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Upcoming MFVA Vocations Retreats

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015

Ever wondered what it would be like to serve at the largest Catholic media outlet in the world, as a Franciscan Brother or a Priest?

If you are discerning a vocation to the consecrated life, here is your chance to discover the life of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word. Our Come and See Discernment Retreats will take place June 5-7 & July 3-5.

If you are interested in attending either of these and are between the ages of 18 – 35, please fill out the inquiry form on our website:

Please tell any family members, friends, or fellow parishioners that may be interested! Please print out or share online the attached flyer.


Friars Bless a New Altar for their Chapel

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

IRONDALE, Ala. — Our Friar Priests are offering Mass on a new altar, a replica of one near the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi.

On the vigil of the Solemnity of Saint Joseph, the friars blessed a new altar built for their friary chapel. To remind them of their roots during times of prayer, it was inspired by the altar above the body of Saint Francis in Assisi, Italy.

Francis was a great lover of Christ Crucified and marveled at the humility of God who would come to us each day in the most holy Body and Blood of the Lord. He wanted great care to be taken in all things pertaining to the Eucharist, to the altar and the books that contain the powerful words of the Lord.

We pray that this altar dedicated to God would be a source of grace for so many people throughout the world.

The friars have used different altars in their chapel over the years, but this was made specifically for this sacred place. Father Paschal drew up the plans based on the basilica altar and worked closely with Birmingham artisans to craft this beautiful testament to faith. Bobby Michelson of Ramwood Furniture and Brian Maloy of Fusoform put all their talents into play.

Soon there will also be lamps made by Robert Taylor, a local coppersmith. It has been a pleasure working with these men.

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Providing a Franciscan Presence at Mount St. Mary’s University

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

Fr. Patrick and Br. Tarcisius provide a Franciscan presence at Mount St. Mary’s University.  Since the start of the academic year Fr. Patrick has assisted with campus ministry by offering Masses, and providing the Sacrament of Penance and Spiritual Direction.  Brother is currently completing a degree in Philosophy.  Several students, faculty and staff members enjoy his lively demeanor and humor.




Fr. Joseph gives talk Fort Thomas, Kentucky Parish

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Fr. Joseph gave a talk at St Catherine of Siena ‪‎Catholic‬ church in Fort Thomas, ‪‎Kentucky‬ this past Sunday, March 15th at 7pm. 400-500 attended.

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Fr. Leonard Speaks at Canadian Homeschool Conference

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

EDMONTON, Alberta – Fr. Leonard spoke at the Western Canadian Catholic Home School Conference in Edmonton. During the three day conference he also offered Masses and assisted with confessions. While in Edmonton, Fr. Leonard also had the opportunity to visit the local Edmonton Fire Station. The Catholic Canadian community and the firefighters extended their warm hospitality.


Friars Attend Birmingham Family Vocations Day

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, AL – On March, 7th, Fr. Paschal, Br. Leo, Br. John Therese, and our postulant, Clark, attended Family Vocations day at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church. Religious from the Diocese of Birmingham gave presentations and talks to kids of all ages. Br. Leo explained the faith to young children while Fr. Paschal talked to the young men about discernment. The vocations director of the Diocese of Birmingham Fr. Rick Chenault gave a wonderful homily while our very own Most Rev. Bishop Baker celebrated the Holy Mass. The days events even included some fun and games as Fr. Paschal and Br. John Therese competed in a religious competition that involved catching tortillas on their head.



Life on the Rock travels to Arizona for Annual Nun Run

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

TEMPE, AZ – On March 7th, the crew of Life on the Rock flew out to Kiwanis Park in Tempe, Arizona to cover the 6th Annual Nun Run. The Nun Run is a fundraiser where families, students and parishes compete in running events such as a 10km, 5km, 1 mile walk to help the sisters build a new cloistered monastery. Fr. Mark and Doug Barry, hosts of Life on the Rock, interviewed St. John Mark Marie P.C.P.A.


MFVA Convocation on Spiritual Warfare

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

IRONDALE, AL – On March 3rd, the Friars held a convocation day with Fr. Chad Ripperger Ph.D. who is a member of the priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). Fr. Ripperger is a Theologian, Thomistic Psychologist, Philosopher, and Author. He has served as professor of Dogmatic and Moral Theology and Philosophy at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska. Fr. Ripperger

is also a trained exorcist priest. The theme of the convocation was spiritual warfare. The friars learned the details about how demonic possessions take place and how they are depicted in the mainstream media. Fr. Chad is well experienced having worked on over 150 cases and pointed out the signs of a true demonic possession. He asked for prayers for his ministry.


EWTN Lenten Employee Retreat

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

HANCEVILLE, AL – On March 20th, EWTN held its Lenten retreat for its employees at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The retreat was lead by His Excellency Bishop Edward Rice of the Archdiocese of St. Louis. During the retreat the employees had time to reflect and pray, go to confession and attend Mass with Auxiliary Bishop Rice.

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Fr. Mark & Br. John Walk for Life in San Francisco

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

San Francisco – “We are the Pro – Life Generation!!!” could be heard down Market Street as over 50,000 people from different backgrounds came together to stand up for life. On Saturday, January 24th, the 11th West Coast Walk for Life was kicked off as the largest Pro – life gathering and event in the Western United States. The event began with a rally and pro-life speakers such as Julia Holcomb, Jim and Joy Pinto, Rev. Clenard Childress Jr. and Rebekah Buell. Most Rev. Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, and Oakland’s Bishop, Most. Rev. Michael Barber, also made an appearance.

The walk began at the Civic Center followed by a 1.8 mile walk down Market Street to Justin Herman Plaza. Prayers, Rosaries, praise and worship songs could be heard all around as the pro-lifer’s peacefully protested against Abortion and the war waged against women. “There is a war on women, but we are not declaring a war, we have come to set women free!!!” said the pro-life speaker Joy Pinto at the rally.

The mission of the west coast walk for life is to change the minds and hearts of a culture and society that thinks abortion is the answer. Abortion does both violence and harm to woman, child and men both physically and emotionally. The goal of the walk is to respect all life no matter how small and unwanted and all of humanity from conception to a natural death. Fr. Mark Mary and Doug Barry hosts of the EWTN show Life on the Rock lead interviews during the Walk for Life giving an inside perspective of the walk itself.  Life, energy and a excitement was all around to celebrate and glorify the great dignity and precious gift of life in San Francisco.

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