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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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Video – Face of Pro-Life #79: Fr. Angelo on St Maximilian Kolbe

Sunday, December 27th, 2009
Click to Play Video Face of Pro-Life #79 – Fr. Angelo Geiger and Corinn Dahm on St Maximilian Kolbe ( 29min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Fr. Angelo Geiger of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate (FI) explains the life of St Maximilian Kolbe who is a patron of the FIs and how it relates to our current battle for the Culture of Life and Religious Freedom.

Ave Maria!

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Video – Roving Reporter #89: Friar Anthony & a Padre Pio Prophecy

Monday, December 14th, 2009
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Roving Reporter #89 – Story-time with Friar Anthony in the kitchen ( 08min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Recently the ‘Italian’ Roving Reporter had a chance to catch up with Friar Anthony M. Servium at Villa Santa Lucia in Italy.  Friar Anthony recounted a fascinating story regarding Padre Pio and his prophecy that a new shrine would be built between the town of Pietrelcina and the cave where the Archangel St. Michael appeared many centuries ago.  Guess which religious order (apparently) has the privilege of fulfilling this prophecy?  We also hope you enjoy some of the beautiful scenes of the friars’ hike to the town of Monte Sant’Angelo.

[Note: Thanks for the encouraging comments from my last report at Villa Santa Lucia with Friar Anthony & Friar Josemaria.  It's great to hear from everyone, and be assured of my prayers and sacrifices.  (Note to Mr. Dietz: please don't Fed-Ex any burgers...there's already too much food over here!) In the next video, I hope to take you on a brief tour of Bosco ai Frati, a famous Franciscan convent which is now our postulant house in Italy.]

Ave Maria!

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Video – Roving Reporter #87: A Taste of Italy

Thursday, November 12th, 2009
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Roving Reporter #87 – Friar Terrance visits Friar Anthony and Friar Josemaria ( 10min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Friar Terrance goes “on assignment” (from his Mother) to Italy in preparation for philosophy and theology studies.  Before reaching his destiny at Campocavallo, Italy – a stones’ throw away from the House of Loreto – he had a chance to sit down with Friar Anthony Servium and Friar Josemaria who are beginning philosophy studies at Villa Santa Lucia.  What have these two friars been doing since their departure from the states, and what’s it like in the place that they’re now in?  Listen now and here about their adventures and also what priestly formation is like as a Franciscan Friar of the Immaculate.  (We hope you enjoy the scenes from Southern Italy.)

Ave Maria!

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Video – FiNews #55 – Feast of the Assumption at Bloomington, IN

Monday, September 7th, 2009
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FI News #55 – Marian Devotions on the Assumption at Bloomington ( 06min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

On the feast of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th, the friars and folks at Bloomington, IN celebrated in grand and reverent style with solemn vespers, procession, benediction and a spectacular fireworks display of professional caliber.

Ave Maria!

Video – Apostles Creed: Art 12 – Life Everlasting

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009
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Immaculate Music #27 – 12th Article of the Creed ( 03min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Continuing our series of music videos of the Apostles Creed from the Roman Catechism set to beautiful polyphonic music from the Franciscans of the Immaculate and classic religious art, we now proceed to the twelfth and final article of the Creed: “I believe in life everlasting.”

Ave Maria!

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Video – Apostles Creed: Art 11 – The Resurrection of the Body

Thursday, August 27th, 2009
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Immaculate Music #26 – 11th Article of the Creed ( 04min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Continuing our series of music videos of the Apostles Creed from the Roman Catechism set to beautiful polyphonic music from the Franciscans of the Immaculate and classic religious art, we now proceed to the eleventh article of the Creed: “I believe in the resurrection of the body.”

Ave Maria!

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Video – Apostles Creed: Art 10 – The Forgiveness of Sins

Thursday, August 20th, 2009
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Immaculate Music #25 – 10th Article of the Creed ( 03min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Continuing our series of music videos of the Apostles Creed from the Roman Catechism set to beautiful polyphonic music from the Franciscans of the Immaculate and classic religious art, we now proceed to the tenth article of the Creed: “I believe in the forgiveness of sins.”

Ave Maria!

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Video – Apostles Creed: Art 9, part II – The Holy Catholic Church

Thursday, August 13th, 2009
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Immaculate Music #24 – 9th Article of the Creed ( 03min) >>> Play

Ave Maria!

Continuing our series of music videos of the Apostles Creed from the Roman Catechism set to beautiful polyphonic music from the Franciscans of the Immaculate and classic religious art, we now proceed to the ninth article of the Creed: “I believe in the Holy Catholic Church.”

Ave Maria!

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