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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…)

Fra Gabriel and Spirit Juice Win an Emmy!!

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Ave Maria!

On Saturday Nov 7th Spirit Juice Studios won an Emmy for the music video “Salve Regina” of Fra Gabriel skating in Chicago.


Here is Danny Hildago, Rob Kaczmark of Spirit Juice and Fra Didacus (in place of Fra Gabriel his brother who was on travel) receiving the Emmy.

It was for the Chicago/Midwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in the category Outstanding Achievement for Arts/Entertainment Programming – Segment.

This is the winning video “Salve Regina” featuring Fra Gabriel skating and singing:

Here is the “Red Carpet Interview” with Fra Didacus and Danny Hildago:

Click here for more of Fra Gabriel’s skateboarding videos

Congratulations to all!

Ave Maria!

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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Stone bell tower at friary in Griswold on the home stretch – Hartford Courant

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Ave Maria!
This is an article by Janice Steinhagen from the local Connecticut newspaper the Hartford Courant on the building of our bell tower at our Griswold friary. There are more pictures on the Griswold Friar’s Facebook page.

Franciscan friars in Griswold are building a 3-story stone tower to house their community’s bell.It could be a scene from a medieval manuscript: monks in long grey robes mixing mortar and hauling it up to the top of a 3-story stone tower with rope pulleys. But it’s from modern-day Griswold, where the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate are on the home stretch of construction on the bell tower that has taken more than a decade to build.This year’s springtime weather has meant rapid progress on the project after a long hiatus, said Father Dominic Murphy, FI, the community’s vicar. “People like to see the friars working on it. It’s something we put ourselves into,” he said.

The facing stone was donated to the friars by two local families from fieldstone and walls on their properties.Three of the community’s nine members, including Murphy, have learned the skills of masonry to assist a professional mason in setting the facing stone around the cinder-block substructure. In recent months, the facing stone has slowly but steadily crept up the side of the tower toward the crenelated, or toothed, top.


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!

Photos – Divine Mercy Altar

Saturday, April 11th, 2015

Ave Maria!

A newly refurbished and reconstructed Divine Mercy altar has just been installed in the adoration chapel in our new retreat center here at Our Lady of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Indiana, just in time for Divine Mercy Sunday.

The new Retreat Center

Center Piece ready for install

Platform for Altar in Adoration Chapel

Ed Mobley and crew bringing in the base piece


Prayer of a Penitent

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

My Lord Jesus behold me defiled by sin. Again I have stained the holy garment of grace in my soul that Your Blood has cleansed so often. O, Father of mercy, hear my prayer. Give me a true spirit of penance that through the humble supplication of a contrite heart I may again receive pardon.

Since my last confession I have fallen more frequently than usual. My Jesus, I have gone back. But do not for sake me, though I richly deserve to be rejected as obstinate and incorrigible. Behold me prostrate before You, O my God. My sinfulness weighs me down. Alas, Jesus my God and Savior, I do not raise my eyes to you. How can I who have so often violated my past resolves presume to ask pardon again?

O my soul, crushed by the load of sin, take courage: your Redeemer will console you in your desolation. Reject me not, though I have miserably broken my promise of amendment. Cast not off Your wretched child or I shall be forever lost. From my heart I grieve for having offended you.

O holy Mother of God, my guardian angel, my holy patrons: intercede for me with my Judge and obtain for me the pardon of my sins. O Jesus, grant me a true spirit of penance. My Jesus, have mercy on me.

+St. John Neumann

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!

On Mary’s Graces

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Ave Maria Meditations

Graces of Mary’s Immaculate Heart:

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is the principle of the life of a…world…. What is this world? It is the God Man, filled with countless rare marvels. Now, this God-Man is the Son of Mary, and Mary’s Heart is consequently the source of his life since the mother’s heart is the principle of the child’s life as well as her own.
St. John Chrysostom is surely right when he says that the heart of Saint Paul was “the heart of the whole world. For it is through that apostolic heart that the Spirit of Life was poured forth on all things and given to the members of Jesus Christ.” But how much more true is this of the incomparably loving Heart of the Queen of Apostles…


Video – Variety 257: March for LIFE DC 2015: We Must Fight For Life

Saturday, January 31st, 2015
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Ave Maria!

The “March for Life” was a peaceful demonstration/rally held in Washington, D.C., on January 22, 2015. Here are mini interviews of some participants and footage from the March in the streets of our nation’s capital. Ave Maria!

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