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Romania: Formation Course for the guardians

On May 17-19, 2017, a formation course for the guardians of the Province of St. Joseph in Romania took place at the Provincial Curia in Bacău, Romania. The course was conducted by the Secretary General for Formation (SGF), Friar Louis PANTHIRUVELIL, with collaboration from the Procurator of the Order, Friar Maurizio DI PAOLO, who presented a conference on the legal aspects of the role of the guardian and his authority.  […]

The Apostle Philip Returns to the Site of His Martyrdom

On the evening of May 9, 2017, a delegation of the Friars Minor Conventual, representing both the Order and the Basilica of the Twelve Holy Apostles in Rome, visited the Church of San Polycarp in Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) to deliver two noteworthy relics of the Apostle Philip. The relics were received by the Most Reverend Lorenzo PIRETTO O.P., the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Izmir, and BARTOLOMEO I of Constantinople, the […]

“No one who sets a hand to the plow and looks to what was left behind is fit for the kingdom of God” (Lk 9,62)

My name is Nicolas Abou Anny. I am 26 years old and I am a Lebanese Friar with the Friars Minor Conventual, in the Order’s Custody of the Orient and the Holy Land. I was born into a Christian family with few means. I did not have much while I was growing up, but I always wanted to become someone who lived out his dreams. I attended a German boarding […]

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