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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.

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Jul 04 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Children of Mary Receive God’s Blessing

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
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Homily #150704m ( 18min) Play – God the Father blesses as His sons (and daughters) only those who, like his Son Jesus, live as children of Mary, their Most Holy Mother. God recognizes them as His sons (and daughters) through the grace of adoption not because of their own merits but because they have been clothed with the merits of Jesus and Mary. The way to win our Father’s Heart is through humble submission and obedience to Mary, His Son’s Mother and ours. However, we must always remember that in accepting Mary as Our Mother and consecrating ourselves entirely to her, we are also accepting the reality that our trials and sufferings are sure to intensify, because Satan has a special hatred for Mary and those who are her children. Although in the eyes of the world the children of Mary seem to be lost and confused amidst their trials and sufferings, in the eyes of God they are most blessed and will be constantly supported by their Mother.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Immaculate Heart of Mary (Opt 2) – Opt Mem – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: jth 13:17-20; 15:9
Resp: luk 1:446-48a, 48b-49, 50-51, 52-53, 5455
Gsp: luk 2:46-51

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Jul 01 – Homily – Fr Louis Maximilian: The Most Precious Blood of Jesus

Saturday, July 4th, 2015
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Homily #150701m ( 20min) Play – In today’s homily, Fr. Louis Maximilian compares the animal sacrifices of the Old Testament with the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross in the New Testament. The spilling of blood of the animals was not efficacious in and of itself in forgiving the sins of the people, but only in view of the Most Precious Blood of Christ shed during his passion and death.
Ave Maria!
Mass: The Feast of the Most Precious Blood – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: heb 9:11-15
Gsp: joh 19:30-35

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Corpus Christi in Bloomington, Indiana

Thursday, June 18th, 2015
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Variety #268 – ( 06 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

This was the Corpus Christi procession which was conducted on the grounds of the Mother of the Redeemer Retreat Center in 2015.

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Mar 29 – Homily – Fr Giles: Take Heed Lest Ye Fall

Sunday, March 29th, 2015
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Homily #150329a ( 8min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the Mass of Passion (Palm) Sunday.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Palm Sunday – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 50:4-7
Resp: psa 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24
2nd: phi 2:6-11
Gsp: mar 14:1-15:47

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Mar 19 – Homily – Fr Giles: “St. Joseph: Model of Diligence”

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
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Homily #150319a ( 05min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the Solemnity Mass of St. Joseph Spouse of Mary.
Ave Maria!
Mass: St. Joseph Husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 2sa 7:4-5, 12-14, 16
Resp: psa 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29
2nd: rom 4:13, 16-18, 22
Gsp: mat 1:16, 18-21, 24

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Feb 28 – Homily – Fr Giles: “What God Wants”

Saturday, February 28th, 2015
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Homily #150228a ( 13min) Play – This is reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 2nd Sunday of Lent.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Saturday 1st Week of Lent – Wkdy – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: deu 26:16-19
Resp: psa 119:1-2, 4-5, 7-8
Gsp: mat 5:43-48

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Feb 22 – Homily – Fr Giles: “Lent: An Opportunity To Be Washed Clean”

Sunday, February 22nd, 2015
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Homily #150222a ( 10min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 1st Sunday in the liturgical season of  Lent
Ave Maria!
Mass: Sunday 1st Week of Lent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: gen 9:8-15
Resp: psa 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
2nd: 1pe 3:18-22
Gsp: mar 1:12-15

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Jan 18 – Homily – Fr Giles: “Listening To God”

Saturday, January 17th, 2015
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Homily #150118a ( 12min) Play – This is a homily by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for Second Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: 1sa 3:3-10, 19
Resp: psa 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
2nd: 1co 6:13-15, 17-20
Gsp: joh 1:35-42

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Jan 11 – Homily – Fr Giles: We are sons of God

Saturday, January 10th, 2015
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Homily #150111a ( 11 min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the Mass for the Baptism of the Lord. The Christmas season has concluded.
Ave Maria!
Mass: Baptism of the Lord – Feast – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 42:1-4, 6-7
Resp: psa 29:1-2, 3-4, 3, 9-10
2nd: act 10:34-38
Gsp: mar 1:7-11

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Jan 01 – Homily – Fr Giles: Our Sanctification through the Mother of God

Wednesday, December 31st, 2014
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Homily #150101a ( 14min) Play – This homily is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the first day of the new year for the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Ave Maria!
Mass: Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God – Solemnity – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: num 6:22-27
Resp: psa 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8
2nd: gal 4:4-7
Gsp: luk 2:16-21

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Nov 30 – Homily – Fr Giles: “Waiting For Jesus”

Saturday, November 29th, 2014
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Homily #141130a ( 8min) Play – This is a reflection given by Fr. Giles M. Atherton on the readings for the 1st Sunday in Advent.
Ave Maria!
Mass: 1st Sunday of Advent – Sunday – Form: OF
Readings: 
1st: isa 63:16-17, 19
Resp: psa 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
2nd: 1co 1:3-9
Gsp: mar 13:33-37

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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

ANDREA TORNIELLI

VATICAN CITY

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…)

Video – Variety #191: An Evening with Pope Benedict in Rome: Corpus Christi 2011

Wednesday, January 4th, 2012
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Variety #191 – Banner of our Holy Father outside St. John Lateran ( 12min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

This past Corpus Christi the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate in Rome had the privilege of attending the Eucharistic  procession of our Holy Father.  The procession started at the basilica of St. John Lateran and finished at the basilica of St. Mary Major.  We hope you enjoy some of the highlights of our special evening, which includes audio from the Holy Mass celebrated beforehand by the Pope as well as audio of the Vatican choir which beautifully animated the procession and the Eucharistic benediction.  The video contains text in English and in Italian.

Ave Maria!

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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!

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