Funding available for Franciscans

Are you a Franciscan Friar, Sister or Secular or part of a Franciscan volunteer service program like FrancisCorps? Are you thinking of a project that would provide direct service to the poor or marginalized or care for creation? Do you need money to make your project a reality?1214

If that’s the case, then I have some good news! The Saint Anthony of Padua Mission Aid (affiliated with the Messenger of Saint Anthony from Padua, Italy) gives grants every year to registered charities in Canada and also around the world. Priority is given to projects by Franciscans which are small, local organizations and which also promote a sense of community among those whom they serve.

Deadline is Dec 31, 2014. Grant decision takes place in March 2015 and funds are distributed over the Spring/Summer 2015 as the groups need the funds.

Check out the grant guidelines below:


Join the brotherhood!

Here’s a video that’s very popular on YouTube and was filmed at St. Bonaventure in Toronto. It’s a music video that speaks to the yearning for more out of life. For some the answer to life’s questions is found in a life of Gospel living as a Franciscan.We just celebrated the Baptism of the Lord which marks the start of Jesus’ public ministry. Could it be that Jesus is calling you to follow in his path? Is that path as a Franciscan Friar? Find out at

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25th Anniversary of Profession

This summer (August 13th) marked the 25th anniversary of my profession of vows as a Franciscan. The Silver Jubilee was marked by the presence of one of my classmates, The Very Rev. Bro. John-Joseph Dolan, Assistant General of the Order of Friars Minor Conventual. It’s a mouthful for such a humble friars as J-J.

Friars John-Joseph and Rick celebrate 25 years.

Friars John-Joseph and Rick celebrate 25 years.

We had a celebration with the parish here at St. Bonaventure after one of the Saturday evening liturgies. It was an open invitation to anyone who wanted to come and we welcomed over 300 guests for prosecco and appetizers. The next day there was also a dinner for the friars and some friends at the friary.

25 years have gone by. There have certainly been some tough times, and also many more great times. I would not hesitate making the same choice again. I have been truly blessed as a friars.

Today I am off on what we call a “Jubilee” trip. I am heading for a couple of days in Assisi, a few in Padua and then some 10 days in Rome. I hope to do some blogging from there and share some of the interesting things I see and experience.