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Variety #291 – Fra Solanus talks about St. John Fisher

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
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Ave Maria!

Fra Solanus tells us about the life, labours and martyrdom of St. John Fisher: the great scholar who became Chancellor of Cambridge University; the holy priest who became confessor to Lady Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII of England; the saintly Bishop of Rochester who became known all over Europe as the ‘Divine Prelate’; the defender of Holy Matrimony and the rights of Queen Catherine; the defender of the rights of the Church and Papal Supremacy against the tyrannical King Henry VIII; and who went to the executioner’s block just a couple of weeks before his friend St. Thomas More – both martyrs for the same good cause.

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Variety #290 – Fra Solanus talks about Glendalough – Glory of Irish Monasticism (Part Two)

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016
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Variety #290 – Fra Solanus talks about Glendalough – Glory of Irish Monasticism (Part Two) ( 24min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

In this episode, the second of a two-part programme, Fra Solanus looks at some of the other features of Glendalough, mostly dating from the later years: chief amongst them is the famous Round Tower. Brief mention is made of the original purpose of the Round Towers, and of the invasion by Danes (Vikings). The life of one of the last abbots, St. Laurence O’Toole, is examined, and brief mention is made of the Norman Invasion.

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Variety #288 – Fra Solanus talks about Glendalough – Glory of Irish Monasticism (Part One)

Monday, January 4th, 2016
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Variety #288 – Fra Solanus talks about Glendalough – Glory of Irish Monasticism (Part One) ( 28min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fra Solanus tells us of the life of one of the great Irish saints, St. Kevin, and the early days of the monastery he founded at Glendalough in the 6th century. Mention is made of his teacher, St. Petroc of Cornwall. The buildings at Glendalough constructed during the time of St. Kevin are examined. Glendalough’s famous School of Learning is looked at in detail. This is Part One of a two-part programme.

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Variety #287 – Fra Solanus talks about Blessed Dermot O’Hurley

Thursday, December 10th, 2015
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Variety #287 – Fra Solanus talks about Blessed Dermot O’Hurley ( 19min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fra Solanus tells us about the holy life and death of Blessed Dermot O’Hurley, Archbishop of Cashel, who was martyred for the Faith in Dublin in 1584. After spending many years studying and teaching in universities on the Continent, he was ordained a bishop and sent back to Ireland. He was hunted down and captured not long after his arrival. Despite being cruelly tortured by having his boots filled with oil and roasted on a fire, he kept the Faith. His tormentors – chiefly Henry Wallop, one of the Lord Justices – could only secure his conviction and execution by trying him by martial law. Archbishop O’Hurley was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II in 1992 along with 16 other Irish Martyrs.

To view an old plate showing the torture of Archbishop Dermot O’Hurley go to  http://www.ausmaria.com/images/blessed-dermot-o-hurley-execution.jpg

To view an old plate showing Lycadoon, the birthplace of Archbishop Dermot O’Hurley go to  http://www.ausmaria.com/images/blessed-dermot-o-hurley-birthplace.jpg

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Variety #286 – Fra Solanus talks about Life in an Ancient Irish Monastery

Monday, November 30th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Fra Solanus tells us about how the how the early Irish monks lived in the years following the introduction of Christianity to Ireland. He describes, inter alia, the structure of the monastic settlements; the life, labours and prayer life of the monks; how the monastery was governed; and the formation of the postulants and novices. This was how the Irish monasteries existed prior to the 12th Century, after which time they lost their own monastic rules and were obliged to come under another rule such as the Rule of St. Benedict.

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Variety #285 – Homily of the Legion of Mary Annual Mass

Thursday, November 26th, 2015
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Variety #285 – Homily of the Legion of Mary Annual Mass ( 17min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Andre M. Feain gives the homily at the 2015 Annual Legion of Mary Mass in Perth, Australia, on November 21st, 2015.

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Variety #284 – Fra Solanus talks about Mary Stuart

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015
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Variety #284 – Fra Solanus talks about Mary Stuart ( 31min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fra Solanus tells us about Mary Stuart, better known as Mary, Queen of Scots. He explains how she became the rightful heir to the English Throne on the death of Mary Tudor. The programme also looks at John Knox and the loss of the Catholic Faith in Scotland, and ends by telling us about the “Babington Plot” and the holy death of Mary Stuart.

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Requiescat in pace

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Please pray for the soul of Brother Joseph Mary, TOFI. The first perpetually professed member of the Third Order of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, in Perth, Western Australia.

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Video – Heavenly Views of Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center – Variety 282

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Watch these heavenly views of Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in Bloomington, Indiana during peak foliage. It is a beautiful place where one can get away from the hectic routine of life and spend some peaceful time with the Lord and experience the charity and compassion of the Mother of the Redeemer. This facility is staffed in part by the Franciscan of the Immaculate and and is home base for AirMaria.

For more on the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center:

http://www.maryschildren.com/

Set to the music of Eric Genuis “In Heaven’s Arms” http://www.ericgenuis.com/

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Grant Skate Park and Virtual Tour

Sunday, October 11th, 2015
Sk8 Chicago


Variety #281 – (min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

While visiting the Niepokalanów of America in Libertyville, Illinois

Friar Didacus and Friar Gabriel went to work and had some fun down the road in Chicago.

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Video – Variety #280: Visit to the Pinnacles

Saturday, October 10th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

The friars in Western Australia visit the Pinnacles – a true desert landscape in Nambung National Park, where weathered limestone pillars rise out of yellow sand dunes.

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Marian Day Bloomington, Indiana

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
O.L. Fatima


Variety #279 – ( 2.5 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

This morning’s event is a May and October event consisting of Marian Devotions and Talks beginning with Mass and concluded by Eucharistic Benediction

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Variety #277 – Fra Solanus on Glastonbury

Tuesday, September 8th, 2015
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Ave Maria!

Fra Solanus tells us about Glastonbury in England, and how this place was steeped in history even prior to the re-building of the famous abbey in the 14th century. Joseph of Arimathea is said to have come here in 63 A.D. (and perhaps even before that with the Boy Jesus); St. David consecrated a chapel of the B.V.M early on; St. Dunstan once reigned as Abbot. We won’t mention the bold King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table! The Abbey’s last abbot was the saintly and learned (Blessed) Richard Whiting, who along with two of his monks, was hanged, drawn and quartered during the reign of King Henry VIII. The Dissolution of the Monasteries Act is also examined.

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Video – Variety #276: Legion of Mary

Friday, August 28th, 2015
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Variety #276 – Legion of Mary ( 28min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

A summary of the origins and the Rule of the Legion of Mary, by Canon Francis J. Ripley. (The article is taken from “Christ to the World”, Vol. 38 (1993), Number 3-4, pp.238-246)

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Fall River Pro-Life Boot-camp – Variety 275

Monday, August 24th, 2015
Balloon with "life" written on it


Variety #275 – ( 10min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Several interviews with the organizers of the 2015 Pro-Life Boot Camp in the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. The video was filmed at the prayer vigil across the street from the Four Women Health Services (the local abortion clinic) in Attleboro, Massachusetts, on June 18th, 2015.

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