Friday, August 7, 2009

August 2009 C.F.R. Vocations eLetter

May the Lord give you His peace!

Well, we are now offering our monthly Vocations eLetter in blog format. This may make it easier to access and adds an element of interaction with the ability to post comments. We plan on continuing the old webpage format as well.

As you may know, we have two basic elements to our apostolates: at home and abroad. It has been quite a summer for the friars. In terms of travels and missions the friars are like monks on the move. We have sent mission teams to Sudan and Kenya, Bosnia, Australia, South Africa, Lebanon, France, England and Ireland - not to mention our regular missionary work from our friaries! Our foundations in Honduras and Nicaragua are doing well despite political instability. We certainly have a deeper appreciation that He has the whole world in His hands...

There have been many blessings in the Bronx this summer as well. Our Bronx youth Summer Life program went well as usual. The Padre Pio and Saint Anthony homeless shelters are both moving forward in some new directions. Four of our brothers professed perpetual vows on August 2nd. To cap it all off, it looks like around 10 men will be joining us as Postulants on September 8th!

We look forward to reaping the fruits of the Year For Priests, more on this as the year unfolds. As the summer comes to a close and the new school year begins, let us pray for each other. Pray also for the men and women who will be joining various communities and seminaries - it takes a lot of courage!

God bless,
Fr. Gabriel & Br. Pius