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On October 4th, 2015, the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, the Vatican Office for the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, released a document titled, "IDENTITY AND MISSION OF THE RELIGIOUS BROTHER IN THE CHURCH." Please follow the link below to read in full, "And you are all brothers" (Mt 23:8) http://files.ctctcdn.com/8c97a3ce301/1827e765-8669-44f0-aaa5-5040c9dea164.pdf
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Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil
Join us at the Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil on March 25th, 2016 at the Mega-Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia Street, St. Paul, MN, from 8:30 to 4:30 PM. The brothers will be leading music throughout the morning as hundreds gather to carry the cross of abortion. Area pastors of various denominations will lead those gathered in the reading of Scriptures and prayers throughout the day. For more information visit: http://www.plam.org/events/ .
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O’Donnell, Br. Paul Joseph
December 15th 1959 - February 20th 2015
Beloved long time superior of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Br. Paul Joseph O’Donnell, fbp, age 55, of St. Paul, formerly of Omaha, died February 20, 2015. Br. Paul was a dedicated, nationally recognized leader within the right-to-life movement, advocating for the human rights and dignity of the unborn, handicapped, elderly, and a heart for serving the spiritually and bodily poor. He was a cofounder and president of Pro-Life Action Ministries, founding board member of Human Life Alliance and chairman of the Terri Schiavo Life & Hope Network. Deeply loved and survived by his religious community; Brothers, Joseph Katzmarek, Pio King, John Mary Kaspari, Conrad Richardson, James Voeller, Seraphim Wirth, Maximilian Connelly, Juniper Barlett, Benedict Gerard Kelley, Dominic Michael Hart, and Postulants Nicholas Listi and Ricardo Pagba, all of St. Paul. Preceded in death by his parents, Charles (Danny) and Mary Kaye O’Donnell; and survived by five siblings; Stephen (Christene) O’Donnell, Diane Nyberg, Barbara (Rolland) McCann, Patrick O’Donnell and Kelly, Timothy (Theresa) O’Donnell; and twenty nieces and nephews.
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I wish to announce to you in all humility that at our recent brotherhood General Chapter this past May, I (Br. Pio King, fbp) was elected Guardian Overall of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, and that Br. James Voeller, fbp has been elected as my Vicar.
Br. Conrad Richardson, fbp and Br. John Mary Kaspari, fbp have been requested to assume their new roles of House Guardian of Queen of Peace Friary and House Guardian / Novice Director of Saint Crispin Friary respectively. We request please your prayers as we embark on these roles of guidance and service to our community and to those to whom we minister.
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Fueled by the outrageous truths revealed by the videos released by Center for Medical Progress revealing Planned Parenthood’s selling baby parts; 7 brothers attended St. Paul’s rally, sponsored by Pro-Life Action Ministries, as part of the National Protest of Planned Parenthood.
The sheer number of people attending was overwhelming. Estimates of 4,500 gathered with the developing theme of creating and being a “firestorm” for defunding Planned Parenthood. Counted with many of our friends and veteran protesters, this particular rally had many first time rally participants and young women and children.
Br. Conrad led the brothers in opening and completing the rally with songs including, “God Bless America.” Brian Gibson was on fire, fueling and exhorting the crowd. Inspiring speeches were given by approximately a dozen speakers including state politicians, women from Silent-No-More, and other inspiring speakers from pro-life organizations.
Thanks to our generous benefactors for making it possible for us to participate in this awesome event.
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