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  • Video of Solemn Vow Ceremony

    Video of Solemn Vow Ceremony

    Click on the above image to watch a small portion (2-1/2 minutes) of the Solemn Vow Ceremony of Joseph Martin at Our Lady of Guadalupe Chruch in Hermosa Beach, CA. Listen to the Homily at: https://youtu.be/TG0-d1HZv-c  CONGRATULATIONS TO FRIAR JOSEPH MARTIN, Read More ...Read More »
  • Friar Roberson Catholic Charities “Volunteer of the Year”!

    Friar Roberson Catholic Charities “Volunteer of the Year”!

    Congratulations to Friar Roberson Maria Lubin from the Saint Joseph of Cupertiono Province of the Conventual Franciscans who was recently honored by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of San Antonio as St. Peter and Paul’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year!  Read More ...Read More »
  • Ordination of Priests and Deacons in Vietnam!

    Ordination of Priests and Deacons in Vietnam!

    On August 25, the Most Reverend Giuse Nguyễn Tấn Tước, Bishop of the Phú Cường Diocese, presided over a Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood and the Deaconate. Friars Peter Vũ Bình Quốc and Paul Rafael Lê Đức Chánh to Read More ...Read More »
  • Profession of Vows Aug 22, 2017 in Vietnam!

    Profession of Vows Aug 22, 2017 in Vietnam!

    On Tuesday, August 22nd, Br. Dominic NGUYỄN VĂN TIẾN, Friar Joseph TRẦN VĂN CƯƠNG and Friar Micheal NGUYỄN KHẢI HOÀNG (shown above) made Solemn Profession of Vows as Conventual Franciscan Friars Minor, and Friars Jerom VŨ THÁI HỌC, John Baptist TRẦN VĂN HƯỚNG, Joseph LÊ PHẠM VIẾT HOÀNG, Read More ...Read More »
  • Profession of Vows Conventual Franciscans Aug 2nd, 2017 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hermosa Beach, CA

    Profession of Vows Conventual Franciscans Aug 2nd, 2017 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Hermosa Beach, CA

    Come to the Solemn Profession of Vows for Friar Joseph Martin Gia Hoang, on August 2, 7PM,  in Hermosa Beach, CA (Near Los Angeles)! At the same ceremony, Chris Garcia and Angel Garcia will be making their first profession of Read More ...Read More »
  • Twelve Men Receive the Franciscan Habit

    Twelve Men Receive the Franciscan Habit

    Welcome to our 12 Newest Conventual Francsicans!  On July 19, 2017 in our chapel at St. Francis Friary in Arroyo Grande, CA, our current 6 Novices were sent back to their respective provinces, and our 12 postulants, after completing their Read More ...Read More »
  • Ten Men begin their Franciscan Formation!

    Ten Men begin their Franciscan Formation!

    Eight men from the United States, one from Canada, and on friar returning for a second year of postulancy make up this year’s class of Postulants at our friary in Chicago, IL. They will live this year in community being Read More ...Read More »
  • Welcome to our Two New Postulants!

    Welcome to our Two New Postulants!

    Welcome Mr. Wayne Mulei and Mr. James O’Donvon to our St. Joseph of Cupertino Province!  Wayne and James were welcomed to our province at our annual Community Week celebration on June 29, 2017 on the Feast of Saints Peter and Read More ...Read More »
  • Friars John Farao and Alfonso Borgen OFM Conv., Celebrate 30 and 25 Years of Solemn Vows!

    Friars John Farao and Alfonso Borgen OFM Conv., Celebrate 30 and 25 Years of Solemn Vows!

    Friars John Farao OFM Conv., and Alfonso Borgen OFM Conv., renewed their vows during a Mass at our annual Community Week at St. Joseph of Cupertino Friary in Castro Valley, CA.  Friar John is celebrating 30 years of solemn profession Read More ...Read More »
  • Upcoming Profession of Vows in Hermosa Beach, CA

    Upcoming Profession of Vows in Hermosa Beach, CA

    With Great Joy for God's Church we are Blessed to Announce the Profession of Vows for our Friars in the St. Joseph of Cupertino Province:   Professing Solemn Vows: Friar Jospeh Martin Gia Hoang OFM Conv.     Making First Read More ...Read More »
  • Upcoming Ordinations and Professions in Vietnam

    Upcoming Ordinations and Professions in Vietnam

    Announcing the candidates and dates for the upcoming ordinations to the diaconate and the priesthood in our Franciscan Vietnam Mission! Ordination to the Sacred Order of Deacons Cadidates:  Fra Joseph Pio Trần Văn Dương Fra Joseph Maria Trần Văn Long Read More ...Read More »
  • 100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima – Plenary Indulgence

    100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima – Plenary Indulgence

    This is the Statue of Our Lady surrounded by Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco Marto, in our Conventual Franciscan Parish, St. Paul the Apostle in Pismo Beach, CA. I was blessed to visit and hear Fr. Allen Ramirez OFM Conv. preach Read More ...Read More »
  • Congratulations Friar Graduates!

    Congratulations Friar Graduates!

    Most of our Friars receive advanced degrees in Theology to either minister as a Priest or a Brother. But many of our friars are still receiving their undergraduate degrees!  Congratulations to both Friar Joseph Cupertino Nhuong (pictured on the left) Read More ...Read More »
  • Your Are Invited to our Upcoming Friend-Raiser!

    Your Are Invited to our Upcoming Friend-Raiser!

    You are invited to share an evening with us, get to know some of our Friars, and re-connect to some you may already know! Please consider this opportunity to join us, at our Friary in the Central Coast of California. Read More ...Read More »
  • Friars at the “Walk for Life” in San Francisco

    Friars at the “Walk for Life” in San Francisco

    The Friars gather at the rally before the “Walk for Life” in San Francisco, Jan 21, 2017 and listen to several talks, including Tim Tebow’s Mother, Pam. Pam shared that the pregnancy with Tim was a “problem pregnancy”. The family Read More ...Read More »
  • Friars on Retreat!

    Friars on Retreat!

    The friars began the new year, reconnecting with each other, and praying together while on retreat at St. Francis Retreat Center in San Juan Bautista, CA on the week of Jan 2 – 6, 2017.  The time of year allowed Read More ...Read More »
  • Our first two priests ordained in Vietnam

    Our first two priests ordained in Vietnam

    After ten years of work by the Friars of the Our Lady Help of Christians Delegation in Australia, and the Friars of the St. Joseph of Cupertino Province of California, and many Friars worldwide, the Delegation of Vietnam reached a milestone in their progress.  Read More ...Read More »
  • Investiture of Our Vietnamese Novices

    Investiture of Our Vietnamese Novices

    On August 9, 2016, four of our postulants were invested in the habit of probation as novices. This ceremony took place at the Order’s international novitiate in Tagatay, Philippines. The international novitiate services several of the Order’s missions in Asia. Read More ...Read More »
  • Our Newly Professed Friars

    Our Newly Professed Friars

    On Thursday, July 21, 2016, seven novices professed their Simple or First Vows into the hands of their respective Provincials during the Mass of Religious Profession in St. Paul the Apostle Church, Pismo Beach, CA. The newly professed represent the Read More ...Read More »
  • Our New Novices

    Our New Novices

    On Wednesday, July 20, 2016, seven young men representing the Provinces of Our Lady of Consolation, St. Joseph of Cupertino, and Our Lady of the Angels were invested with the habit of probation beginning their canonical year of Novitiate. This Read More ...Read More »
  • Friars set to Celebrate First Profession and Investiture in July!

    Friars set to Celebrate First Profession and Investiture in July!

    The Conventual Franciscans of NORTH AMERICA are pleased to be celebrating our First Profession of Vows, and Investiture, for all the 4 provinces of the United States, including friars from Canada and Australia, this coming July 20 and 21st, 2016!  The Read More ...Read More »
  • Br. Bob Ouellette, OFM Conv. R.I.P.

    Br. Bob Ouellette, OFM Conv. R.I.P.

    Brother Bob spent his early days in the Conventual Franciscan community working in the print/media ministry. He taught English and Religion at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, CA from 1975 to 1988. Bob moved to San Pablo, CA, and Read More ...Read More »
  • First Profession of Vows for Friar Francis Bao Nguyen!

    First Profession of Vows for Friar Francis Bao Nguyen!

    Friar Francis Bao Nguyen professed his First Vows into the hands of our Minister, Fr. John Heinz, on January 13, 2016. The ceremony took place in our parish of St. Paul in Pismo Beach. Many friars, both Conventual and Capuchin, Read More ...Read More »