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.
When Romania’s communist regime fell in 1989, Father Stefan Acatrinei suddenly realized he could pursue his lifelong dream to be a priest. For several weeks each summer, this seminary professor enjoys pastoral service as he assists the staff of Our Lady of Hope Parish in Queens.
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.
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.