Thanks To You
Thanks to you, the Franciscan Friars of this Province have been able to assist the friars of ABVM Province providing direct help to those in need. A large number of immigrants from Central America, mostly women and children, sought help from Sacred Heart Catholic Church in McAllen, Texas. Sacred Heart Parish is working in cooperation with Catholic Charities of Rio Grande Valley (Diocese of Brownsville) organizing efforts to assist the immigrants by providing food, clothing, showers, medical services and tent lodging for overnight stays. Approximately 6,000 people have passed through this parish and as many as 50-100 people continue to come each day.

“God has blessed us in many ways with countless number of volunteers from our local parishes as well as other parishes and non-Catholic churches and organizations throughout the United States. We are constantly being evangelized by these families and have experienced the face of God in thousands of ways,” says Fr. Thomas Luczak, OFM.

Thanks to your generosity, we are able to support this wonderful ministry.
Missionary Life

“Burning with divine love the blessed father Francis was always eager to try his hand at brave deeds."   (1Cel 55)

Oct. 19 was World Mission Day, a time for all Christians to reflect on the call given by Jesus to spread the Good News to the four corners of the earth.  It is also a time when we are encouraged to share our treasures in order to support the missionary efforts of the Church both at home and abroad.

The Franciscan Order is dedicated to the ministry of missionary evangelization throughout the world.  I would like to give you a brief summary of the projects in which the Order is involved. The Franciscan Friars are present in sub-Saharan Africa since the 15th century. The Franciscan Friars have been present in Morocco since 1219.  They are involved with prisoners, foreign Christians and the poor through their witness of faith and fraternity. The Franciscan presence was re-launched in 1982 with the “African Project” following an appeal from the General Minister to all the friars of the Order. The Friars Minor opened new fraternities in many places. Today they are present in 27 countries on the Continent.

In 1985 the Franciscan Friars were installed in Lamdai. The presence of the Friars became the “Foundation in Thailand,” as a project of the Order under the authority of the General Minister and affiliated to the Province of Indonesia. After the fall of the Iron Curtain of the Soviet Union in 1989 the C.I.S. Project was begun.  It has been changed to the Franciscan Foundation of Russia-Kazakhstan, dependent on the General Minister of the Friars Minor.

During this time when we are encouraged to reflect on the missionary call of all Christians, let us join our efforts with our sisters and brothers in the missions with our prayers.

--Br. Tim Sucher, OFM
Director, Franciscan Mission Office