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Friars 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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Friars Attend Birmingham March for Life

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

The friars attended the annual Birmingham March for Life on January 17th at Brother Bryan Park to celebrate life as a precious gift from God. People from all walks of life joined together to praise God for the gift of life and to reestablish a community of love and service towards those who are in a pregnancy crisis. The month of January has been a historical month as our American civil laws legalized abortion. Since 1973 with the court decision of Roe vs. Wade, over 57 million abortions have occurred. “These our are brothers and sisters in Christ” as Jim and Joy Pinto reminded the crowd. Bishop Baker who as been an active participant in the Pro-life movement in Birmingham lead the walk with a prayer to end abortion. As hymns, prayers, and rosaries were all being prayed down the streets, God’s presence was in the midst of a peaceful and joyous union of Christians celebrating and supporting life.

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MFVA Community Rejuvenates at Their Annual Retreat

Monday, January 12th, 2015

After a busy year of service to God and man, the Friars began 2015 with resting, reflecting and recollecting in the Lord.  The Friars departed their residences on Sunday January 4, 2015, for the peaceful and prayerful atmosphere of St. Bernard’s Abbey in Cullman, Alabama.  This year’s retreat director was Fr. Robert McCreary, O.F.M., Capuchin.  He is a Franciscans Franciscan.  Father strongly and wonderfully possesses the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.   He provided our men with an authentic Franciscan Retreat.  His conferences were enlightening and encouraging.  The counsel he provided was fatherly and brotherly.  God worked powerfully and marvelously through Fr. McCreary.  All Friars were blessed and returned to their residences rested and refreshed in the Lord.




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Nursing Home Residents Enjoy Christmas Visit from Friars

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Residents of a local nursing home received some Christmas cheer from the Friars. Br. Tarcisius, Br. Gabriel and our Postulant Clark brought their Franciscan joy, humor, and chocolate to several elderly tenants and their families.


“Inside the Friary” Kitchen

Monday, January 12th, 2015

You have seen our priests and brothers on EWTN offering and serving Mass, and on TV series and live shows.  We are now preparing to give you a closer look at how we pray, work and recreate with our new web series, “Inside the Friary.”  Our pilot episode premiered on December 23, 2014.  In this first show, viewers ventured into inside the friary kitchen.  There Fr. Paschal Mary introduced our cook Mr. Paul Pallotto, SFO.  Paul showed us how to bake St. Francis’ favorite almond cookies.  View “Inside the Friary” and other MFVA Media productions at the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word YouTube page.

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EWTN Employees and Friars Celebrate Christmas

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Christmas Celebrations begin early at the Eternal Word Television Network.  Every year the Friars celebrate Christmas with EWTN Employees at their annual Christmas luncheon.

At the event, a delicious meal is served, awards are given, door prizes are handed out and messages of gratitude are spoken. Fr. John Paul opened the festivities with a blessing over the food and gifts.  As the meal concluded, Michael Warsaw, CEO of EWTN and Fr. Joseph gave awards to employees who celebrated employment anniversaries.

Several employees took home door prizes provided by EWTN’s vendors and contractors.  Fr. Anthony was present to pick the winners names from a bowl.  Afterward Warsaw expressed his appreciation to the employees for their dedication and service to the Network.  Fr. Leonard closed the luncheon with a brief exhortation and blessing.






Fr. John Paul Serves as Chaplain for Mother Daughter Retreat

Monday, January 12th, 2015

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist hosted a Mother Daughter Retreat December 4 -6, 2014.  Fr. John Paul offered Masses, led Holy Hours and was available throughout the weekend for confessions and spiritual counsel.  The retreat strengthened mother daughter relationships.  It was also a joyous event for Fr. John Paul as watched God bring comfort and healing.


EWTN Employee Advent Retreat

Monday, January 12th, 2015

Employees of the Eternal Word Television Network gathered at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama for their annual retreat Friday December 4, 2014.  Fr. Mark Spruill, a priest of the Diocese of Birmingham, AL. served as the retreat director.  Our Fr. Leonard and the EWTN Theology Department coordinated the event.  Fr. Joseph and Fr. Miguel were also present for confessions.




The Faith Playbook

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

The faith playbook is an aid to help us grow in our Catholic faith using football as our guide. The series is a way to help us understand why we practice certain virtues and disciplines in the first place using the same virtues and disciplines that relate to football.

Fr. John Paul Gives Recollection & Blessing to Birmingham Pregnancy Center

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Birmingham, AL – Father John Paul gave a Recollection to the staff and volunteers at Her Choice Birmingham Woman’s Center.  It is a Pro-Life Pregnancy resource center than provides counseling, ultrasound testing, post-abortive healing counseling and many other services.  They are on the front lines of the Pro-Life movement right in the city of Birmingham.  The pictures are of Father John Paul going around the Her Choice center and doing a Eucharistic blessing.  It was powerful to bring the Lord’s Real Presence in the midst of a place that is ushering in a culture of Life and Love!

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