In the span of a few hours at Comerica Park in Detroit at a May 31 Detroit Tigers game, Father Casey Cole heard a confession, and had a conversation about the faith with some tipsy young Catholics who noticed his Franciscan habit.
Brother Campion Lally (second from right with former teachers and members of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, from left, William Boslet, Gabriel O’Brien, Kevin Smith, and Ferdinand Vogrin) received the Msgr. Francis X Downing Award
Before he became guardian and commissary of the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in Washington in 2013, Franciscan Father Larry Dunham made his first trip to the Holy Land, where his order has cared for the most sacred shrines of Christendom for centuries.
Franciscan Father Francesco Patton, custos of the Holy Land, asked Catholics around the world to make a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land and make a real donation to support the church in the region.
Five Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn discovered that when they wore those official-looking clothes for a day in early August during a trip they made to a shelter in El Paso, Texas. They were helping immigrants who had just been in ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) custody.
The donkey brayed and kicked as St. Francis of Assisi announced the birth of Jesus outside of St. Adalbert Church on Dec. 2.
Brother Xavier Castaldo, O.S.F., a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn for 55 years, died Oct. 20.
Brother Labre Tallman, O.S.F., died Sept. 2, in St. Catherine’s Hospital, Smithtown, L.I.
Brother Michel Bettigole, O.S.F., a member of the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn for 55 years, died Sept. 2 at Coney Island Hospital after a long illness. He was 77.
This year, the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens is proud to honor 72 sisters and brothers who have collectively given 3,315 years of service to the Church and the people of God. Brief bios, photos and more are included in this special supplement of The Tablet.