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, www.franciscanfriars.com/donate 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