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Fi News

Fi News: Alcala the Home of St. Didacus

Friday, November 13th, 2015


Born: c. 1400 San Nicolás del Puerto, Seville, Andalusia, Kingdom of Castile

Died: November 12, 1463 Alcalá de Henares, Kingdom of Castile

Canonized: 1588 by Pope Sixtus V

Attributes: Cross, Lily

Patronage: Franciscan brothers

St. Didacus is known for his great humility, even now he is forgotten by most Franciscan Orders.  On the occasion of profession of vows, Franciscans will sing the Litany of the Saints, but I can’t remember once St. Didacus being on that list, even though he’s the patron of Franciscan brothers. They’ll have St. Joe of nothing to do with Franciscans, but they won’t have St. Didacus. (more…)

Video – Elevation of Virgin Mary Statue Atop Bell Tower – FINEWS 155

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Friars and friends watch as the six-foot solid marble statue of the Virgin Mary is finally lifted, as if in another Assumption, forty-five feet in the air to Her final resting place atop the highest point of the Griswold bell tower.


Video – Bell Hoisted into Griswold Bell Tower – FINEWS 154

Saturday, October 31st, 2015
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Ave Maria!

On October 12, after almost 10 years of construction, the bell tower at the Marian Friary of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Griswold has finally received the 2600-pound bronze bell into its 3rd floor belfry.


Video – FINEWS 153 – Professions at Mt. St. Francis Hermitage, 8th Sept 2015

Saturday, September 12th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

There are definite advantages having the US Delegate as the Father Guardian of a friary–here at Mt. St. Francis Hermitage, for the first time ever, we were blessed to have the investiture of the Novices on the evening of Sept 7, and then during an evening Mass on Sept 8, the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, one novice made his first Simple Profession and seven others renewed their vows. Friar Pedro Francesco Maria of the Holy Cross (a.k.a. Nelson Olhero) made his first profession of vows after completing a two year novitiate. Friars Gabriel, Charles, John Paul, Gregory, Felix, and Charbel renewed their vows for another year, and Friar Camillo renewed his vows up until December when he will be making his Solemn Profession. The two Postulants who were invested as Novices on the evening of Sept 7 were Fra Bernard Mary of the Cross (Andrew Kellogg ) and Fra Maximilian Mary of the Sacred Heart (Matthew Geffen). This short video is a collage of pictures taken during the ceremonies.

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Video – Fr. Gabriel Maria Polo – R.I.P. – FINEWS 152

Tuesday, June 2nd, 2015
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Ave Maria!

On May 29, 2015, Father Gabriel Maria Polo, following a heart attack, died in Consolation (Philippines). He was born September 3, 1972 in Irosin Sorsogon (Philippines), he made his First Vows May 18, 1996 and he was ordained priest April 25, 2003. Already assigned in the past to the community of Anapolis (Brazil) and Stoke On Trent (England) he was the Guardian and the Father master of the postulants in Naga (Philippines). We invite all the communities to pray and the priests to celebrate the Holy Mass for the repose of his soul. We entrust the deceased confriar to the Immaculate Gate of Heaven, sure to have a new intercessor before God for the Institute, especially for the Delegation of the Philippines.

The footage in this video is from his stay in Stoke on Trent. We will miss you Fr. Gabriel.

Requiescat in peace!


Symposium honoring Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I.

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Ave Maria!

Mark your calendars! June 8-9, 2015.

There will be a momentous marian symposium titled “Sursum Actio” at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, honoring the lifetime work of Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner, F.I., featuring talks by eminent mariologists.


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For more information see this larger flyer at MaryVictrix.com (pdf).

To register and for more details contact Fr. Edward Ondrako, OFMConv. at edward.ondrako@gmail.com.

Speakers will include:

  • Louis Maximilian M. Smith, FI (Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate General Delegate of the USA and editor of Missio Immaculatae International)
  • J. A. Wayne Hellmann, OFM Conv. (Professor of Theology, Saint Louis University)
  • Robert Fastiggi, Ph.D. (Professor of Theology, Sacred Heart Seminary)
  • John Ford, Ph.D. (Professor of Theology, Catholic University of America)
  • J. Isaac Goff, Ph.D. (Mount Angel Seminary)
  • Msgr. Arthur B. Calkins, S.T.D.
  • David Bentley Hart, Ph.D. (Danforth Chair at St. Louis University, Department of Theological Studies)
  • Alex Plato, Ph.D. (Franciscan University of Steubenville)
  • John Mark Miravalle, S.T.D. (Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary)
  • Gloria Dodd, S.T.D. (Lecturer & Researcher of the Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute)
  • R. Trent Pomplun, Ph.D. (Associate Professor, Loyola University Maryland, Department of Theology)
  • Jonathan Fleischmann, Ph.D. (Assistant Scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison)
  • Christiaan Kappes, S.L.D. (Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Ss. Cyril and Methodius)
  • Jaremy Daggett, M.A. (Great Hearts Academy)
  • T. Alexander Gilltner, Ph.D., Cand. (Saint Louis University)
  • Angelo Geiger, FI (Pontifical University of St. Thomas)
  • Edward Ondrako, OFM Conv. (University of Notre Dame)

Ave Maria!

FiNews – Tim Lock, FTI was on Life on the Rock – 2015/05/01 

Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Ave Maria!

Our very own Tim Lock was on EWTN’s prime time show “Life on the Rock” with Fr. Mark and Fr. Anthony Mary on May 1st. It is now available to view on YouTube. Tim is head of our Third Order in Griswold, CT and is a psychologist who works with Courage International for people with SSA. Warning: this does discuss some adult themes.

Catholic Psychologist Timothy Lock discusses how to incorporate faith with modern mental health practices.

Pizza Maker of the Immaculate – YouTube

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Ave Maria!

I must confess, I don’t even know which house of ours this is from, but I assume it is from one in Italy. Fr. Elias here at Bloomington gave me the tip. It features the acrobatic culinary talent of Fra Christophe Mary Rebbaccai who was a champion exhibition pizza maker in his former life and apparently has not lost his touch. I didn’t see him drop it once. His brother who is also a friar, Fra Simon Pier Mary Rebbaccai, also makes an appearance at the end to demonstrate some teamwork and that the talent runs in the family. I’ll take pepperoni! Mangia! And wash those habits!

Pizza Maker of the Immaculate

Ave Maria!

FiNews – Fr. Peter Wins Card. John J. Wright Mariological Award

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Ave Maria!

We wish to give our hearty congratulations to our very own Fr. Peter Damian Fehlner as we announce that he has been accorded the prestigious Cardinal John J. Wright Award of the Mariological Society of America for his outstanding contributions to Mariology.


The Mariological Society of America (MSA) is a Catholic theological association dedicated to studying and making known the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the mystery of Christ and in the Church and in the history of salvation.  Through its annual meeting and in its publication, Marian Studies, the Society seeks to promote original research in Marian doctrine and devotion.

The Cardinal John J. Wright Mariological Award is conferred in memory of Cardinal Wright, long-time member of the MSA and its Episcopal chairman from 1951 until his death in 1979.  As defined by the Board of Directors in 1991, the award is given, upon recommendation of a designated three-member committee, to recognize and encourage significant publications on the Virgin Mary.  Its recipient need not be a member of the MSA.

Past recipients of the Mariological Award include Juniper B. Carol, O.F.M. (1951); Wenceslaus Sebastian, O.E.M. (1952); Lawrence W. Monheim, S.M. (1953); Stanley Maruzewski, M.S. (1954); Bernard Le Frois, S. V. D. (1955); Dominic J. Unger, O.F.M. Cap. (1956); Cyril Vollert, S.J. (1957); Walter J. Burghardt, S.J. (1958); Eamon R. Carroll, O.Carm. (1959); William G. Most (1960); George W. Shea (1961); Edward D. O’Connor, C.S.C. (1962); Kenneth E Dougherty, S.A. (1966); Ovidio Casado Fuente (1966); Charles W. Neumann, S.M. (1967); Cletus J. Wessels, O.P. (1968); John E Craghan, C.Ss.R. (1971); Theodore A. Koehler, S.M. (1973); Manuel Miguens, O.F.M. (1975); William H. Marshner (1979); Roger M. Charest, S.M.M. (1983); James T. O’Connor (1986); Alfred Boeddeker, O.F.M. (1989); Nicholas Ayo, c.s.c. (1995). Bertrand Buby, S.M. (1997); Luigi Gambero, S.M. (2005); Johann Roten, S.M. (2010).

This is great news indeed and a great honor to a well deserved mariologist and a very dear confrere. Congratulations Fr. Peter!!!

Ave Maria!

Video – FINEWS 151: All 160′ for the Immaculate

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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The friars from Mount Saint Francis Hermitage recently erected their new 160′ radio tower for the radio station they operate out of the friary in Maine, NY, Holy Virgin Mary Radio, WHVM 91.9 FM.

The erection of the tower completed months of preparation work over the course of the summer to lay a new foundation, pour new ground anchors, and assemble the tower on the ground before lifting it into position with a 200′ crane and securing it down. This occurred on the feast of the Holy Guardian Angels, October 2. (more…)

Fra Gabriel Skates his way to Rome Reports: Check it out!

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Ave Maria!

You may have caught our previous post of the video done by Spirit Juice Films with Fra Gabriel skateboarding to the Salve Regina with his own vocals. It now has over twenty-two thousand views and has caught the attention of Rome, or at least Rome Reports, who did a video on him as well. Check it out:

It’s not very common to see a Franciscan friar skateboarding, but for Fra Grabriel, it’s business as usual.

He left it behind temporarily when he started his religious life. But a few years later, his superiors encouraged him to take on his hobby once again. Now he uses it as way to reach out to people and talk to them about God.


“God has so many ways of using people’s talents to give Him glory. And when I still make use of this sport of skateboarding, I can help others to see the compatibility of exercising the body as well as the soul. As St. Francis says, we are always to preach the Gospel, and if necessary, sometimes use words. And so that’s what I do.”

via Rome Reports A Skating Friar? Check it out!.

Here is the video by Spirit Juice Studios again. It is worth another look … and listen:

Go Fra Gabriel! Ave Maria!

Fra Gabriel and Salve Regina Goes Viral

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Ave Maria!

Here is Fra Gabriel an FI friar whom many of you know. He traveled from Australia this year to Chicago to do this video with our friends at Spirit Juice. The accompanying music is the Salve Regina to which he does the vocals. As of this posting the video has racked up 16,000 views in about a week on YouTube!  I guess its “gone viral”. So it is destined for large numbers of views in the years ahead. Great job Fra Gabriel and Spirit Juice!!

You can also see him on these other videos:

Spirit Juice Limit Break on Youtube

On AirMaria:

Video – FI News #32: Friar Gabriel Skates Again

Video – Fra Gabriel – Skateboarding Down Under to Schubert’s Ave Maria!

Video – FiNews #53 – Skateboarding Habit

Video – Fi News #89: Blazing Friar

Video – Mission Down Under #2: Friar Gabriel – Perth skatepark

Wow! I didn’t know we had so many videos on Fra Gabriel’s skateboarding at AirMaria. Here is the new one from Spirit Juice:

via Salve Regina – YouTube.

Pray. Skate. Live.

Friar Gabriel of the Franciscan Immaculate not only preforms all of his own stunts but also sings his own songs too. All the tricks and vocals are done by Friar Gabriel. Original score by Sean Beeson. http://seanbeeson.com/

Friar Gabriel skated for 7 years as a teenager, but felt his vocation was religious life. He was prepared to abandon his passion for skateboarding to live a life of Poverty, Chastity, and Obedience as Friars of the Immaculate. Six years after becoming Friars and having not skated, he was given obedience to obtain a skateboard and go to the skatepark once a week – to “preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words” as Saint Francis stated. Friar Gabriel explains that God has so many ways of using peoples talents to give Him glory. Skateboarding allows the Friars to help others see the compatibility of exercising the body as well as the soul.



See also:

Friar Spreads Gospel While Riding a Skateboard – Secular site that gives Friar Gabriel two rousing thumbs up.

Behind the Scenes – Salve Regina – the making of the video by Spirit Juice.

2014 Professions – FINEWS 150

Monday, September 15th, 2014
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On September 8th, 2014, Fr. Louis Maximilian received the first profession of vows and the renewal of temporary vows. In this homily, Father speaks of the “reaction” we all owe to God’s “action,” and which is made possible by the “reaction” of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady’s faith and fidelity to God’s will. He asks us, if we don’t love, who will? We must all live out our call to sanctity, and the practice of Marian Consecration is the “quickest, surest, easiest way” of “reacting” to the love of God and becoming saints; IF WE LIVE IT OUT!

Here are some images of the professions, more may be found here.

Ave Maria!


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Fr. Angelo M. Geiger’s Visit to Toodyay, Western Australia

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

Video – Latest News on AirMaria – FiNews 149

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014
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Friar Roderic gives the latest news on AirMaria, where we are headed and our current needs. To find out how you can help, go to http://airmaria.com/donations

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