everyday heroes
      Four years ago, Richard and Rhonda Ramey pulled into the church yard of Mary Gate of Heaven in Negril, Jamaica, and introduced themselves to Fr. Jim Bok. Having heard of the good work of the Catholic Church:  St. Anthony’s Kitchen downtown, the Get Kids to School Program and other outreach projects, they wanted to help so they bought about $1,200.00 worth of food stuff. When they delivered it, they stayed and worked … and have come back every Christmas since.
      Each year their involvement increases. They collect funds from fellow tennis buffs and friends back home in Columbus, GA. Christmas 2014 they volunteered at St. Anthony’s Kitchen (160 meals out the door, 100 bags of toys and school supplies for children and 120 grocery bags furnished by Negril Rotary) after which they visited the friary bearing a little gift box—this year stuffed with $4,390—to be used where it is most needed. 
      Their support of the Franciscan missions is wonderful and we are proud to feature Richard and Rhonda as our everyday heroes.

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Br. John Bok, OFM

      Welcome and 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.

      On Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday, we mark the beginning of the Season of Lent, a time of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us to celebrate Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Lent is meant to be about what we gain in spiritual growth and conversion and not what we lack.  To help in your spiritual growth, we extend an offer for a free copy of “Lent in My Pocket”, which contains a reflective prayer for each of the 40 days, and an action thought that brings someone or some ministry to our minds and hearts. It is small and easily fits in your pocket or purse. Get your free copy by sending your name and address to friarworks@franciscan.org.
May God Bless you.

Fr. John Bok, OFM
Friar Works/Franciscan Ministry & Mission

Friars' Work
In Loving Memory, Bob Lucero, OFM (May 1950-Dec. 20, 2014)

      For more than 40 years, the two great loves of Br. Robert (Bob) Lucero's life were ministry and music. Br. Bob spent 39 years as an assistant editor and production manager at St. Anthony Messenger Press (now Franciscan Media) in Over-the-Rhine. He played a major role in bringing St. Anthony Messenger into the computer age. Bob’s impact on the people and the mission of St. Anthony Messenger Press was measureless.
      Bob’s love of music in general and choral music in particular led to his joining Cincinnati’s prestigious May Festival Chorus in 1971, a 43-year membership that became a major part of his life until his last round of illness forced him to step down. He was one of the group’s longest-serving members.
In 2013, he moved in a new direction when he became a member of the Vocation office team. Bob was particularly proud of our five newest Postulants with whom he worked closely.
      Bob, a Santa Fe, New Mexico native, professed solemn vows as a Friar in 1973. He was a gentle and caring man with a great sense of humor and a love of life. His positive spirit continually amazed and inspired everyone around him. Br. Bob died on Dec. 20, 2014, at the age of 64. 

      Bob, may the angels lead you into paradise. May the martyrs come to meet you on your way and lead you into the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels welcome you, and may you have eternal life.