Elderly Friars 2020 Appeal Letter


Dear Brothers and Sisters,

May the Lord give you peace!

June 7, 2020, the Universal Church celebrated the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. I presided at a “live stream” Mass at St. Mary of the Angels Parish, Green Bay, WI. Before Mass, the administrator of the Parish, Deacon Paul, asked if I would Bless Palms. The unusual request gave me pause to reflect on how our world and our country has changed since Passion/Palm Sunday.

So a little of Palm Sunday was infused into the Trinity. A faithful parishioner said, “Father, it’s all related.”

The Holy Trinity is all about relationships; everything and everyone is related to God. You and I are alive because we are the human expressions of the love of God; a love expressed in God, the creator, and Jesus Christ the beloved Son and the Holy Spirit.

Queen of Peace Friary, in Burlington Wisconsin is home for our senior friars who retire after active ministry to the people of God. Most of the friars “retired” well into their late eighties.

As I write this letter, Queen of Peace Friary remains “Stay in Place.” Except for urgent doctor’s appointments, most of our friars have not ventured out of doors for fourteen weeks.

As you can see, the pictures included in this letter express the special relationship of our friars and their caregivers. I believe the cooperation between our friars and the staff is protecting the friar community from the coronavirus.


When you support our retired friars, you also
support our awesome staff. They are protecting our men with their exceptional care and love as they drive the friars to their doctor and hospital visits as well as taking their temperature and blood pressure on a regular basis. In addition to dispensing their medications on schedule, the medical staff helps with their daily needs as well as many other selfless acts of kindness.

A wonderful relationship. A great expression of
God’s love.

Today, I am writing to ask for your help.

Like your families, we too are facing the high costs of providing necessary medical care and housing to our sick and elderly friars.

We at the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province are most grateful for your continued support of our awesome retired friars and the awesome men
and women who care for them.

Please be safe and stay well!

Fr. Jim Gannon, OFM Provincial Minister

P.S. Please write your prayer intentions on the back of the attached slip and return it to me in the enclosed envelope. Our senior friars will remember your intentions during their daily Masses and community prayers.


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