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The Investiture of Br. James Francis

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

On August 2nd, the Solemnity of Our Lady of the Angels, our community held its annual ‪Profession‬ and ‪Investiture‬ ceremonies. Clark, our former postulant, now Br. James Francis of Mary, Our Tainted Nature’s Solitary Boast was invested with the ‪Franciscan‬ Habit and was received into the Novitiate. He will be under the direction of Fr. Miguel. Br. John Therese renewed his vows of ‪poverty‬, ‪chastity‬, and ‪obedience‬ for another year.

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Fr. Joseph Celebrates 25 Years of Religious Profession

Monday, July 20th, 2015

With praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God and in gratitude for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. Joseph Mary of the Eternal Father celebrated his Silver Jubilee of Religious Profession on Monday, July 20, 2015 at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Irondale, AL.

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Friars Serving as Chaplains for EWTN News Nightly Team

Friday, June 26th, 2015

WASHINGTON – Viewers of the Eternal Word Television Network are staying informed with up to date national and international news by watching EWTN News Nightly. The Network opened its news department in Washington, DC a few years ago. This news broadcast provides current and accurate news with a fresh Catholic perspective. The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word spiritually support this holy endeavor.

Last November Fr. Patrick Mary became the first friar priest to serve as chaplain at the Washington, DC studio. Br. Tarcisius Maria helped with preparing the chapel and sacristy for use. Mass, confessions and holy hours are now available to the employees three times a week. Chapel events are always well-attended. The Nightly News Staff appreaciates Fr. Patrick’s ministry to them. Fr. Paschal and Fr. Miguel are covering chaplain duties in DC during the summer while Fr. Patrick is in Irondale, Alabama.

The Friars are grateful to God for calling them to serve at EWTN. Their favorite part of service, is serving the Network’s wonderful employees who love God and are committed to preserving and advancing the mission of EWTN.





Blessing of St. Anthony Bread

Friday, June 12th, 2015

IRONDALE, Ala. — Since the Feast of Saint Anthony of Padua fell on a Saturday this year, the friars decided to have their traditional devotions and the Blessing of Saint Anthony’s Bread Friday morning, making it possible for EWTN employees to attend. The short ceremony took place in the EWTN Chapel early this morning which included the blessing of St. Anthony’s Bread and the Veneration of his relic.

Below is an explanation of the long standing tradition:

ST. ANTHONY BREAD is a term used for offerings made in thanksgiving to God for blessings received through the prayers of St. Anthony. In some places parents also make a gift for the poor after placing a newborn child under the protection of St. Anthony. It is a practice in some churches to bless small loaves of bread on the feast of St. Anthony and give them to those who want them.

Different legends or stories account for the donation of what is called St. Anthony Bread. By at least one account it goes back to 1263, when it is said a child drowned near the Basilica of St. Anthony which was still being built. His mother promised that if the child was restored to her she would give for the poor an amount of corn equal to the child’s weight. Her prayer and promise were rewarded with the boy’s return to life.

Another reason for the practice is traced back to Louise Bouffier, a shopkeeper in Toulon, France. A locksmith was prepared to break open her shop door after no key would open it. Bouffier asked the locksmith to try his keys one more time after she prayed and promised to give bread to the poor in honor of St. Anthony if the door would open without force. The door then opened. After others received favors through the intercession of St. Anthony, they joined Louise Bouffier in founding the charity of St. Anthony Bread.  

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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.