St. Irenaeus Fraternity Emerges

Today at Mass at Mt. Irenaeus we emerged to full canonical status as a fraternity in the Secular Franciscan Order. Holy Peace Chapel was filled to overflowing with Secular Franciscans from a number of fraternities in Western and Central New York State. Emotions were at flood tide as we remembered those who had helped us initiate, trudge and complete this journey to full canonical status. This is not a destination but merely a step on our journey as Franciscans. Nonetheless, there was a lot of rejoicing for those present. Our spiritual assistant, Fr. Lou McCormick, OFM was the celebrant and homilist today. Bill Heinz, Secular Franciscan Minister of Kateri Tekawitha Region was on hand to complete the process. He read a proclamation at Mass following a special ceremony witnessed by all present that established us as the St. Irenaeus Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order. Following Mass we had brunch with an incredible array of food brought by Franciscans and our guests from all over our area.

In the photo you can see our group along with the Friar community of Holy Peace Friary at Mt. Irenaeus. We all wore a white carnation on our lapels in honor of Jeanne Stopha, SFO who has gone to live permanently with the Lord and who was an original member of the fraternity. Peace.

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