesus, doesn’t tire of loving and showing genuine compassion to our brothers and sisters who experience same sex attraction and who are caught up in the challenges and difficulties of the current cultural crisis. However, at the same time we urge an ever more courageous proclamation of the truth of marriage and God’s beautiful plan for human sexuality.
In this pressing time, we pray for the intercession of our late founder Fr. Benedict Groeschel and his dear friend Fr. John Harvey, who was the founder of Courage, an outreach to those who experience same sex attraction and strive to freely choose to live a chaste way of life (http://couragerc.org/). We are inspired by their fidelity and commitment to the truth of the Church and the Gospel.
Please pray for Deacon Brothers Christopher Joseph McBride & Ignatius Mary Shin who will be ordained to the priesthood on May 23rd. They will be ordained, along with their New York classmates, by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at 9 AM at St. Patrick's Cathedral. The first Mass will be on Sunday, May 24th, at 10 AM at St. Crispin Friary in the South Bronx.
Please pray for Brothers Innocent, Xavier, Dismas, Bernardino & Antonio who will be ordained to the transitional Diaconate on May 18th. They will be ordained by Bishop John O'Hara at 1:30 PM at St. Crispin Friary in the South Bronx .
For Immediate Release
May 12, 2015
Contact: Br. Angelus Montgomery, CFR: 914-965-8143
FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE RENEWAL, EAGER FOR COMING MISSION IN NEWBURGH, NY
Friars look forward to new opportunities to live their mission of prayer, evangelization, and accompaniment of the poor, as planning and preparation are underway for their future service in the northern counties of the Archdiocese of New York
Upon the invitation of His Eminence Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, after a year of fruitful dialogue and discussion with Archdiocesan officials, have agreed to open a friary in Newburgh, New York, in the near future.
While details of their service and mission are still being worked out, the Friars have been asked to be particularly aware of the needs of the poor and immigrants in Newburgh, which is a part of the pastoral plan of the Archdiocese. They are looking forward to the new opportunity to live their charism of prayer and renewal and are grateful to Cardinal Dolan for the invitation. Fr. John Paul Ouellette, the Community Servant (Superior) of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, expressed his excitement and gratitude: “We are grateful for the invitation of Cardinal Dolan to expand our presence and ministry in the Archdiocese of New York. We look forward to the upcoming transition period of discernment and discussion on how we can best serve the needs of the Church and people in Newburgh.”
The timing of their arrival in Newburgh is still under consideration and will be announced at a later date.
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For Immediate Release
May 4, 2015
Contact: Br. Angelus Montgomery, CFR: 718-402-8255
FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE RENEWAL, AFTER EIGHT YEARS OF FAITHFUL SERVICE IN THE DIOCESE OF FORT WORTH, SET TO RETURN TO NEW YORK CITY
Friars depart grateful for the graces and gifts received for fulfilling their mission of faithful prayer, evangelization and dedicated service to the poor and marginalized
On May 31, 2015, after eight years in the Diocese of Fort Worth, the Friars at Sacred Heart Friary will be closing their doors and returning to their Community’s home base in New York City. With the original invitation from Bishop Kevin Vann, the former Bishop of Fort Worth, the Friars arrived in the diocese almost a decade ago to live out faithfully their consecrated life and actively serve the poor and those on the fringe of society.
Over the course of the past year, the Friars and Bishop Michael Olson have been in fruitful dialogue and evaluation about the Community’s work within the context of the pastoral plan of the diocese and the present needs of the Friars, in particular the outgrowing of the present Friary and the pressing need for a new building. After prayerful discernment, the mutual decision was made to complete the Friars mission in the diocese of Fort Worth.
Bishop Michael F. Olson of the Diocese of Fort Worth expressed his deep gratitude to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: “We are thankful to the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal for joining our efforts during the past eight years of prayers and outreach to help the homeless and marginalized at St. Benedict Mission. I am especially grateful for their love and devoted service to the poor among us.”
Fr. John Paul Ouellette, the Community Servant (Superior) of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal also expressed his gratitude: “We are profoundly grateful to Bishop Vann and Bishop Olson for their support and fatherly care over the past decade. Our Brothers are sincerely grateful for the tremendous privilege of serving the guests of St. Benedict's Mission and for the love and fidelity of the CFR lay associates and friends.”
The Friars will return to New York City following the solemn feast of the Most Holy Trinity in late May.
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STATEMENT OF THE FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE RENEWAL
ON THE DEATH OF HIS EMINENCE, FRANCIS CARDINAL GEORGE
The Friars wish to express their sadness upon learning of the passing of Cardinal Francis George.
We are particularly thankful for the friendship, guidance and example of Cardinal George. A fellow religious and stalwart leader of the Archdiocese of Chicago, His Eminence was a prophetic voice in our times. We are especially grateful for his support of our Father Bob Lombardo and the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels outreach on the West Side of Chicago.
May his soul, and the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.