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July 2017 Appeal for the Province

“Learn little by little.” 

A life of service, love, and holy reverence for the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Church, the people of God, Bishop Henry Howaniec, OFM, his words of wisdom for young people, for all people “learn little by little.”

In the beginning, Franciscan Friar, Fr. Henry, served as a hospital chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI; before he assumed a position in Rome, Italy to serve as the Director of Protocol for the Order of Friars Minor. Director of Protocol serves as liaison, a link between the Vatican and the Order of Friars Minor. Bishop Henry faithfully served in this ministry for twenty-four years.

One of the many gifts God has blessed Bishop Henry with, is the gift of language. The Russian language is just one of the several languages spoken by him. On November 26, 2000, St. Pope John Paul II honored Bishop Henry for his love and dedication to the Church, the People of God, by raising him up to the Office of Bishop, serving the church of Almaty, Kazakhstan, as the first Missionary Bishop.

“Little by little” Bishop Henry learned and followed God’s Will for him. Throughout eighty-six years of a blessed life, he lived through the challenges of political shifts and upheaval in the world. He saw the shifts in the church and religious life, after the historic Vatican Council II.

He witnessed the shifts in traditional marriage and family structures, as well as moral and ethical behaviors. With all these changes, Bishop Henry remains a strong defender of the Faith and a faithful servant to God’s Church, here on earth.

Bishop Henry resides at the Milwaukee Catholic Home where he continues his ministry to the people of God by visiting his “church,” his fellow residents, and praying with them every day at the Eucharist.

In the past, we were able to pay for the care of our senior Friars with the salaries that our younger Friars earned. This has changed over the last 10 years, with more of our Friars requiring nursing care, and fewer Friars able to earn a salary.

Today we have to invite friends like you to help us bridge the gap between what we can provide and what is necessary for the care of our seniors. Your generosity will help us pay their housing costs, and provide food and medicine.

Every gift helps. Every gift is greatly appreciated. It is through your generosity that our senior, retired Friars can continue to grow old along with the Lord and with one another, serving God and the people of God through their unique “ministry of Prayer.”

Can I count on your generosity to help me this year? Please help me say “thank you” to these friars for what they have done in their lives. Please help me in saying we care for you in your senior years.

For your love and support to our Friars, I am most grateful.

Enjoy the relaxed peace the season of summer offers us.

Peace and all good!

Fr. Jim Gannon, OFM
Provincial Minister


P.S. Please submit any intentions you have and return it to us in the enclosed envelope. I will ask our Senior Friars to remember your intentions during their Masses and personal prayers.