He is currently studying philosophy at the Catholic University of America, completing a Ph. As a friar, he completed his BA in History at California State University in Hayward CA, and his Theological studies at the Seraphicum in Rome. Friar John hopes to be Ordained and be a Missionary in Laos, Africa or China. Friar Francisco has ministered to youth in parish youth groups, teaching, and Juvenile Hall, and as a jail chaplain for four jail facilities at San Joaquin County. As a friar, he has served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Thomas Aquinas in Reno, NV, before his current ministry. Friar Dominic enjoys playing the guitar and ping pong. Australian Friars Hold Assembly in Kellyville, NSW From the 27th - 29th September, all the Conventual Franciscan Friars from each of our national locations came together in Kellyville, NSW... Friar Jerome M. renews his Simple Vows He hopes to continue to serve the poor, and work as a tailor in the order. Open: Monday to Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm. He received his Theology training at Franciscan Institute of Thủ Đức, and has ministered in Parishes as a catechist. He was inspired to join the Conventual Friars by getting to know the community through his spiritual director. He enjoys travel, Mexican culture, people, and is an avid Raider fan. We endeavour to build on the foundations laid by our pioneers and take great pride in our magnificant church and two great local Catholic Schools. Friar Joseph enjoys nuclear physics and energy, sustainable energy resources, kung fu, aikido, ping pong, and badminton. Friar Peter was born in Thống Nhất in Dak Lak Province, and entered the friars at age 20. The walk through the garden is modelled on the 14 Stations of the Cross, depicting Jesus’ path to His crucifixion with sculptural representations in almost life-size figures. Friar Angel Garcia is originally from El Salvador, CA (Central America, not California - smile) but later moved to Los Angeles, CA. He met one of our friars while attending a retreat at the seminary, and was inspired to enter the friars. He enjoys reading, soccer, ping pong, swimming, and hopes to serve in Canon Law, parish ministry, youth ministry, and in service to the lepers. Friar Joseph has recently completed his Theology studies at the Franciscan Institute of Saigon, and has served in parish catechesis and visiting the sick at a local hospital. Friar John was born in Saigon, had attended Vocational College in Melbourne Australia, and was working there in the retail, service, and restaurant industries. Friar Stephen is currently studying Theology at the Franciscan Institute of Saigon, hoping to be ordained and serve in a Pastoral Ministry. He completed his academic preparation for priesthood, at Holy Names College and the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley. The building of the new shrine dedicated to the Holy Innocents began in November 2011. He is truly a "Jack of All Trades". He also studied Spanish for a semester at the Instituto de Idiomas Maryknoll in Cochebamba, Bolivia. Friar Anthony received his Theology at the Franciscan Institute of Saigon, and is currently serving as a Transitional Deacon. Friar James’ service to the Order and Province has principally been in education and formation apostolates. Friar Tuan Maximilian Nguyen was born in Vang Tau, Vietnam and entered the Friars after coming to the United States. Living in the Conventual Franciscan religious community, provides a chance to seek and give support to others who share the same belief. Joseph Kim was born at Orange, CA, and completed a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Psychology from St. John’s Seminary & College in Camarillo, CA, before he entered the Friars. degree in Performing Arts at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, CA. search. Friar Paul was born in Nghệ An Province (Central), and had received a Bachelor in Humanities and professional training in Teaching and Choral Conducting, and had spent time in the OFM formation Program. Friar John entered the friars while working in the grocery industry, and after attending college studying business administration and accounting. He enjoys downhill skiing, and leading pilgrimages. Friar Thomas has been a friar nearly 50 years now. He was living in Orange County, CA and Received his BS degree in Nutrition from California State University, Long Beach, before he entered the Friars. He firmly holds that the intellectual tradition of the Order is necessary to the formation of the friars, and remains adamant about his own continued intellectual and spiritual growth. Prior to entering the friars, he worked on the Parish staff at his Church. Friar Luke studied Theology at St. Patrick Seminary, after his novitiate year. We welcome you and hope that as this page grows, it provides you with useful information and inspiration. Michael shares his considerable skills in all aspects of building and maintenance, from plumbing, to roofing, to electrical, construction, carpentry, auto-mechanics, and much more. St. Francis Friary, Kellyville. He enjoys volleyball soccer and reading in Vietnamese and English. New South Wales 2155. As a friar, he completed his BA in English and Philosophy from Holy Names University in Oakland. He began Theology studies at DeSales School of Theology, and Oblate College in Washington D.C., and taught high school at Archbishop Curley High in Baltimore, before coming to the St. Joseph of Cupertino Province, where he received his MDiv from St. Patrick Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. As a friar, he has served in American Martyrs’ Parish in Manhattan Beach, CA and at the Cathedral of St. Thomas Aquinas in Reno, NV. Weekday Mass (Monday to Friday) 6.45am with Reconciliation available after Mass. The Order of Friars Minor Conventual (Conventual Franciscans) moved to Kellyville in 1968 and they were given care of OLOR when it was declared a parish on 8 March 1970. Friar Joseph was born in Xuân Trường Huyen of Nam Dinh Province (North), and studied Sociology before entering the Friars. Friar Kevin loves ministry as an educator in the areas of bible studies and spirituality and enjoys hiking, movies and reading. As a friar he has; served as a teacher of Religion and Physics at Bishop Montgomery High School in Torrance, CA., received his MDiv at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley CA, has served as Social Outreach Director, Associate and Pastor of St. Paul of the Shipwreck Church in San Francisco, and as Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Grace in Castro Valley CA. He strives to live a simple life. We welcome our new friary with abundant blessings and new visitors. It is good and it is a nice to be a Friar, to grow and to share with others what God though his grace entrusted to me. He enjoy running, taking a long walk, ridding bike, he loves playing soccer, watching basketball and reading. St. Joseph of Cupertino Province Serving the Western United States. Franciscan Friars of Western Canada (87) Fraternity (31) History (58) Minority (3) Missions abroad (6) Missions in Canada (4) News (137) Prayers (5) Testimonials (17) __Archives (87) Authors . He earned a BA in Theology at Loyola Chicago. He enjoys music composition, choral conducting and playing guitar and piano. Through high school and after, Friar Masseo was very involved in the street life, and away from the church. He enjoys working on computers, graphic design, reading in English, playing soccer and ping pong, and hopes to continue to serve the poor and lepers. Friar Paul joined the Conventual Franciscans after getting to know the friars as a Parishioner of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in Hermosa Beach, CA. He has found that life as a friar is the best way for him to fulfill God’s will, because he has more time to spend with God in prayers and parish work. His greatest joy as a friar has been serving the friars as Minister Provincial, and especially working one to one with them as Pastor. Friar Chris has traveled with Gregorian Chant Scholas singing in England, Spain and Italy, and he enjoys listening to music; from Classic Rock to Renaissance Polyphonic Music. He served as Rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, NV, and as our Vocation Director, before his current assignment. He lived in South America for many years and is fluent in Spanish. Home. As a priest, he has served in Southern California and Northern Nevada, at both parishes ministered by the friars, and in diocesan parishes. Friar Thomas has ministered as a Parish priest at All Saints Church in Hayward, St. Paul the Apostle in Pismo Beach, CA, Our Lady of Guadalupe in Hermosa Bch, CA, and St. John Neumann Parish in Egan, Minnesota, where he also did retreat ministry at Prior Lake Retreat Center. He also enjoys basketball and ping pong. Friar Israel spent his early years growing up in San Francisco and the Central Valley of California. Friar Peter is currently studying Theology at the Franciscan Institute of Saigon, has served in parish catechesis, distribution of food to the poor and at our leprosarium in Văn Môn. Fr. In his free time, he enjoys deepening his knowledge of the Ecclesiastical History of the Slavic peoples, as well as Church history more generally. Friar James is a convert to Catholicism from Buddhism while in the refugee camp in Pulau Galang, Indonesioa. Friar James has found his over ten years as Novice Master to be his most fulfilling and rewarding ministry, especially in that it combined his love for teaching and contributed to the further development and growth of the Order. Friar Anthony was born in Hương Khê rural district in Hà Tĩnh Province (Central Lowlands), and worked in agricultural labor before entering the friars. Post your prayer request. Before entering the friars, Jerry lived at and served in a Reservation in New Mexico, and has been a Manager of Movie Theaters. Allen holds that this focus moves the friar to virtuous living. As a friar, Thomas received his Bachelor’s Degree in Spanish from DePaul University in Chicago, and Masters of Divinity from University of Toronto. He has ministered as a High School Teacher at Bishop Montgomery in Torrance CA, as a parish Priest at St. George in Stockton, St. Paul’s in San Pablo, and other parishes. He has also served our mission in Tlacoachistlahuaca Guerrero Mexico, and seminary in Acapulco. Friar Peter has served in Parish catechesis, teaching disabled children, and enjoys reading in theology and liturgy, playing chess, soccer and ping pong. Friar Joseph has served orphaned and disabled children, parish catechesis, and as a cook. He served in the general administration of our Order in Rome and Assisi and then as Rector of the Cathedral in Reno, NV and at the National Shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco, taught Seminary and worked in Formation in Canterbury, England and then as Pastoral Associate at St. Lawrence Martyr in Redondo Beach, CA. Friar Peter was born in Huế, and completed training as a computer technician, and working in website security and design when he entered the friars. As a friar, he completed his studies at St. Anthony on the Hudson Seminary, in Rensalier, NY, and the Pontifical University of St. Bonaventure (The Seraphicum), in Rome, Italy. 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