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Roberto Serrano, HN, with John Boissy, SJB, at the Chapter of Mats

14-18: Interprovincial Retreat with Richard Rohr, Scottsdale, Ariz.; second retreat is Feb. 4-8, Winter Park, Fla.
21: Transfiguration parishioners in Southfield, Mich., brave sub-zero temperatures to march in the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Walk.
20-24: Provincial Council meets in Jamaica.
27-30: US-6 Provincials meet in Albuquerque, N.M.
Jim Bok is named a member of the Executive Committee for Missions and Evangelization for the Order by the Minister General.
Planning Committee of John Barker, Maxwell Klug, Larry Ford, Efren Quintero, Robert Hutmacher, and Sam Nasada is appointed to prepare for the Denver Chapter of Mats.


18-22: Provincial Council meets in Detroit, Mich.
25: A mini-retreat by Bishop Alfred Schlert on “Spirituality in Times of Crisis: Finding the Presence of God” is held at St. Francis Retreat House, Easton, Pa.
26: Joe Haley dies. Funeral held on March 4 at St. Clement.


Friars and Reds mascot head

Who was that mysterious friar in the Opening Day Parade?

3: Song and Spirit Institute for Peace of Berkley, Mich., receives the 2019 World Sabbath Peacemaker Award.
6: Tim Sucher receives the first habit made by artisans of the Sarah Center in Over-the-Rhine.
6: Family Fun Night at Friars Club in Cincinnati.
10-12: Al Mascia preaches Mission at Our Lady of La Salette on “Joyful, Missionary, Disciple”.
12: Necrology of St. John the Baptist Province is updated by Dan Anderson and Ron Cooper.
15-17: Tim Lamb has a “Come and See” weekend for perspectives.
17: Movie Sign of Contradiction on Francis of Assisi is shown at Roger Bacon High School.
21-27: Provincial Council meets in Cincinnati.
23: Stephen Richter dies. Funeral at St. Margaret Hall, March 27.
27: Three-week series on Lenten themes begins at St. Anthony Shrine, coordinated by Clifford Hennings, Director of Shrine Ministry.
28: Friars march in Cincinnati Reds Findlay Market Opening Day Parade.
March 30-April 3: Bishop Ferd Cheri, OFM, preaches a mission at Transfiguration Parish in Southfield, Mich.
31: Parishioners of St. Stephen Church in Cincinnati have a surprise party for Hilarion Kistner on his 90th birthday.


Rob Braun and Sam Hubbard

Rob Braun presents an award to Sam Hubbard at Friars Club.

1-5: Mark Soehner attends ESC meeting in Racine, Wis.
13: Bill Farris receives Roger Bacon Award.
14: Eric Seguin renews temporary vows.
24-25: CTU presents its Peacemakers award to Sr. Helen Prejean, introduced by former friar Josh Van Cleef and his wife, Ellen, graduates of CTU. Mark Soehner is present, and attends the CTU Board meeting that follows.
26: Friars Club 47th Community Dinner honors Sr. Rose Ann Fleming, Sam Hubbard, Tom Thacker and George Wilson.
April 28-May 2: All-Formators’ Meeting in Colorado Springs. Mark Soehner attends as Provincial Liaison.
April 29: Groundbreaking for major renovations to Roger Bacon’s Bron Bacevich Stadium.


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Roger Lopez and Mark Soehner with Michael Charron at his May 4 law school graduation

4: Michael Charron graduates from Appalachian School of Law in Grundy, Va.
13: Cyprian Berens dies. Funeral: May 17, Little Sisters of the Poor.
19: Transfiguration Friary in Southfield hosts an Open House for prospective friars.
27: 17 friars honored at the Jubilee Celebration at St. Monica/St. George.
28-31: Provincial Council meets in Cincinnati.


2: In Chinle, Ariz., the restored mission church is rededicated by Bishop James Wall of the Diocese of Gallup. Blane Grein was instrumental in organizing this renovation.
9-12: US-6 Provincials meet in Chicago.
15: Brian Maloney celebrates 50 years as a Franciscan at St. Francis Seraph Church.
17-20: Provincial Council meets with Sponsored Ministries in Cincinnati.
20-22: Franciscan Alumni Reunion in Southfield, Mich. Jeremy Harrington receives the Christian Life Award.
29-30: Friars leave St. Aloysius Parish in Detroit, Mich., returning the parish to the Archdiocese.


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Friars tim Lamb, Mark Soehner and Carl Langenderfer attended when Matt Ryan and Raphael Ozoude professed first vows.

2: Mark Soehner receives vows of Matt Ryan and Raphael Ozoude. Eight classmates also make their first profession. Sadly, SB Vocation Director Eric Pilarcik, 52, dies that very day.
2: Loren Connell begins the first leg of his cross-country pilgrimage visiting the burial sites of deceased friars.
7-14: Colin King, Clifford Hennings, and Roger Lopez are among 181 friars gathered for the Under Ten Chapter in Taize, France.
23: 175th anniversary of the arrival in the U.S. of William Unterthiner, considered the founder of SJB Province.
July 29-Aug. 2: Historic Chapter of Mats in Denver, Colo. Nearly 400 U.S. friars from US-6 provinces gather to begin the process of restructuring our six provinces into a single new entity. They talk about Provincial Reputations, hear individual friars share personal “witness talks”, hold Reception of Novices and pray, play, and eat together.


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Provincial Minister Mark Soehner with postulants Pil McCarter, Tim Amburgey and William Compton

5-9: Mark Soehner attends the CMSM National Assembly in San Antonio, Texas.
10: 17 friars attend the Transitus of Clare service with the Cincinnati Poor Clares. Mark Hudak presides over a full house on their feast.
15: Minister General Michael Perry is hospitalized in Chicago after a bicycle accident. Anticipated return to Rome is in eight months.
22: SJB Postulants Phil McCarter, Tim Amburgey and William Compton are received into the postulancy in Silver Spring, Md.
25: Carl Langenderfer and Humbert Moster are guests of honor at the 175th anniversary celebration of St. Mary’s of the Rock parish in Batesville, Ind.


Early September: Tim Lamb and other ESC Vocation Directors gather at Mundelein, Ill., at Joseph and Mary Retreat House.
16-20: Provincial Council meets for its annual Clifty Falls, Ind., meeting.
16-20: ESC Communicators meet in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada.
21: Hilarion Kistner dies. Funeral takes place Sept 25 at St. Clement Church.


Franciscan Novices

Novices at the Rite of Investiture

3: Transitus held throughout the Province. The Cincinnati celebration is at St. Monica/St. George.
6: Pet Blessings held throughout the Province. At St. Francis Seraph, the United Pet Fund offers a free pet clinic.
9: Ed Skutka is honored for 49 years of service at St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, Pa.
12-18: ESC Provincials meet in Malta.
15: Novice Joshua Richter and his 10 classmates receive the habit at Mission Santa Barbara. Bill Farris and Tim Lamb are present for the investiture.
24-27: Provincial Council meets in Scottsdale, Ariz.
27: Open House at Roger Bacon High School draws a record turnout.
Oct. 28-Nov. 1: Bill Farris leads a retreat for friars in Jamaica.



Brian Menezes is welcomed into the Postulant fraternity

1: Brian Menezes is welcomed into the Postulant Fraternity in Silver Spring, Md. Brian had a delay with his visa as a Canadian citizen.
11: SJB is one of six provinces featured in Franciscan Friars Coast to Coast (Arcadia), a pictorial history complied by archivists and edited by Jack Clark Robinson.
14-21: Pat McCloskey attends a celebration for 550 years of Friars Minor in Lithuania and 30 years of renewed ministry, representing the province and the ESC in his role as Executive Secretary.
15: Sr. Anthony is officially welcomed into the Poor Clares of Cincinnati, having transferred from the Memphis, Tenn., monastery that closed.
16: Administrator Tom Speier welcomes guests to Holy Name parish in Cincinnati for a celebration of Black Catholic History Month.
17: Jeff Scheeler arrives in Rome for “visitor school” in preparation for his work as General Visitor to the Maltese Franciscan Province.


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The Feast of Guadalupe at St. Clement

Murray Bodo’s expanded edition of his book, Mystics: Twelve Who Reveal God’s Love, is featured in the December edition of the OFM’s Fraternitas.
11: Joachim Lux dies; his funeral is held Dec. 16 at St. Margaret Hall.
12: St. Clement Church celebrates its first Spanish Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
20: Bill Ollendick dies. His funeral takes place Dec. 24 at St. Clement Church.

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