MFVA Profiles - Brothers

Br. James Mary

Status – Temporary Professed

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Interests – Football and drawing

As the only son of four children, Brother James was brought up with his three sisters in Long Island, New York.  While growing up he enjoyed drawing, working with his father, and playing high school football.  After High School he spent most of his time volunteering at soup kitchens and other charitable organizations.  In October 2011, he joined the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word.  He received the habit on August 2, 2012 and was given the name Br. James Mary of the Cross.  He will spend his novitiate at Ephesus House in Hanceville, Alabama.

Rule & Admonitions of St. Francis

Rule & Admonitions of St. Francis

I. THE BODY OF CHRIST

1. The Lord Jesus says to his disciples: I am the way, the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father except through me. 2. If you had known me, you would also have known my Father and from now on you will know him and have seen him. 3. Philip says to him: Lord, show us the Father and it is enough for us. Jesus says to him: 4. Have I been with you for so long a time and you have not known me? Philip, whoever sees me, sees also my Father (Jn. 14:6-9).

5. Sacred Scripture says that the Father lives in inaccessible light (cf. 1 Tim. 6:16), and God is Spirit (Jn. 4:24) and, No one has ever seen God (Jn. 1:18). 6. Therefore he cannot be seen except in the Spirit since it is the Spirit that gives life; the flesh does not offer anything (Jn. 6:64). 7. But neither, inasmuch as he is equal to the Father...

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MFVA Constitution

MFVA Constitution

The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word (MFVA) is a Public Clerical Association of the Faithful, located in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama. They were founded in 1987 by Mother Angelica, who also founded the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The primary residence of the Friars is in Irondale, Alabama and is next door to EWTN. They also have residences in Emmitsburg, Maryland, where their Seminarians attend Mount Saint Mary's Seminary, and in Hanceville, Alabama, near the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The Friars' apostolate is to communicate the Catholic faith by word and example. It involves using the media: television, radio and the Internet, as well as publishing and conducting retreats...

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