everyday heroes
Charlie and Lois Cobb and their children have been long-time supporters of our work as Franciscans.  Charlie had an incredible sense of humor and a quick wit.  He also had a strong belief in giving back. When Charlie passed away in December of 2013, Lois knew  he would have preferred that the gifts in his memory go to help Fr. Jim Bok’s mission in Jamaica or to Roger Bacon High School instead of flowers.  It was just one more way to help those less fortunate.  We always knew Charlie had lots of friends, but gifts in his loving memory came into the Friar Works office for months.  We think that Charlie would have been thrilled to know that because of him, Fr. Jim was afforded the resources to build a small, 12-by-12 board house in Negril. Thank you, Charlie, you were our everyday hero!  We miss you, your humor and your wonderful smile.
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Welcome
Thank you for visiting the Ministry & Mission page.  I am Fr. John Bok, co-director along with Colleen Cushard of the Friar Works/Franciscan Ministry & Mission office.  This office generates charitable gifts to support our ministries and missions so that we are better able to spread the Good News of Jesus to others.

We are very grateful that you share with us in this blessing to help others through your prayers and offerings.  You will find information about the work of our friars and the everyday heroes who partner with us in this work.  This month we feature Charlie and Lois Cobb, personal friends and longtime supporters of our work.  Also featured is our new St Anthony Shrine Guardian, Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM.
 
I hope you enjoy these articles.  They change on the first of each month so check back with us regularly for updates about our work and our friends who make it possible. 

Your gift does make a real difference in the lives of the poor and forgotten, the retired friars and our men in formation. Your support has truly allowed us to continue in the spirit of St Francis and we are very grateful. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Colleen or myself at friarworks@franciscan.org.

May God Bless you in abundance!

--Fr. John Bok, OFM

Co-Director Friar Works / Franciscan Ministry & Mission
   
 
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Welcome the new Guardian
Fr. Carl Langenderfer, OFM, grew up in a suburb outside of Cincinnati.  He is the oldest of five children, two brothers and two sisters.  One of his brothers, Fr. Max Langenderfer, is a Franciscan friar serving in our Jamaican missions.

Fr. Carl is a soft-spoken, kind-hearted man with an innate talent for technical matters.  He is a craftsman of many sorts and he has a broad spectrum of interests that include reading novels and skimming cookbooks, cooking, gardening and manual skills cultivated from a very young age by his parents.  

When Carl was in grade school at St. Gabriel's in Glendale, Ohio, his father built houses during the summer break and would take his young sons along to learn the trade. That is where Carl got hands-on instruction in architecture, electrical work, laying plans, setting foundations, and managing construction. 

Young Carl was rewiring lamps in grade school and planned and wired one of the homes his father built when he was only a sophomore at Roger Bacon High School. He joined the friars in 1964 and was ordained in 1971. His first assignment, one that lasted for four years, was as a religious instructor at Bishop Luers High School in Ft. Wayne, Ind. For the next 10 years he served in various positions as a member of the formation team (training program for future friars) in Ohio, Michigan and Indiana. 

From 1986-1996 he ministered at Holy Rosary Parish in Houma, La., and from 1997-2005 at St. Clement in Cincinnati. In 2005 he moved to St. Anthony Shrine and Friary to serve as Vicar and Director of Postulants. On July 1, 2014, he will take over duties as the St. Anthony Shrine Guardian.  We think he is a perfect fit. Among many other responsibilities, he will continue to light candles at the Shrine for your intentions. 

A couple of interesting notes:  Fr. Carl celebrated his very first Mass on June 13, the feast of St. Anthony.  And he previously spent a year as St. Anthony Shrine Guardian back in 1978 when he inherited the project of the chapel renovation. 

Welcome Fr. Carl.  We are looking forward to working with you!