May 24, 2020 The Lord’s Ascension Sunday Dear Parents and Guardians Peace and Goodwill. As we prepare for the opening of the new school year, we must at the same time pursue alternative modes of education in the “new normal” brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. In view of the unprecedented challenges of both students and teaching staff to attend classes onsite, the OFM Schools will soon launch a blended approach to learning with the help of technology. This is a broad initiative and the details are still very fluid. We ask for your patience and understanding as we iron [...]
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Dear Brothers and Sisters, The month of May is approaching, a time when the People of God express with particular intensity their love and devotion for the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view. For this reason, I want to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty of praying the Rosary at home in the month of May. This can be done either as a group or [...]
The OFM Franciscans arrived in Manila on July 2, 1577. Upon their arrival, the first fifteen friars were temporarily housed in the Augustinian convent in Intramuros. Then they finally moved to their own residence on August 1 of the same year. The next day they blessed their new church and placed it under the protection of Our Lady of the Angels. After a few months, they set off for the evangelization of the archipelago. In Manila, they founded Santa Ana de Sapa, Paco, Pandacan, Sampaloc and San Francisco del Monte. With the arrival of more friars, the Province of St. Gregory the Great was finally erected on November 15, 1586. [...]
Blessed Thomas, Henry, Arthur, John and Charles, martyrs in England and Wales, priest, I Order | pray for us | May 4th During the persecutions of King Henry VIII and his successors in England in the course of the 16th and 17th centuries, many Catholics were martyred. Among them were these Franciscan priests. Thomas Bullaker (in religion John Baptist) studied at Valladolid in Spain. He was ordained in 1628 and returned to England where he worked as a priest, often secretly. He was guardian of Oxford and provincial secretary. He was betrayed in 1642 and dragged through the streets [...]