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Franciscans Make History as they Establish New Province in US
Following Pope Francis, Conventual Franciscans seek to “wake up the world” with the Gospel
Ellicott City, MD, May 12, 2014—The Provincial Chapter of the Franciscan Friars Conventual of the eastern United States convened in Buffalo, New York May 5-9, 2014. Held every four years, the Provincial Chapter of 2014 made history as it united the former Provinces of Immaculate Conception (founded in 1872) and St. Anthony of Padua (founded in 1906) into the new Our Lady of the Angels Province.
Formally established on May 5, 2014, the territory of the new Our Lady of the Angels Province stretches from Ontario, Canada to the eastern United States, from New England to Florida. The Province also includes Costa Rica and custodies in Brazil, Great Britain, and Ireland. In the Archdiocese of Kingston, the friars serve at St. John’s.
Present at the historical meeting were many dignitaries and guests, including Fr. Marco Tasca, OFM Conv, the Minister General of the Order, Fr. Jerzy Norel, OFM Conv., the Vicar General of the Order, Fr. Jude Winkler, OFM Conv., the Assistant General of the Order, Fr. Bernhardin Seither, OFM Conv., Minister Provincial of Germany, as well as Ministers Provincial from other American Provinces and Custodes of the Order from Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and Brazil.
Fr. James McCurry, OFM Conv., the First Minister Provincial of the new Our Lady of the Angels Province, was installed on May 7, 2014. The following friars were elected to serve in the new Provincial administration: Fr. Brad Milunski, Vicar Provincial, Fr. Richard-Jacob Forcier, Secretary, Fr. Mitchell Sawicki, Treasurer, Fr. Anthony Kall, Definitor, Fr. Jude Surowiec, Definitor, Br. James Moore, Definitor, Fr. Donald Grzymski, Definitor, and Fr. Michael Heine, Definitor.
Former Minister Provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province, Fr. Justin Biase, and former Dean of St. Mary’s Seminary School of Theology, Fr. Timothy Kulbicki, were elected delegates to the General Chapter of the Order.
Numbering over 200 friars, the Our Lady of the Angels Province will assemble again in the second session of Chapter 2014, August 4-8. At that time the friars will chart the course of its many ministries, celebrating the longevity and diversity of its Franciscan witness to the poor and marginalized in the United States. Following the exhortation of Pope Francis, the new Our Lady of the Angels Province will seek to “wake up the world” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
For more information about the Our Lady of the Angels Province of the Franciscan Friars Conventual contact Mr. Joseph Hamilton, Director of Communications at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 410-531-9200.