“God Gave Us Brothers…” – Franciscan Vocation News

from Fall 2018 Edition

From Investiture and Sending to Simple Vows

On July 12, 2018, Friars from the four Franciscan Friars Conventual Provinces of North America, including our own Our Lady of the Angels Province, gathered at the Interprovincial St. Francis of Assisi Friary Novitiate (Arroyo Grande, California) to celebrate the 2018 Investiture of the new class of five new Novices and to Send Forth five graduating Novices onto their continuing studies. Four days later, during the OLA Province Jubilarian celebration in Ellicott City, MD, Fr. Alejandro Maria Arìas Mosquera, OFM Conv., Fr. Fabian Adderley, OFM Conv. and Fr. Richard Rome, (pictured above with Fr. Mark Szanyi, OFM Conv), Professed their Simple Vows. The tradition of Professing on the day we celebrate our jubilarians began in 2017, to create a day full of fraternal witness. Please celebrate in prayer our 2018 Jubilarians and newly Professed.

2018 Jubilarians

On July 16, 2018 the Friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province honored our Jubilarians celebrating the anniversaries of their professions and/or ordinations. The celebration began at the Daily Noon Mass at the Shrine of St. Anthony in Ellicott City, MD, for friends, family and pilgrims, which was followed by a luncheon.

Profession Jubilarians
70 years
Friar Emmett Carroll, OFM Conv.
60 years
Friar Benedict Fagone, OFM Conv.
50 years
Friar John Ruffo, OFM Conv.
Friar Justin Ratajczak, OFM Conv.
Friar Carl Zdancewicz, OFM Conv.
40 years
Friar Kenneth Lucas, OFM Conv.
Friar James Doyle, OFM Conv.
Friar Gerald Waterman, OFM Conv.
Friar Michael Duffy, OFM Conv.
Friar David Blowey, OFM Conv.
Ordination Jubilarians
60 years
Friar Duane Mastrangelo, OFM Conv.
Friar Briant Cullinane, OFM Conv.
Friar Alvin Somerville, OFM Conv.
50 years
Friar Hilary Brzostowski, OFM Conv.
Friar Romuald Meogrossi, OFM Conv.
Friar Nicholas Swiatek, OFM Conv.
Friar Charles Jagodzinski, OFM Conv.
40 years
Friar Mark Szanyi, OFM Conv.
Friar Ross Syracuse, OFM Conv.
Friar Dennis Mason, OFM Conv.
25 years
Friar Brad Milunski, OFM Conv.

Priestly and Diaconate Ordinations

(Above left) On June 22, 2018: Friar Emanuel Ventura Vasconcelos, OFM Conv. (at left) and Friar Moises Maximilian Avila Pacheco, OFM Conv. (at right), both friars of Our Lady of the Angels Province, were Ordained to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood at Saint Louis Roman Catholic Church in Buffalo, NY. (Above right) Friar Christopher Dudek, OFM Conv. celebrated his Diaconate Ordination on July 7, 2018 at the Basilica of St. Stanislaus, Bishop & Matyr (Chicopee, MA).


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