Franciscan Friars of the Renewal

Recent News

Father Benedict

Father Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR, passed away on October 3rd at 11 PM.
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may he rest in peace!









For those who have requested cards, we will start mailing them out on November 11th,
thank you for your patience!

To request memorial cards of Father Benedict, click here.


Official Obituary found here

Facebook Memorial Page found here

To make a memorial offering in honor of Fr. Benedict click here

Press Release PDF here

Statement from the friars PDF here

Homily of Fr. Stan Fortuna on Oct. 8th, 2014, in the South Bronx
hear it here

Vigil Service on


Funeral Mass of Christian Burial on

EWTN Sunday Night Prime Tribute to Father Benedict (10/12/2014)


A great video about Fr. Benedict (from Nov. 2009)




CFR General Chapter

Please pray for us!

All of the friars in final vows from around the world will be meeting for our General Chapter from June 8-18. Like the friars in the days of Saint Francis, we will begin on Pentecost – come Holy Spirit! We will be praying, discussing, discerning and electing leadership.






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Update: New Leadership
We give thanks to the Lord for the friars who will be serving in leadership:

Servant – Fr. John Paul Ouellete, CFR
Vicar – Fr. Anthony Baetzold, CFR
Council – Br. John Joseph Brice, CFR
Fr. Solanus Benfatti, CFR
Fr. Isaac Spinharney, CFR
Fr. Emmanuel Mansford, CFR

Please pray for them and stay tuned for some photographs!

May 2014 Ordinations

We would like to announce that two friars will be ordained to the priesthood
and two to the diaconate! Read about them here: CatholicNewYork

Br. Youseff

Br. Youssef-Mariam Hanna, CFR, will be ordained to the priesthood by His Excellency Bishop Gregory Mansour at Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral on Sunday, May 18th at 11 AM.








Br. Gabriel Joseph

Br. Gabriel Joseph Kyte, CFR, will be ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan at Saint Patrick's Cathedral on Saturday, May 24th at 9 AM.






Br. Ignatius Shin, CFR, and Br. Christopher McBride, CFR, will be ordained to the diaconate by Bishop Manny Cruz at Most Blessed Sacrament Friary (in Newark) on Monday, May 19th.




Stay tuned for more details soon…

Ordination to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ
of Br. Youssef-Mariam Hanna, CFR

at  Our Lady of Lebanon (Maronite), 
113 Remsen Street, Brooklyn, NY 

1- Holy Hour & Vespers led by Friars
(similar to Catholic Underground)
on Saturday May 17, 2014 at 7:30pm

2- Ordination to the Priesthood 
on Sunday May 18, 2014 at 11:00am
First Blessing & Reception to follow 

3- Thanksgiving Mass
on Sunday May 25, 2014 at 11:00am
Reception to follow 

Transportation by subway
Borough Hall 2,3,4,5

Transportation by car 
Cadman Plaza exit off BQE or Brooklyn Bridge 

Parking at Ikon garage for $10.00
111 Livingston Street, turn right on Court and Left on 113 Remsen     
Parking on the streets (in no parking zone) will be available 
with a card from the Cathedral (placed on the dashboard)


Fr. Gabriel’s First Mass
Sunday, May 25th, 2014
St. Crispin Friary, Bronx at 3:30 pm

Fr. Youssef’s Mass of Thanksgiving
Saturday, May 31st, 2014

St. Charbel Maronite Church
245 Donald St.
Ottawa, Ontario at 5:30 pm
(4:30 pm Holy Hour)

Fr. Gabriel’s Mass of Thanksgiving
Sunday, June 1st, 2014
Our Lady of Grace Church
8 College Street
Ingleside, Ontario at 12:15 pm

Monks of Moyross DVD from EWTN


The decrepit streets of one of the largest crime ridden estates in Ireland might seem to be an odd location to choose for a monastery, but for the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, it's the perfect place for their mission to flourish. This original documentary brought to you by EWTN Home Video, follows the positive impact the friars have had on the area's struggling residents, and how the courageous faith of the Monks of Moyross continues to turn this district into a prosperous community for Christ.

1 DVD disc / 30 minutes

Find it – click here 

Four Friars to be Ordained to the Priesthood

Cardinal Dolan to Ordain 11 to Priesthood at Saint Patrick's Cathedral, NYC.

Saturday, May 25, 2013 at 9 AM – All are welcome!

Click here to read the full story from The Catholic New York

Click on each name to read about our four new CFR priests!


Father Paschal Coby, C.F.R.

Father Felix Desilets, C.F.R.

Father Luke Leighton, C.F.R.

Father Bonaventure Rummell, C.F.R.