Senior Friars

Coming full circle in hospital ministry

Missions, Prayer, Senior Friars

Fr. Francis Tebbe sprinkles holy water on Maggie, a nine-year-old amputee service dog, as her owner Becky Buchanan of Munster keeps hold of a stroller during the blessing and introduction of the pet therapy program at Franciscan Health…

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O Holy Night

Advent and Christmas, Prayer, Senior Friars

The Franciscan friars wish you and your family a Blessed Advent, Merry Christmas, and Happy New Year! Br. Gabriel Balassone, OFM, sings O Holy Night, recorded at the St. Anthony Shrine in 2014. The accompanying images in the video…

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Fr. Bruno Kremp, OFM (1937-2020)

Senior Friars

Office Phil Cannon, center, and the Honor Guard stand watch at Bruno Kremp’s funeral. ‘A blessing to have him among us’ Friar Bruno Kremp had hundreds of brothers and sisters. Fr. Bruno Kremp, OFM They were…

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He always puts others first

Senior Friars

Friars Louie Lamping and Frank Jasper Br. Louie Lamping doesn’t know that he’s remarkable. But everyone else does. “He’s an outstanding friar,” says Frank Jasper, Louie’s guardian at St. Clement and a friend for 50 years.

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Fr. Ric draws birdhouse winners

Senior Friars

 Homes for birds Although retired, Fr. Ric Schneider travels to a different parish everyday to say Mass and is eager to pitch in wherever he is needed.  In his…

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Senior friars keep Franciscan Spirit

Senior Friars

Fr. Ric Schneider preaching with his trademark passion. Please remember our Senior friars Our retired friars move more slowly than in years past; their commitments are smaller in number. They no longer lead bustling parishes or teach in…

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Thankful for family ties

Prayer, Senior Friars

The oldest and the youngest, Fr. John with Hannah, his first cousin thrice removed. I read yesterday in the USA Today section of The Cincinnati Enquirer that 1 in 3 Americans have cut ties with family as a…

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Fr. John Joseph praises God for St. Anthony

Prayer, Saint Anthony, Senior Friars

On May 10th of this year (2018), as I was preparing to leave for a Secular Franciscan Meeting in Uniontown, Pa., I noticed that my wrist watch was not on its familiar place, my wrist. The Velcro on the…

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Jubilarians 2018

Senior Friars

Br. Michael Dubec, OFM 50 Years Profession Be sure to thank people you meet along the way honestly and sincerely for the small things in life. Br. Mike Dubec, OFM Fr. Robert Weakley, OFM…

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Kids share the fun at Friars Club

Events, Missions, Newsletter, Prayer, Saint Francis, Senior Friars

March Madness! ~ Do you have any idea what it is like to spend a Saturday with between 650 and 800 kids? Let’s do the math: 10 kids on a team, 20 kids on a court and 80…

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