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DECEMBER 29, 2016

2016

A year in the life of SJB Province

BY FR. JEFF SCHEELER, OFM

January

1 Vince Delorenzo and Alex Kratz visit Pakistan

12 Hilarion Kistner retires from Franciscan Media

17 Fred Link leads Concert for Consecrated Life at Cathedral in Cincinnati

18-22 Council meets in New Orleans

27 Roger Bacon’s Fine Arts Center dedicated

31 Death of Matthew Brozovic

February

10 Page Polk and Larry Zurek go to Rome to become Missionaries of Mercy

12 General Visitator Gerry Evans announced

20 Korean friar Stephen Cho arrives for internship at Franciscan Media

March

1-3 Senior Friar Retreat at St. Clement

3 Judy Jett receives Francis Medal in Jackson, Ky.

4-5 24 Hours for the Lord prayer event at Mt. Airy

7-10 Council meets in Cincinnati

17 John Quigley opens Year of Mercy speaker series at Mt. Airy

30 John Barker receives Doctorate from Boston College

April

6-10 SJB hosts English Speaking Conference in Galveston, Texas

6 Cincinnati area friars march in Reds’ Opening Day Parade

11 Larry Zurek speaks on Year of Mercy at Mt. Airy

18-21 Council meets in Easton, Pa.

24 Pat Riestenberg affiliated to Province and eight receive Francis Medals in Hazard, Ky.

28 Murray Bodo’s new book, Gathering Shards, is published

May

1 Bruno Kremp and Marcel Groth honored by Kolping Society, Cincinnati

2 Former friar Orlando Jacques discovered not to have disappeared

20 Pakistani friars David Masih and Gul Shahzad arrive to participate in APA

22 General Definitor Caoimhin O’Laoide and General Visitor Gerry Evans arrive for APA

26 Chris Meyer missioned to Jamaica

23-27 All Province Assembly at St. Meinrad, Indiana

31 Barb Coyle launches fund-raising book on Jamaica mission: Soon Come

June

1-3  Robert Seay, Don Miller, Luis Aponte Merced, and Richard Goodin in Rome-for Year of Mercy priests’ assembly

3-4 Departure from St. Mary’s, Bloomington, Ill.

6-10 Interprovincial Gathering in Danville, Calif.

10 Roger Lopez, Clifford Hennings ordained priest, Colin King ordained deacon

12-17 Clifty Falls Council meeting

13-16 Interprovincial Gathering in at Siena University in New York

16 Ric Schneider named History Maker for McLean County, Ill.

23-26 Interprovincial Gathering in Albuquerque, N.M.

July

14  Jacques Dalarun gives Brady lecture at St. Bonaventure University on Rediscovered Life

17 Departure from Jackson and Campton, Ky.

25-29 Solemnly Professed Under 10 Years Gathering in Colorado

31 Departure from Hazard, Ky.

August

2 John Boissy makes first profession in Burlington, Wis.

12 Remains of Don Rewers returned and buried in Cincinnati

21 Holy Family, Oldenburg, Ind., celebrates 150 years as Franciscan parish

22-26 Interprovincial Councils meet in Techny, Ill.

26 Four prospectives for SJB join Lateran Program at St. Bonaventure University

27 Student friars from Holy Name Province join program at CTU in Chicago

September

1 Solar panels installed on St. Monica-St. George Church in Cincinnati

4-12 Jeff Scheeler visits Harold Geers in the Philippines

5 Gatherings for Praesidium education and discernment for leadership begin

11-13 Three prospectives attend a Come and See in Detroit

13 St. Francis Seraph Ministries receives $101,500 grant for new Kitchen from Impact 100

19-21 Council meets in Cincinnati

29  Death of Bill “Rocky” Reichel

October

2 Mark Soehner speaks on Year of Mercy at Mt. Airy

3 Friars’ Choir sings for Cincinnati Transitus

6 Pakistani friar Saleem Amir arrives to prepare to join Jamaica Mission

10-14 ESC meets in Montreal, Canada

11 New home for several non-profits, St. Anthony Center, announced in Over-the-Rhine

14-15 40th anniversary of St. Leonard Faith Community, Centerville, Ohio

24-27 Council meets in Southfield, Mich.

November

1 Bonaventure Huber becomes pastor of Ascension Chinese Mission, Houston, Texas

1 Bryant and Bruce Hausfeld move into Caron Vollmer Friary in Cerrillos, N.M.

3 Mass for deceased SJB friars at St. Mary Cemetery, Cincinnati

11-13 Two prospectives attend Come and See in Detroit

13-23 Vince Delorenzo and Jeff Scheeler visit Tim Lamb in Kenya

14 Greg Friedman, Jim Bok and Gerry Evans attend “Visitor School” in Rome

December

12-15 Council meeting in Cincinnati

17 Death of Ed Lammert

20 General Visitor Gerry Evans resigns for health reasons

25 Death of Rock Travnikar

  • PHOTO BY JUNIPER CROUCH, OFMThat kettle of gumbo fed a lot of guests.The largest vat of gumbo you’ve ever seen was cooked and served yesterday at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Lafayette, La., as part of a holiday dinner prepared by parishioners and Secular Franciscans “to feed those locally who may not have the means to have some joy,” according to friar Br. Juniper Crouch. About 200 guests dined on gumbo, rice, ham, potato salads and sweets, and Pastor Fr. Robert Seay distributed toys to children. In addition, “We had blankets available, some toiletries, clothing, and a bike that was brought into usable condition,” Juniper says. This is the second time the parish and Seculars have collaborated on a Christmas meal for those in need.
  • If you haven’t sent in y our straw ballots for provincial minister and councilors, please do so today. Counting takes place Jan. 12.
  • FRANCISCAN MONASTERY PHOTOGreg interviewed by WJLAOn Christmas Day, faithful customer Br. Tim Sucher was quoted and pictured in a Page 1 story in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the resurgence of Tucker’s Restaurant after it closed last year following a fire. “My ministry is one of presence, out among the people of God. I do my best ministry at Tucker’s,” Tim told reporter Polly Campbell. Tucker’s, a few doors north of St. Francis Seraph Friary in Over-the-Rhine, has been a neighborhood staple for almost 60 years. Read the story at: After-tuckers-fire
  • On Christmas Eve as the FBI and Department of Homeland Security warned of possible terror attacks by ISIS on U.S. churches, WJLA-TV visited the Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington, D.C., to gauge the mood and ask about security preparations. They interviewed Fr. Greg Friedman, who told them, “We’re not unfamiliar with the threats that may happen, but that’s not the message we’re leading with tonight. Fear is not our attitude here, peace is our attitude.” Watch the interview at: Threats-against-us
  • “Today Bro. Chris [Cahill] and I cooked a festive meal for five friars from the area who had no special place to go,” Fr. Don Miller wrote on Facebook Dec. 25. “We have done this ever since we moved into this friary [Br. Juniper in Cincinnati], and it is always fun to do.” Guests chipped in on the cleanup. PHOTOS BY JIM BOK, OFMChurch vs. resort: Who won?“Also, again this year, Chris baked about 50 loaves of bread for his family, our neighbors, and friends. This is also a lot of fun as I get to visit the homes in our neighborhood and wish people a Merry Christmas and offer them a warm, fresh-baked loaf of bread. This year the specialty was date and nut bread. Chris is one GREAT baker!”
  • It wouldn’t be Christmas in Jamaica without the annual holiday lighting competition between Mary, Gate of Heaven Church and Coco la Palm resort, which face each other across the street in Negril. This year’s competition was too close to call. You be the judge!

(Fr. Saleem Amir left for Jamaica today after spending three months in Cincinnati awaiting his visa.)

Saleem Amir says thanks.Gratitude is the positive emotion one feels when another person has given or attempted to give one something of value, and this creates a healthy, positive, spiritual and fraternal relationship. I want to be grateful to God, my brothers, sisters and friends for their spiritual and moral support and prayers for my missionary journey. I am very thankful to my Custody of St. John the Baptist in Pakistan for the opportunity to continue strengthening the twinning relationship with our brothers of the Province of St. John the Baptist in Cincinnati.

I am very grateful to Fr. Jeff Scheeler, who has been a great brother to me, arranging my trips to Detroit, Chicago and Washington, D.C., asking communities in Cincinnati to show me places and inviting me to enjoy with him the delicious meal cooked by himself at his place. I want to thank St. Francis Seraph community, namely: Dan, Tom, Hilarion, Bill, Brian, Josef, John, Phil, Joachim and Tim for their fraternal love, care and concern. I stayed with them for almost three months and my stay here has enriched my life.

I thank the staff at St. Francis Seraph and the ministries. They are hardworking, responsible and lovely people. I am grateful to all the fraternities in the Province of St. John the Baptist for their warm and fraternal welcome. I am excited and happy about going to Jamaica to join the community and help them to continue bringing the good news to our brothers and sisters in need.

Wishing you all a peaceful

New Year 2017,

Fr. Saleem Amir, OFM

Fr. Benet Fonck, OFM, of Sacred Heart Province died Dec. 23 at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, Ill., at the age of 71. Benet served as General Spiritual Assistant for the Secular Franciscan Order in Rome from 1980-1985 and was Editor of the book, Ritual of the Secular Franciscan Order (St. Anthony Messenger Press). He also ministered as Communications Coordinator for his province.

Christmas around the Province

Send comments or questions to: sjbfco@franciscan.org

ARCHIVES

  • FRANCISCAN MONASTERY PHOTOGreg interviewed by WJLAOn Christmas Day, faithful customer Br. Tim Sucher was quoted and pictured in a Page 1 story in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the resurgence of Tucker’s Restaurant after it closed last year following a fire. “My ministry is one of presence, out among the people of God. I do my best ministry at Tucker’s,” Tim told reporter Polly Campbell. Tucker’s, a few doors north of St. Francis Seraph Friary in Over-the-Rhine, has been a neighborhood staple for almost 60 years. Read the story at: After-tuckers-fire
  • “Today Bro. Chris [Cahill] and I cooked a festive meal for five friars from the area who had no special place to go,” Fr. Don Miller wrote on Facebook Dec. 25. “We have done this ever since we moved into this friary [Br. Juniper in Cincinnati], and it is always fun to do.” Guests chipped in on the cleanup. PHOTOS BY JIM BOK, OFMChurch vs. resort: Who won?“Also, again this year, Chris baked about 50 loaves of bread for his family, our neighbors, and friends. This is also a lot of fun as I get to visit the homes in our neighborhood and wish people a Merry Christmas and offer them a warm, fresh-baked loaf of bread. This year the specialty was date and nut bread. Chris is one GREAT baker!”

2016

A year in the life of SJB Province

BY FR. JEFF SCHEELER, OFM

2016

A year in the life of SJB Province

BY FR. JEFF SCHEELER, OFM