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F.I.s from Argentina give a Moving Testimony of Pope Francis

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Ave Maria!

This is from our friars in Argentina stationed in a suburb of Buenos Aires relating their experiences with Cardinal Jorge Borgoglio.

From the FI Italian site immacolata.com written by Fr. Isidoro M. Cipres, FI:

Hooray, We Have a Pope!

We did not expect our  Cardinal of Buenos Aires to be elected. It was a great surprise to many and for us.
We praise the Lord because he is good. His mercy is everlasting. 
I can say something about our new Vicar of Christ, being a missionary in his neighboring Diocese of San Justo. 
Indeed, he was much loved by the people because he is personable and helpful. He opposed with great force the immoral life and what encouraged her as gay marriage and abortion that the Argentine government has recently approved. 
He was always with the poor, very supportive, even celebrating a Mass in the square. I concelebrated with him many times. Once I met him and he greeted me with a loud voice, shouting: “Behold, a son of St. Francis!”
He knew Fra Anselmo Marcos (Philippine friar, currently in Nigeria) very well . When I was in our the community in Nunziatina, he always carried a bouquet of flowers every morning the statue of St. Therese. 
He is very good at capturing the hearts of the people. Here in Argentina, people are very happy with his election.
May the Holy Spirit infuse our new Vicar of Christ with blessing and grace. 
Ave Maria!

Stoke Friars Enjoying the Land of Lord Stafford

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

( left to right )     Fr Gabriel, Fr Agnellus, Fra Solanus and Fra Raphael

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Video – Variety #161: Marian Parish Procession in Italy

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011
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Variety #161 – Feast of Our Lady of Nazareth, Rome, Italy ( 14min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Here’s a glimpse of the procession that was held on the outskirts of Rome for the feast of “Holy Mary of Nazareth” parish, one of the parishes that our Franciscan Friars have care of here in Italy. We’ve added to the footage a few reflections from the book Devotion to Mary, written by our founder, Father Stefano M. Manelli, to add some depth and reflection to this short, catholic-culture film. Included are also some piano pieces played by Sister Maria Settima Manelli, a hymn or two from our Friars, and also some faint but beautiful hymns taken from the monastery of our contemplative Franciscan Sisters here in Italy at Città di Castello.

Ave Maria!

Audio (MP3)

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Australian Mission News

Sunday, August 14th, 2011

 

Br. Gabriel, Br. Adam, Br. Kenneth and Br. David

On 2 August, 2011, Solemnity of Our Lady Queen of the Angels, 4 young men  began the journey of their religious vocation as they became aspirants at the Marian Friary of Our Lady Help of Christians, Toodyay, WA, Australia. Pictured from left to right are: Br. Gabriel Pophillat (Singapore),  Br. Adam Waugh (Newcastle, NSW), Br. Kenneth Gan (Brisbane, QLD)  and Br. David Dono (Perth, WA).

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Video – Roving Reporter #120: First Holy Mass at the Portziuncola in Italy

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011
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Roving Reporter #120 – First Holy Mass of 4 New FI Priests, celebrated at Assisi ( 13min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

This is the first Holy Mass celebrated by the newly-ordained FI priests, Fr. Alan Bernardino Wharton (USA), Fr. Vincent Michael Egbu (Nigeria), Fr. Giles Joseph Mary Atherton (Australia), and Fr. Vincent d’Elia (Italy). Our new priests had the privilege of celebrating at the Sanctuary of the Portziuncola in Assisi in the same edifice in which Saint Francis himself entrusted the Order of the Friars Minor into the hands of Our Lady some 800 years ago. The Mass was celebrated on March 26, 2011, the day after their holy ordinations at Tarquinia in Italy, and we ask that you remember these new servants of our Lord in your prayers. (more…)

Video – Missions #1: House of Charity in Brazil

Thursday, April 21st, 2011
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Missions #1 – The St Pio of Pietrelcina House of Charity in Brazil ( 13min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

See what the sisters are doing for the orphan girls at St Pio of Pietrelcina House of Charity in Brazil.

Ave Maria!

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