IRONDALE, Ala. – Friars held elections at Annunciation Friary Friday August 12th in the presence of Bishop Steven J. Raica.
Every three years all friars of the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word gather for the General Chapter. Before this holy gathering, the Community canon lawyer, Fr. Dominic prepares the administrative aspects for the assembly. Spiritually, the friars pray a nine day novena. A holy hour and rosary are also prayed a few hours prior to the meeting.
With the Bishop of Birmingham, Alabama present at the Chapter, the Community discusses possible changes or resolutions that require voting. This time there were no amendments. Friars immediately voted for a new Community Servant, Community Vicar and four council members.
Congratulations to the following Friars on their new offices:
Community Servant (Superior):
Community Vicar: Fr. Patrick
1st Councilor: Fr. Dominic
2nd Councilor: Fr. Mark
3rd Councilor: Fr. Anthony
4th Councilor: Br. John
Please pray for the Community as they begin this new era of its life and work. May the Lord guide and direct the new administration as they lead the Community in the service of God and His Church.