Rev. Br. John Paul Mary
Status – Deacon pastoral year
Bio - Rev. Br. John Paul Mary, MFVA was born and raised in New Freedom, Pennsylvania. While growing up he enjoyed skateboarding and rollerblading. After high school he worked full-time for a hardware store and devoted much time and attention to his fixing and modifying his show car. He went back to school in the late nineties and earned an associates degree in engineering from DeVry Institute of Technology in 2000. Feeling a call to the priesthood he became a seminarian for the Diocese of Harrisburg, PA shortly after his graduation. During his philosophical studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, he visited the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Following his graduation from Seminary, he entered the MFVA community in October 2004 and he professed final vows on August 14, 2010. Br. John Paul completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on May 4, 2012 and earning a Masters in Divinity. He was ordained a deacon on June 2, 2012 and is now overseeing the EWTN Pilgrimage Department, helping with various Community administrative duties, and assisting with the community website.
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...
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...