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FI Apostolates

The Truth About the Appointment of a Commissioner to the Franciscans of the Immaculate

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Update: Please, keep in mind that these statistics where never intended to be published. In fact, the entire visitation and the resulting decree regarding the appointment of the commissioner and the restriction of the Extraordinary Form for the FI were never intended to be published. Part of the shock of the news of the decree was that all the friars involved had done such a good job at not talking about it as per the request of the Vatican. Few outside the order knew we had any problem at all, even though the visitation had been taking place for about a year. Right at the time when we had the highest hope  (when the news of the decree was privately announced to the friars) of resolving our difficulties quietly behind closed doors, fully respecting everyone’s good reputation, not only was the decree leaked to the blogs that are sympathetic to traditionalism but, as outlined below, they broke the story in a way that made the Pope and the Vatican look bad with the resulting negative firestorm. What a mess! To help remedy this the Vatican has decided to publish the results of the questionnaire that provide good solid numbers to give everyone an idea of why they had to act. Some have taken offense that we are airing problems in our order, showing our dirty laundry. This is, indeed, unfortunate, but it is the only recourse now that our internal conflict has been made public and aggressively used by some outside the order to promote an agenda against the Vatican and our dear Holy Father, Pope Francis.

– Fra Roderic, Web Master

Sept 24, 2013

Publication of data from an internal questionnaire: Regarding the old Mass, 64% of the friars stated that there are problems, and as many as 77% of these said that they could only be resolved with an extraordinary General Chapter or by the appointment of a Commissioner over the Institute.

Vatican Insider



There is significant data blatantly contradicting many articles and bitter comments that have appeared over the last two months on blogs close to the traditionalist world, sites and blogs that attempt to reduce the internal affairs of the Franciscans of the Immaculate to the “traitorous” initiative of handful of friars allergic to the old Mass.

On 19 September, during the course of an audience of the Secretary of the Congregation for Religious with the Commissioner of the Franciscans of the Immaculate, Vatican officials authorized the publication of the statistical data emerging from the questionnaire that the Apostolic Visitator submitted to all the members of the Institute in perpetual vows. The questionnaire focused on four multiple-choice questions, suggested by the then Procurator General of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. The results speak for themselves, and demonstrate why the Holy See decided to intervene by appointing a Commissioner to the Institute.

The first point concerned the “style of government of the Superior General,” the founder of the Institute, Father Stefano Manelli. 39% of the friars responded that (more…)

Vatican Insider Interview of FFI General Secretary

Friday, September 20th, 2013

“The Franciscans of the Immaculate under attack by outside lobbies”

Interview with the new secretary general Father Alfonso Bruno, accused of “treason” by some traditionalist groups

Vatican Insider

Andrea Tornielli

Controversy is yet to subside after the appointment of a Commissioner for the Franciscans of the Immaculate. In this interview, the new secretary general explains why.

Father Alfonso Bruno, is your appointment as Secretary-General by the Commissioner a choice in favor of friars critical of the founder?

“The Secretary-General, in accordance with the Constitutions of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, art. 100, ‘assists the Common Father in his personal contacts and correspondence with those outside the Institute; he redacts the acts of the Council; he takes care of the General Archives; he keeps up-to-date the records and statistics on the friars, houses and projects.’ It is a technical role and one of service for the benefit of the whole community, far removed therefore from any factionalism or partisanship. During the first weeks of his mandate, the Apostolic Commissioner spoke first personally, and then on August 30, 2013 in a recorded meeting, with all members of the former government of which I also was a part. After this meeting he insisted that I accept the appointment. His judgment was made after having prayed and thought about it, although I cannot enter into his ‘mens’. Aware of the ongoing tensions and conscious of my apostolic commitments, I did not want to assume this burden, which is challenging as regards both the time and energy required to carry it. Fr. Fidenzio Volpi, who took over the authority of the institute, told me: ‘It is the will of God, you have to help the Church … it is for the good of your religious family.’ I am a religious priest and as such in the Rule of St. Francis have professed obedience to and reverence for the Pope. I embraced my cross with the courage of faith, certain that the grace of God will support me in carrying out the mission entrusted to me.” (more…)

A Signal for the New Evangelization | Daily News | NCRegister.com

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Ave Maria! As a rebroadcaster of the EWTN Radio (actually WEWN shortwave) on our three FM radio stations, we would like to honor Mother Angelica for making such rebroadcasting possible on the 20th Anniversary of the start of WEWN in Alabama. Thank you also for all our benefactors who have made the rebroadcasts at our individual stations a reality – Deo Gratias

20 Yrs Ago Mtr. Angelica Starts EWTN Radio

A Signal for the New Evangelization (601)

With 215 stations now broadcasting and further expansion planned, EWTN Radio celebrates its 20th anniversary.

BY TIM DRAKE 12/28/2012 Comment

ON THE AIR. Mother Angelica and the late Piet Derksen, a Dutch businessman, devout Catholic and philanthropist who helped Mother Angelica launch EWTN’s worldwide shortwave operation, WEWN, in 1992. EWTN Radio is celebrating its 20th anniversary.

– EWTN photo

Mother Angelica may be best known for starting a Catholic television network, but her launch of shortwave radio on Dec. 28. 1992  has also held its own in the work of the new evangelization. EWTN Radio has seen tremendous growth, with 215 stations now on air and new projects in the works.

For the 20th anniversary of EWTN Radio, David Vacheresse, general manager of EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network, spoke with Register senior writer Tim Drake about the radio network’s past, present and future.


What was Mother Angelica’s inspiration for launching EWTN Radio?

via A Signal for the New Evangelization | Daily News | NCRegister.com.

Music & Morality Symposium

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Asking for prayers for a proposed Music & Morality Symposium

Video – Variety #204: 2012 Rally For Life Perth Parliament House

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012
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Variety #204 – 2012 Rally For Life Perth Parliament House( 19min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

May 22nd 2012 Rally For Life organized by the Coalition for the Defense of Human Life in Perth, Western Australia.

Ave Maria!

Audio (MP3)


Video – Variety #199: Fr. Gabriele Pellettieri speaks to MIM in Perth

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
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Variety #199 – Fr. Gabriele Pellettieri speaks to MIM in Perth ( 49 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Gabriele M. Pellettieri visits Perth, Australia, and speaks with the “MIM” or “Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix”, a group of lay people following the spirituality of the Franciscans of the Immaculate.

Audio (MP3)


Video – Fi News #116: Catholic Radio in Bloomington Indiana

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
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Fi News #116 – Bloomington on air ( 05min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Our newest radio station, With Our Mother Blest, in Bloomington, IN – WOMB 89.9 FM Ellettsville (the community of license) – is now on the air at full power! In fact, it was cranked up to full power a few weeks ago, but we have been so busy with three AirMaria road trips for conferences and then to World Youth Day in Madrid, that we have not been able to get this post up until now.

This is the 3rd radio station on the air belonging to our AirMaria Radio Network, the first being Holy Virgin Mary Radio, 91.9 FM Owego, NY, and the second being CorMariae, WPMW 88.5 FM Bayview, MA.

We are still fighting to find a tower location for Holy Name of Mary Radio, WHNM 89.5 FM Pawcatuck, CT.

With Our Mother Blest, WOMB 89.9 FM, is a very strategically located radio station because it reaches the 42, 000 college students and 3,000 professors that are at the University of Indiana in Bloomington. Simply put, for the first time Catholic radio content will be delivered via this station to one of the major intellectual centers of the United States and of the world.

We are currently an EWTN repeater, rebroadcasting the EWTN Radio satellite feed 24/7 with our own top of the hour ID’s chiming in every hour to comply with FCC regulations, but we plan to build our own studio at the new friary in the winter and to begin to add more of our own content as we become more capable.

Ave Maria!


FiNews – AirMaria In Madrid

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

Ave Maria!

The AirMaria team is in Madrid and will start posting video soon – hopefully.  After a long flight, with a long layover, and travel time (36 hours all told) we finally arrived on Monday at the hotel in Madrid late in the afternoon, but there seems to be great confusion reigning here and a few technical mishaps that have delayed getting things on AirMaria.

We have, in fact, been quite productive but we are doing multilingual videos for some of the European sites through Fr. Alfonso Bruno, the FI communications director and this has taken most of our time as well as spending a good hour to get anywhere on the Metro Train. We may even be doing some live streaming at some point, again, hopefully.

The Pope will have his first Mass this evening and they expect upwards of a million people coming for the final event at the Madrid Aerodrome. So far the trains are already packed full of super energetic Catholic youth from around the world.

I cant imagine how busy and crowded it will be later on and how enthusiastic they will all be now that the Holy Father is in Madrid.

Packed likes Sardines.

Viva Italia!

Go America!


We will be attending the first public showing of the John Duns Scotus film at 5:15pm this evening where we will do an interview. The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate produced this movie in conjunction with TVCO in Italy. It is the official World Youth Day film and won the Vatican’s Silver Fish Award.

A map showing the incidents of persecution against Catholics at the Photographic Presentation of Christian Persecution at St Jerome’s parish in Madrid set up by the . This was narrated for our French site by Cristina Tatu of Aid to the Church in Need. Wait for the Video.

Yes We Won the Silver Fish Award

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Ave Maria!

Yes, we did win the ‘Silver Fish Award’ at the Vatican’s International Catholic Film Festival in the categories of Best Film, and Best Actor/Actress. This is for the feature length motion picture titled “Duns Scoto” on the life of Bl. John Duns Scotus that the FI’s in Italy produced in conjunction with TVCO. Not bad for our first feature length video. Well done Fr. Alfonso Bruno and team! Deo Gratias!
Here is the English trailer from TVCO:


You can see more on this film Duns Scoto with these AirMaria articles:

Ave Maria!

FiNews – FI’s ‘Duns Scotus’ Front Runner at Vatican Film Festival

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

Mirabile Dictu – International Catholic Film Festival – Home.

Ave Maria! Yes, we are front runners for the ‘Silver Fish Award’ at the Vatican’s International Catholic Film Festival in the categories of Best Film, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress for the feature length motion picture that the FI’s in Italy produced titled “Duns Scoto” on the life of Bl. John Duns Scotus. The other two films that are also finalists, and with which we are competing, are listed below. These finalists were chosen from a total of 746 films. The announcement will be made before the festival ends this Saturday, May 21, probably on Thursday. This is a great opportunity to put a spotlight on Bl. John Duns Scotus, the Franciscan scholar, who gave the theological foundation for the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, winning the title ‘The Marian Doctor’. It is also a great boost to our worldwide media efforts. Please keep us in your prayers that we win.


Best Film – Best Director – Best Actor / Actress

Duns Scoto God's Mighty Servant Marcelino pan y vino

Duns Scoto by Fernando Muraca, Italy 2010 – 90 ‘- The story of the medieval philosopher John Duns, also called Scotus because of his nationality (Scotland), who lived between the thirteenth and fourteenth century. The film is produced by the Franciscans of the Immaculate.

God’s Mighty Servant by Markus O. Rosenmüller, Germany 2010 – 2 x 90 ‘- The story of Sister Pasqualina, and the special role she had in the life of Pius XII, masterfully played by Remo Girone.

Marcelino pan y vino by José Luis Gutierrez, Mexico 2011 – 110 ‘ – Remake of the famous film. The main hero (an orphan in love with Jesus) is played here by a remarkable child actor. The action takes place

The film was Co-produced by TVCO, a multimedia production company based in Naples, Italy, which is also the executive producer and the international distributor of the work.

You can read more about the film festival at the National Catholic Register

You can see more on this film Duns Scoto with these AirMaria articles:

Fi News – Our Duns Scotus Film Selected for World Youth Day Madrid

FiNews – Rome Reports Covers FI Scotus Film

Video – Fi News #73: First Trailer of Duns Scotus Film

FiNews – FIs Producing John Duns Scotus Film

Ave Maria!

Video – Fi News #109: A Day With Mary in La Crosse, WI

Saturday, May 14th, 2011
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Ave Maria!

Listen to Fr. Peter Fehlner and Matt Korger (Editor and Chief of the “Badger Catholic” blog) talk about the upcoming Day With Mary at the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI. If you’re in that area come and spend some time with your Blessed Mother on May 21st, starting at 8:50am. Details can be found at www.guadalupeshrine.org.

Ave Maria!


From a Pilgrim: A Day With Mary to the Holy Land (part 2 of 3)

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Ave  Maria! Here is part two of images from the wonderful Day with Mary pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  These images basically cover the areas with the events from Jesus’ life from the Nativity to His public life.  Also included is the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and a few other areas we visited.
A Day with Mary to the Holy Land, part two

The picture displayed is of the Grotto of the Nativity of Our Lord.  The music on this little video is again from Eric Genuis.  Full screen viewing is recommended. Stayed tuned for Part Three which will begin at the Via Dolorosa.

Ave Maria!

From a Pilgrim: A Day with Mary to the Holy Land

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Ave Maria!
The A Day with Mary apostolate just concluded a pilgrimage to the  Holy Land and this is one pilgrim’s set of images from that incredible journey.  This is Part One and is best viewed on a full screen.  Enjoy!

This picture is of the grotto of the Annunciation inside the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth.

Part one of pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Hail Mary, Full of Grace!

Ave Maria!

New Bedford-based Catholic radio station to launch March 25 | The Anchor

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

New Bedford-based Catholic radio station to launch March 25 | The Anchor.



By Kenneth J. Souza

Anchor Staff

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — After more than two years of planning, preparing and fund-raising, the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate based at Our Lady’s Chapel in downtown New Bedford are ready to launch the first-ever 24-hour Catholic radio station in the Fall River Diocese.

On Friday WPMW — also known as Radio CorMariae — will make its official debut at the 88.5 frequency on the FM dial.

Operated by the Franciscan Friars in collaboration with the congregation’s lay apostolate, the Mission of the Immaculate Mediatrix, the new Radio CorMariae has secured the necessary licensing from the Federal Communications Commission for what is known as a “micro-FM” radio station and will broadcast within a limited range from Westport to Fairhaven within the greater New Bedford area. (more…)

A Day With Mary – 1st Week Training Course Photos

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Friar Peter Julian (American) stands in the threshold of the conference room in which the training course is being held. At the moment the small room is not too bad, but as soon as everyone else shows up on Tuesday the 22nd it’ll become a tight squeeze in my opinion. CLICK MORE BELOW TO ENTER