IRONDALE, Ala. – The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word give glory and praise to God as they celebrate their 30th year anniversary today, May 2, 2017. “The Community thanks all who have prayed for us and supported our service to the Lord and His Church. We are grateful for your sacrificial contributions to our way of life. It’s an honor and pleasure to serve God and his people,” said Fr. Leonard Mary, MFVA.
It is the mission of the MFVA Community to seek out the lost and bring back the strayed to mercy of God and His Church. These radical Franciscan men model their lives after Jesus, who came not to be served but to serve and to give His life as a ransom for many. “With God’s grace we look forward to many more years of loving and serving Christ,” Father added.
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA, founded the Community in 1987 to assist with the work of evangelization entrusted to her. This young and zealous Community continually devotes itself to a life of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to our Blessed Mother Mary in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and Mother Angelica, while striving to live in poverty, chastity and obedience. It has been blessed in bringing the saving message of Jesus Christ through the mass media (EWTN), parish assistance, conferences, retreats and providing for the spiritual needs of the Poor Clare’s of Perpetual Adoration and EWTN employees.
“Taking their inspiration from their spiritually gifted, no-nonsense foundress, Mother Mary Angelica, the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word charitably and boldly continue to spread the truth of the Catholic faith using every medium of communication,” Father added.
“It has been a wonderful privilege for the friars to witness the providence of God these past 30 years of our community’s history,” said Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe, MFVA. He was one of the first men to enter the Community in 1987. “There are still ‘too many’ souls who have not yet heard the Gospel, and too many who are indifferent to their faith. Looking ahead, we must reach them, too. May our Provident Father continue to help us bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth,” he added.
The Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word is a canonically recognized Public Clerical Association of the Faithful in the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama, and listed in The Official Catholic Directory. For vocation information go to www.franciscanmissionaries.com.