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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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Video – Roving Reporter #112: Museum of the Covo

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
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Roving Reporter #112 – A Special Offering for the Madonna in Italy ( 04min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Every year in the town of Campocavallo, Italy, there’s a festival on the first Sunday in August called “The Festival of the Covo.”  For the past 70 years, a group of dedicated lay people have constructed a religious sculpture to honor the miraculous image of the Madonna of Campocavallo, and have processed the sculptures through the streets of the town with much festivity.  The sculptures are very unique: they’re often larger than the size of a large automobile, and they’re constructed out of steel and wood and the grain from the local fields.

The sculptures from the past few years have been particularly beautiful.  They’re replicas of famous churches from around the world.  Recently, Friar Terrance had the opportunity to visit the Museum of the Covo and film some of these artistic treasures.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Roving Reporter #109: Raising of the Cross

Sunday, June 6th, 2010
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Roving Reporter #109 – Climbing the Mount with Fra Giles M. ( 11min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Recently, the friars at our house of theological studies made an “opera di amore” (an act of love) by erecting a new cross in the mountains of Cassino, Italy. We hope you enjoy this photo collage of their journey and we expect that some of you will see some familiar faces along the way.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Roving Reporter #108: A Trip to Loreto, part 1

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
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Roving Reporter #108 – An Italian family goes to visit the home of their Mother ( 11min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Would you like to see to house in which Our Lady lived?  One of our friars in Italy had the opportunity to take a pilgrimage to the Holy House of Loreto, and this is the first of 2 videos which recount the journey and tell the story of this extraordinary shrine.  (Note: A view of the house is yet to come!  Say a prayer that the Capuchins let me into the Basilica with a video camera!)

Ave Maria!

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Video – Roving Reporter #107: Bosco ai Frati

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
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Roving Reporter #107 – Renaissance Art at its best at Bosco ai Frati ( 05 min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Recently, Friar Terrance had the privilege of visiting the ancient Franciscan convent of Bosco ai Frati (which literally translates as “the wood(s) of the friars”), located in the central part of Italy. The history of the convent is fascinating and very rich, as are the treasures contained within its walls, and we hope you’ll enjoy this brief but interesting video of a famous convent which the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate currently occupy.

Ave Maria!

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