MFVA Profiles - Priests

Rev. Fr. Patrick Mary

Status – Priest

Title – Community Vocations Director; Council

Bio – Rev. Fr. Patrick Mary, MFVA was born in Cocoa Beach, Florida, but lived in various places growing up due to his father’s career in the Army. Before entering the Community, he was a student at the University of Miami. He entered the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word in October 2002 and professed final vows on August 14, 2008.  Br. Patrick was ordained to the diaconate on May 21, 2011 and completed his theological studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary on May 4, 2012 earning a Masters in Divinity and Masters of Arts in Systematic Theology.  Fr. Patrick was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 2012 and serves full time at the Shrine of the Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville, Alabama ministering to the spiritual and pastoral needs of the Poor Clare Sisters and the many pilgrim visitors while continuing his service as the Vocation Director.

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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