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Letter to the Nuncio

For Immediate Release 

September 5, 2018

Contact: Fr. Angelus Montgomery, CFR: (212) 234-2203


FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE RENEWAL STATEMENT REGARDING ONGOING CRISIS IN THE CHURCH

 

“Send forth your Light and your Truth” (Ps 43:3)

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,  

Given the grave nature of the situation in the Church today, the Community of Franciscans of the Renewal has written and is making public a letter written to the Apostolic Nuncio to the United States. The letter was sent on the memorial of Saint Teresa of Calcutta (September 5, 2018) as the Friars join their voices to the growing number of Bishops, priests, and lay faithful who are asking for a full investigation into the specific allegations made by the former Nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. The full truth is the first step in bringing justice and healing to the victims of abuse and restoring moral integrity to our Church.

Letter to His Excellency Christophe Pierre

Leading up to the feast of St. Michael the Archangel on September 29, the Friars of the Renewal are taking a time of prayer and fasting, beseeching the Lord to bring about a new grace of renewal in the Church at this time in history. Join us in praying for all victims of abuse, our Holy Father Pope Francis and all Bishops, priests, and lay faithful.

 


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May 2018 Ordinations

 

 

 

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal to Ordain Four to the Priesthood

Please pray for the following friars who will be ordained to the Priesthood, along with their New York classmates, by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at 9 AM at St. Patrick's Cathedral on May 26, 2018:

(the Ordination Mass will be live-streamed here and here)

Dc. Br. Pierre Toussaint Guiteau, C.F.R. 

Dc. Br. Francesco Mary Gavazzi, C.F.R.

Dc. Br. Angelus Immaculata Montgomery, C.F.R.

Dc. Br. Mark-Mary Maximilian Ames, C.F.R.

(Pictured with Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, C.F.R., Director of Priestly Studies)

The Mass of Thanksgiving will be on Sunday, May 27th, 2 PM

at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (E 90th St – btw 2/3 Ave).

(Read their stories click here / listen to their stories – click here)

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal Ordained One to the Diaconate

Bishop Manny Cruz ordained Br. Gabriel Emmanuel Monahan, C.F.R., to the transitional diaconate on May 21, 2018, at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary, Newark, NJ.

 

 

 

 


Health Update – Fr. Andrew Apostoli

 

 

https://youtu.be/pM2_LGTfgKM

EWTN Sunday Night Prime – 2018-01-14 – Remembering Fr. Andrew Apostoli

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To request a funeral card of Fr. Andrew:

http://franciscanfriars.com/fr-andrew-funeral-card-request/

All of the videos from the services for Father Andrew (new):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5m0aP5gFJEA&list=PLACD_tW_nOvX1ub-GHeEabHaS9PQYZZxI

 

Audio and text of the homily given by Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen on March 16, 1967, during the ordination Mass for Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR – click here

Video of the vigil (part 1 of 2) – click here

Video of the vigil (part 2 of 2) – click here

Video of the Funeral Mass – click here

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Wake and Funeral Schedule click here

Please help pass the word that the services for Fr. Andrew will be live streamed here: www.facebook.com/friarsoftherenewal – you will be able to watch even if you don't have a facebook account.

Tues. 12/19 @ 6: 30 PM (EST)
Wed. 12/20 @ 10 AM (EST)

 

From Father's brother Michael Apostoli:

THANK YOU

The family of Father Andrew Apostoli wishes to express its gratitude to all who offered their prayers and encouragement during this difficult time. As challenging as recent days have been for his family our spirits were lifted by your outpouring of love and concern. Your response is truly inspiring.

We would also like to thank the Community of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Renewal for their beautiful demonstration of hospitality and support. The Friars and Sisters cared for and watched out for Fr. Andrew right up until the time of his passing. We should all be so fortunate to have such love and care at the hour of our passing.

Fr. Andrew was also helped along the way by the love and care of the Little Sisters of the Poor at the St. Jean Jugan Residence in the Bronx. These Sisters lovingly provided him with comfort and care for a long period before he returned to the Friary where he completed his journey home to God.

Thank you to all and so many more that we haven’t met who helped along the way.

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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

 


STATEMENT ON THE “RED ROSE RESCUES”

http://franciscanfriars.com/latest-news/statement-on-the-red-rose-rescues/

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May 2017 Ordinations

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal to Ordain Six to the Priesthood

Please pray for the following brothers who will be ordained to the Priesthood, along with their New York classmates, by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at 9 AM at St. Patrick's Cathedral on May 27, 2017:

(the Ordination Mass will be live-streamed here and here)

Br. Tansi Mary Ibisi, C.F.R.

Br. Roch Mary Greiner, C.F.R.

Br. Justin Jesusmaria Alarcon, C.F.R.

Br. Stephen Marie Dufrene, C.F.R.

Br. Giles Maria Barrie, C.F.R.

Br. John Mary Johannssen, C.F.R.

The first Mass will be on Sunday, May 28th, 1 PM at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church (E 90th St – btw 2/3 Ave).

 

Franciscan Friars of the Renewal to Ordain Four to the Diaconate

Please pray for the following brothers who will be ordained to the transitional Diaconate by Bishop John O'Hara at St. Crispin Friary in the South Bronx on May 22, 2017:

Br. Pierre Toussaint Guiteau, C.F.R. 

Br. Angelus Immaculata Montgomery, C.F.R.

Br. Francesco Mary Gavazzi, C.F.R.

Br. Mark-Mary Maximilian Ames, C.F.R.

(Pictured with Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, C.F.R., Director of Priestly Studies)