Let us pray for your needs and intentions – you and members of your family, both living and deceased, will be remembered in the Novenas celebrated for your intentions and in the masses offered each day for you.


December  16 – 24 and December 25 – January 2 in Bethlehem

December 2019


Dear Friend,

It’s been many years since I took my vows, but my gratitude for the generous, loving people whose offerings provided for my needs as I studied for the priesthood is as fresh and bright as ever it was.

They were people who believed in me as a parent believes in a child heading off into life for the first time. They believed in me as a dear friend, his or her heart deeply moved, stands with another friend who is giving his entire life to the work of Jesus Christ.

And they believed in me as our Savior, Jesus Christ, believed in all who followed Him, who offered him food and shelter, who took him to their hearts as if he were their very own son, and whose divine birth we celebrate this season.

As Jesus became poor for us, so too the young Franciscan men who have promised their lives to the Lord take vows of poverty – and like Jesus, they willingly commit their lives to your care.

What a wonderful gift this is for all of us!

As I continue to remember with greatest love all those who helped me along the way, I pray that you too will be as generous as possible as you help these devoted new Franciscan friars in their lifelong walks with the Lord.

It takes over $5,000 a year to provide for all the annual needs of one candidate as he prepares for the priesthood. That means your generous gift of $25, $50 – or even $100 — can do more than you might ever have thought possible.

We will join our new Franciscan friars in remembering you in grateful prayer during two Novenas of Masses in Bethlehem, Israel, December 16-24, and December 25 – January 2. Kindly send your personal petitions and intentions to me now to be included in the Novenas of Masses.

Thank you for loving in deed and in truth, and may the abundant blessings of Christmas come to you and those you love.

Yours in St. Francis,


Fr. Robert, O.F.M.

P.S. Request our lovely Christmas Enrollment cards to help share the light of our Savior’s presence with others. Use them to enroll friends or loved ones in the daily Masses and prayers of our Franciscan Friars the whole year long.