Friday, October 2, 2015

Remembering Father Benedict One Year Later

For Franciscans October 3rd is a day of death. Every year we gather on this anniversary to remember the passing of Saint Francis. That Father Benedict would pass on this day was surely a sign.

For me it is also the anniversary of my mom’s passing. As she lay dying of cancer at 47 years of age, she shared with me that she was offering her suffering for my vocation. I had only been a friar for two years at the time. That my mom would pass on this day was surely a sign.

Like a concerned grandfather, Fr. Benedict kindly reached out to me in my grief. I will never forget his tenderness and concern. He took me under his wing for a while as I was recruited to be his “driver.” So many others could tell a similar story. As I shared in the adventures of life with Father Benedict he shared in my sorrow and guided me towards hope.

When I had my own scare with cancer Father Benedict was there for me again. Although he possessed a towering intellect, he could speak directly from the heart. His presence and prayers were a huge consolation. He could always use humor to lighten the burden. My fear broke and I burst into laughter when he told me (in that famous Jersey City accent), “There’s nothing that helps you focus like a loaded gun pointed at your head! Pray for the rest of us who don’t realize we are dying.” It was exactly what I needed to hear.

Father Benedict we miss you, thank you and pray for us.

- Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
Yonkers, NY

Father Benedict serving at our South Bronx Homeless Shelter

At the March for Life

Father's food and gift give out during Thanksgiving
Father was a friend and adviser to Mother Teresa
Father touched millions through his popular EWTN shows

Thursday, October 1, 2015


“O Lord, do not your eyes look for truth” Jeremiah 5:3

Truth, not an opinion poll, a fad, a trend, or political correctness, is what God looks for in us. Hence, truth must become the motivation for our entire life.

So often we compromise truth for 3 C’s; comfort, convenience and consolation. There is of course nothing intrinsically wrong with any of these C’s. The problem occurs when we absolutize them and make them the ends for which we strive desperately to reach in our lives.

The comfort we experience in our homes, the cars we drive or the clothes we wear cannot be the end and goal of our lives. The convenience of technology can make communication and other aspects of life quicker and easier, all of which avails us with more time to seek the truth. The consolation of friends, promotions, and parties will always leave a soul hungry and ironically more alone if we merely stop there.

The hope that we place in all of these things is really the desire for Christ himself, who is, “the way, the truth and the life” (Jn 14:6). If I pursue anything in life, relationships, career, vacation, etc. without this desire for truth, my life becomes dominated by superficial concerns and attitudes, all of which are here today and gone tomorrow. The truth, by contrast, never fades away and when our lives are motivated by the truth we stand on a firm foundation in a world that is ever changing.

Fr. Jeremiah Myriam Shryock, CFR
Saint Joseph Friary Harlem, NY
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Monday, September 28, 2015

Pope Francis

What a blessed visit we had from our Holy Father Pope Francis! It is worth mentioning that the political categories that many Americans use to frame a consideration just don't fit when it comes to Jesus, the Christian faith or the message of Pope Francis. Let's leave behind the commentators and sit with the actual texts of what the Pope said. Very beautiful indeed! It is as if Saint Peter is still fulfilling the mandate he received from Jesus, "Strengthen the brethren" (Luke 22:32).

Find the texts here

Deacon Br. Antonio served the Pope during Vespers at St. Patrick's Cathedral

Mother Lucille was able to personally meet the Holy Father

Many of our priests heard confessions before the Mass at Madison Square Garden

The Pope's words about the difficulties of living in a big city resonated

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Bronx Press Conference

http://youtu.be/i84WZbgHjLE for the video of the press conference where NYC Mayor de Blasio and Cardinal Dolan announced a new partnership to serve the poor. Seen at our Saint Anthony Homeless Shelter in the Bronx, Fr. Herald was able to witness to the Catholic approach to serving the poor by calling to mind the example of Saint Francis.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Our Lady of Sorrows


Jesus with His mother by Michael O'Brien

Mary at the cross,
New Eve with the New Adam,
compassion with His passion.
Now our suffering has meaning
when united with Jesus.

Monday, September 14, 2015

HolyHaiku Exaltation of the Holy Cross

From Stone's rejection,
via Calvary's altar,
His temple rises.

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Upcoming NYC Area Events!

Click here to see our upcoming events as we prepare to welcome Our Holy Father Pope Francis to NYC and America!


Thursday, August 27, 2015

HolyHaiku Saint Monica & Saint Augustine

When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world.” (Jn 16:21)           

“Nicodemus said to him, ‘How can a person once grown old be born again? Surely he cannot reenter his mother’s womb and be born again, can he?’ Jesus answered, ‘Amen, amen, I say to you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.’” (Jn 3:4-5)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Investiture of the CFR Sister Novices


Click the above link to see some pictures from the recent Investiture Ceremony.
(l-r) Sr. Kolbe Marie of Jesus our Hope,
Sr. Gianna Marie of the Holy Face,
Sr. Philomena Luke of the Mother of God,
Sr. Mae Therese of the Mother of God. 

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Beginning & end;
Immaculate Conception & Assumption;
God's grace freely cooperated with;
Totally beautiful mother, please pray for us!