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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)


FRANCISCAN FRIARS OF THE RENEWAL – Statement on Pontifical Recognition

Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
Community Office
420 East 156th Street
Bronx, New York  10455

718-402-8255  Fax: 718-402-5556


For Immediate Release

December 8, 2016


Contact: Br. Angelus Montgomery, CFR: 914-965-8143



With gratitude to the Most High God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and St. Francis, and with heartfelt appreciation to our Holy Father, Pope Francis, the Franciscans of the Renewal rejoice on this day, December 8, 2016, for having received notice from Rome in being granted recognition as a religious institute of pontifical right. The decree was signed by his Eminence, João Cardinal Bráz de Aviz, Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and his Archbishop Secretary, José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, on 13 June 2016, Feast of St. Anthony of Padua.

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal were founded in 1987, in the Archdiocese of New York, when eight American Capuchins desired a form of Franciscan life dedicated specifically to service of the poor and evangelization. The group was established as an institute of diocesan right by Cardinal John O’Connor in 1999. Currently, there are about 100 perpetually professed members of the institute serving in 10 dioceses and archdioceses, in six countries, committed to the mission of serving the poor and most vulnerable, and passionately preaching the Gospel in the New Evangelization.

The Holy See describes the Institute’s charism: “After the manner of St. Francis of Assisi, the friars seek to follow in the footsteps of Jesus, as a prophetic witness that life is a pilgrimage to the Father, of faith, hope, and love of God and neighbor, made possible by the Holy Spirit. They participate in Christ’s renewal of all things through their prayer, fraternal life, service of the poor, and evangelization, as a complement to the work of those whose mission is to serve parochially.”

Fr. John Paul Ouellette, the General Servant (superior), expressed his thoughts: “After having been nurtured so faithfully by the Archdiocese of New York throughout these years, most recently in the person of His Eminence, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, and now receiving this confirmation of our charism of renewal from our Holy Father, Pope Francis, we now commit ourselves ever more urgently and zealously to the living out of our consecrated life, in faithful prayer, devoted fraternity, and service to the most poor and needy among us. Please pray with us in praise and gratitude to God, on this special occasion, for his continued blessings on our Community and His Church.”


A Prayer at Election Time

Please join the friars in daily praying for the USA at this time:

A Prayer At Election Time

O Lord, Our Just and Loving Father,

We thank you for the precious gift of Human Life

That is greatly threatened by the Culture of Death.

Aware of the dangers we are now facing,

We ask that You guide us in electing the leaders

Our nation truly needs:

-Leaders with the wisdom to discern your providential plan,

-Leaders who understand the weakness of the human condition,

-Leaders who counsel our citizens to respect the rule of law,

-Leaders with the fortitude to face their opponents with grace,

-Leaders with knowledge of our Constitution and of natural rights,

-Leaders whose piety makes them aware of their own limitations,

-And leaders whose reverential fear informs their moral judgment.

We pray that the inalienable rights

To life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,

Promised by our founders,

May be preserved, protected, and defended for all,

Especially the most vulnerable members of our society.

Almighty and Merciful God,

Sustain us in our struggle to live in peace

As one nation under God. Amen.

Summer 2016 Needs

Dear Friends,

On behalf of all the CFR priests and brothers, I thank you very much for your generosity by sending donations and in-kind donations such as: coffee, clothing, etc…

We have two very urgent needs:

1. Good used cars. Many of our cars are from the 1990s or early 2000s with high mileage and in need of more expensive repairs. So please, if you are planning to get a newer car, consider donating your car to us. The good Lord will bless you abundantly!

2. Building repairs. We have been using five buildings of the former St. Adalbert Parish in the South Bronx for 29 years. These buildings are owned by the Archdiocese of New York, and our agreement is that we pay no rent, but are responsible for all repairs, maintenance, utilities, and insurance.

We use these buildings for serving the poor and to live. The old school building is mainly used by St. Francis Youth Center. St. Anthony’s Free Medical Clinic, Corazon Puro, CFR General Offices and dorm rooms take up other parts of the building.

The former rectory, St. Crispin Friary, and former convent, Our Lady of the Angels Friary, house the friars who take care of the merged St. Padre Pio and St. Anthony’s Shelters, work in the Youth Center, CFR Office and the Free Clinic. St. Adalbert Church is used for community celebrations, ordinations and final vows, for a weekly Mass for the homeless, for Masses with the neighborhood youth etc. The last building is St. Anthony’s Shelter for Renewal. It is a six story homeless shelter that has one floor for the volunteers (men discerning to join our community who work at the shelter); the other floors house the homeless. During a recent violent rain storm a part of the concrete patching an upper section of the Youth center came crashing down. Thank God no one was hurt.

Once we inspected all the buildings, professional engineers gave us an estimate for each building’s exterior walls, roof repairs and/or church steeple. The total minimum cost to repair what is essentially necessary is close to $1,500,000 (One million five hundred thousand dollars). Some funds are already available, but we need your help. Br. Peter has the engineer reports and a breakdown of costs for each building. For ways that you could help us visit our webpage, or contact Br. Peter directly at St. Crispin Friary: 718-665-2441 or at St. Anthony’s Shelter: 718-993-5161.

Yours in Christ,

Br. John Joseph Brice, CFR