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In Great Britain and Ireland, our friars of Our Lady of the Angels’ Custody of Blessed Agnellus of Pisa are known as the Greyfriars.
Our Order’s first presence there began when St. Francis of Assisi sent them to England in 1224. During the English Reformation, our friars loyal to the Holy Father were forced to flee and did not return until the early 20th Century.
Following a month-long Solemn Vow Program in Assisi, Friar Colin Mary EDWARDS (front left), Friar Joe FENTON (center) and Friar Paul Francis Becka (front right) professed their Solemn Vows in the Capuchin Church in Oxford on the 2nd of August 2017, the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels.
The vows were received by the Custos, Friar Peter Damian MESSENGILL (rear right), and among the many celebrating was Friar Miljenko HONTIĆ, the Assistant General for the Central European Federation.
On the Sunday just prior to the Solemn Vow celebration, 30th July 2017 in the Blackfriars Church in Oxford, Friar Gerard Mary TOMAN (front left) and Friar Benedict ABUGU (front right) were ordained to the Transitional Deaconate at the hands of The Right Rev. Malcom McMAHON, OP, Archbishop of Liverpool, along with three of their Dominican classmates.
Great Britain & Ireland:
A Summer of Growth
Looking ahead, our three Novices-to-be are already in Assisi working on their Italian. Joseph David FREEMAN (left), Osvaldo LOPEZ-FIGUEROA (center), and Kieran John MURPHY (right) – the third Murphy in our Custody – will be invested into the Novitiate at the Sacred Convent in Assisi on the 9th of September 2017. Their postulant director, Friar Daniel GEARY will be present for the investiture.
Entering our Postulantcy program in Oxford this September are: Kyle David BANKS, age 30 on 15 August, from Leeds, West Yorkshire Bram DE BACKER, age 30 on 15 May, from Zottegem, Belgium Peter Gerard FLYNN, age 28 on 27 June, from Galway, Ireland
We welcome this gift of brothers the Lord has given us!
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Friar Peter Damian MASSENGILL