Franciscan Vocations OLG Province

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BRIEF HISTORY The Franciscan presence in the Southwest is part of a huge worldwide family. Our history here in the Southwest has two important figures that have imprinted on our hearts the missionary spirit of service; Fr. Marcos de Niza OFM who came in 1539 and Anselm Weber OFM who came from the Midwest in 1898 who pushed the expansion of the Franciscans missions throughout New Mexico and Arizona territory Wars, turmoil and political changes from the 16th/19th century affected the Franciscan destiny in New Mexico and Arizona. In 1848, after three hundred and nine years Fr, Marcos de Niza saw for first time the land of the Enchantment the last Franciscan missionary died and with him ended the first era of Franciscan missions in New Mexico. The rebirth of the Franciscan presence in the Southwest came through the determination of St. Catherine Drexel S.B.C. who had a profound love for Native Americans people. She invited the Franciscans of the Cincinnati Province to embrace the task of spreading the Gospel among the poor Navajos of the Southwest. Through her perseverance the first three friars came to the Navajo Reservation from Cincinnati, Ohio in early December 1898. They were Juvenal Schnorbus, Anselm Weber and Placid Buerger. In the following years many more friars came to the Southwest from the Cincinnati Province. Another benchmark was the ordination in 1936 of the first native New Mexican Franciscan priest Fr. Angelico Chavez. Following many years of ongoing dialogue and prayerful discernment, permission was granted from Rome in 1984 for the establishment of a new province of Franciscans in the Southwest. The new province, placed under the protection and guidance of Our Lady of Guadalupe was officially established at the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico on January 5, 1985 amid much rejoicing and celebration. The Mission Statement of OLG Province states in part: “We are sent by God to bring the Gospel message to the Southwest in a very unique way because of the diversity of cultures and lifestyles (Navajo, Pueblo, Hispanic and Anglo) and to establish a Franciscan presence rooted in these cultures.” Over the Past one hundred and ten years the Franciscan presence in the Southwestern United States has continue to grow and prosper. In the fall of 2000 the first three young friars came to OLG Province from Mexico. By the year 2003 over twenty more students from Mexico were in various stages of formation in the province. Other men have joined us from Texas, Arizona and New Mexico. Just as Fray Marcos de Niza looked out the Zuni Pueblo and thought it was a “city of Gold,” without realizing what he really saw was a golden opportunity to spread the Gospel in this portion of the Lord’s vineyard. Today the friars of OLG Province continue to pursue that golden opportunity, hoping that more young people will join us in our in our celebration of the Franciscan way of Life, following St. Francis and Clare in embracing the evangelical counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience so that a new generation of cultures in the Southwest may come to love, admire and imitate the timeless Franciscan tradition.

Mission: We, the Franciscan Friars of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, are a Roman Catholic religious community called and committed to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In the prophetic spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi we work with others to promote justice, peace, care of creation, and reconciliation in our times. Through our ministries, we strive to serve others —especially the poor and marginalized—in a spirit of prayer and Gospel joy.

We are grateful for all you do to promote vocations to the Franciscan way of life.

Happy Birthday (11/12) to our OLG Vocation Director, Fr. Erasmo. Feliz Cumpleaños a nuestro promotor de vocaciones, p. Erasmo.

Southwest Franciscans

Please pray for those who may be discerning a vocation with the Southwest Franciscans. If you would like to learn more or talk to our Vocation Director, Fr. Erasmo, visit

The quote below is the petition the novices made this past week to receive the habit at the investiture ceremony.

Yesterday OLG Franciscans celebrated the jubilees of four friars: Fr. Gino and Bro. Duane celebrated 50 years of Religious life, Fr. Lalo celebrated 25 years of Religious life, and Fr. Pio celebrated 25 years of Priestly life. Congratulations to these wonderful and dedicated friars.

The Franciscans (OFM)

The Vocation Director for the Southwest U.S. Franciscans is Fr. Erasmo Romero. His email is [email protected].

A short video presentation about who we are, our brotherhood and our ministry as Franciscans.

Frs. Charlie (l), Jorge (c), and Lalo (r) celebrating the installation of the new bishop of Las Cruces.

Recently the US-6 vocation directors were asked “What do you find most rewarding about your work?” Here’s how Fr. Erasmo from OLG responded:

The most rewarding aspect is the faith that I see in the men who express an interest in Franciscan life. They are always on fire with idealism, both for living as St. Francis lived and for following Christ. It does not always work out that they discern to enter Franciscan formation, but it is rewarding that their faith will express itself in some way for the good of the Church.

Movie celebrates meeting of St. Francis and Sultan. - Franciscan Friars Eight hundred years ago, Francis of Assisi crossed the battlefields to share the Christian faith with Muslim leader, al-Malik al-Kamil, in Damietta, Egypt. In celebration of this event, we invite you to view the film, The Sultan and the Saint, at locations around Cincinnati and Detroit.

Special Blessings on all of our brothers today.

Celebrating Religious Brothers Day today, May 1st.

Fr. Larry Hayes and Fr. Erasmo Romero listening to a presentation being given by Dr. Maureen K. Day to the Franciscans involved in the formation of our students . The meeting is taking place in Colorado Springs this week.

Spring has come to our Casa Guadalupe Curia in Albuquerque.

Br. Noe Alfaro happily serving at our annual Appreciation Dinner last night in Albuquerque.

Southwest Franciscans

Last night several friars, friends, and family members of our brother Miguel Alcantar joined him as he presented his Senior Recital at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. It was a two part recital, vocal and organ. In the comment section below, I have listed the voice and organ selections. Bro. Miguel graduates in December. Congratulations to our Brother Miguel.

Several Friars attended today's Papal Audience at the Vatican. We were one of many, many groups recognized.

It is always a treat when Friars get together. In this picture we are celebrating Eucharistic Day with the Poor Clares in Roswell, NM on Thursday, October 18.

Fr. Erasmo made a new goat friend recently when he interviewed a potential candidate for the Franciscans in Washington State. This is timely as the Feast of St. Francis approaches (on Oct. 4) and many Franciscan parishes will have the blessing of pets.

The Friars and Clergy from the east side of the Diocese of Las Cruces NM celebrated a Farewell Mass last evening (9/14) with Bishop Oscar Cantu as he prepares to assume his new assignment in the Diocese of San Jose. Fr. Charlie and Fr. Lalo posed with Bishop before the Mass.

Several months ago Father Erasmo, our Vocation Director, visited the September 11 Memorial in New York City. These are pictures he took. Today the OLG Friars are thinking and praying for the victims of that unimaginable tragedy.

Congratulations to Jesus Osornio who will be entering the Interprovincial Postulancy program in Silver Springs, Maryland next week. Blessings and best of luck to Jesus.

This is a picture of the participants at last week's Franciscan Congress in New York. Attending from Our Lady of Guadalupe Province were Fr. Jack, Fr. Charlie and Fr. Erasmo.

Fr. Erasmo thinking deep thoughts during one of our Continental Congress talks.

Southwest Franciscans

We are halfway through our week long Continental Congress for Franciscan Formation in Wappingers Falls NY. Friars Jack Clark Robinson, Fr. Charlie Martinez and Fr. Erasmo Romero are attending from OLG.

Congratulations to our Vocation Director Fr. Erasmo on becoming a U.S. Citizen this week. Felicidades al Padre Erasmo por obtener la ciudadanía estadounidense esta semana.

Are you in need of prayer? Request a prayer from the Franciscans at Click the "request a prayer" tab on the top. Your prayer request goes to all of our Franciscan Friaries early in the morning so that we can take your prayer request to Eucharist.

This is a picture of the Friars of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province taken last week at our extraordinary chapter in Albuquerque.

Father Erasmo (our Vocation Director) on the left and Brother Noe Alfaro (r) relaxing during a break from our meetings this week.

[05/17/18]   Upcoming Extraordinary Franciscan Chapter

The Franciscan Friars of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province will gather later this month for an Extraordinary Chapter to vote on whether or not the OLG Friars will join with five other U.S. provinces to form one new province. We will meet from May 29 to May 31 in Albuquerque. This is process has been named revitalizing and restructuring of our Franciscan life. On Wednesday, May 30, the friars of all five U.S. Franciscan provinces – at different locations but simultaneously – will vote on whether or not to unify. The results of the vote will be announced live on May 30 to the friars of the six participating provinces. Afterward, the outcome will be shared with the public.

The renewal and revitalization process has been talked about for a number of years but seriously got underway about six years ago. Friars have attended meetings and read reports that have provided background on various aspects of fraternal and ministerial life in this country. Those documents will inform the voting process.

This process is not new in the Franciscan world. For example, Spain and Germany have already restructured. This fall, the two provinces in Canada will be holding a Chapter of Union to launch a new Canadian province.

Proud of our Brother Andres Hernandez (holding diploma and posing with his brother Fr. Jorge) who graduated from Oblate School of Theology yesterday.

World Day of Prayer for Vocations 2018

This is a brief but very nice video on this weekend's World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Pope Francis has asked the entire Church—1.2 billion Catholics—to earnestly pray for vocations on April 22, 2018 (Good Shepherd Sunday, the 4th Sunday…

2018 World Day of Prayer for Vocations. This weekend the Church throughout the world prays for vocations to the priesthood and the religious life. Might the Lord be calling you to be a Franciscan Friar? If you are interested and between the ages 18 and 30, drop our Vocation Director a note at [email protected].

Southwest Franciscans

On April 17, 2018, brother Miguel Alcantar, OFM renewed his vows at San Miguel Friary Chapel in San Antonio, TX. Brother Efren Quintero, OFM was the delegate who received his vows. Let us pray for brother Miguel as he continue his formation in San Antonio, TX.

(Left to right) Fr. Lalo, Fr. Charlie, Fr. Paul, Fr. Jorge as we prepare to celebrate Confirmations at St. Peter Parish in Roswell today (4/14/18).

On Tuesday of this week about fifteen friars traveled to Alamogordo, NM to be with the family of one of our friars, Bro. Michael, whose mother passed away. After the Funeral Mass the entire congregation got together for a delightful meal.

Meet our Candidate, Juan Pablo Vergara (left), accompanied by Fr. Jorge (center), and prospective candidate Ruben Dario (right). They were together at the blessing of one of our chapels in Roswell, NM this week.

World Day for Consecrated Life is February 2. Blessings on our Friars and all religious order priests, brothers, and sisters as we celebrate this special day this year.

[01/28/18]   News from OLG Province

There will be a meeting of those who minister as Pastors in OLG Province on Tuesday, February 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at our Lakeview property in Albuquerque.

The next set of Regional Meetings is scheduled for Monday March 12 in St. Michaels, AZ and Tuesday March 13 at Lakeview in Albuquerque, NM. Both meetings begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.

An Interprovincial Retreat hosted by Assumption Province will take place from March 12-15 in Burlington, WI. The presenter will be Michael Blastic, OFM, speaking about St. Francis and the logic of the Gospel: Relinquishment, Fraternal Life, and Mission.

Congratulations to Friar Edgardo Diaz who was Ordained a Priest yesterday December 8 at Holy Family Church in Albuquerque by Archbishop John Wester.

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