Faithful to their founder's vision of at-one-ment, over the years, the Friars have labored among people of all faiths throughout the world. Their work took them to the rural countryside of Ireland and Brazil; to the poor suburbs of Jamaica; and into the migrant worker camps of the Southeast United States.
As the need arose, their ministries expanded to help native peoples in the United States and Canada; African-Americans in the segregated South; Mexican-Americans in the Southwest United States; and Japanese in World War II internment camps in Canada.
Today, the Friars continue their ministry at these Parishes:
ST. ODILIA CATHOLIC CHURCH, LOS ANGELES, CA
In North America, Fr. Frank Eldridge, SA, is pastor of St. Odilia's in Los Angeles. Serving an active Spanish-speaking community, the church recently renovated and repainted its interior and has started a children's choir. The parish school serves children in grades K–8. WEBSITE >>
CHRIST THE REDEEMER CATHOLIC CHURCH, STERLING, VA
The friars have ministered at Christ the Redeemer since its beginning in 1972. Currently, Fr. C. Donald Howard, SA, the pastor, Fr. Bill Schmidt, SA, Fr. Art Johnson, SA, Fr. Lino Rico, a priest from San Luis Potosi, Mexico, and a staff of seven minister to this culturally diverse parish. Masses, confessions, and religious education are regularly scheduled in Spanish as well as English. The parish outreach includes participation in LINK, a local ecumenical food distribution program and the Community Meals Program that provides hot meals to thehomeless and needy once a week. WEBSITE >>
ST. ANDREW THE APOSTLE CATHOLIC CHURCH, APEX, NC
In the early 1980s, the friars, along with a small cadre of parishioners, founded St. Andrew the Apostle in Apex, NC. Today, Fr. David Fitzgerald, SA, and his staff provide daily and weekend Masses for nearly 3,000 families. In 2008, St. Andrew's celebrated 119 baptisms, 166 first communikons, and 21 weddings. It had almost 900 children in grades K–12 enrolled in its Faith Development classes.WEBSITE >>
ST. JOAN OF ARC, TORONTO, ONTARIO
In Toronto, Fr. Daniel Callahan, SA, serves St. Joan of Arc, established in 1919 as a French-speaking parish a few blocks from its current location. Today, it is a multi-ethnic English-speaking parish serving 3,000 families. Known for its dedication to the value of stewardship, St. Joan of Arc also collaborates with the nearby Paulist Fathers and the Sisters of Sion in "Winter Welcome Table"—providing weekly meals for the homeless of the neighborhood. WEBSITE >>
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER, RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA
Farther west, Fr. David Poirier, SA, Fr. Arthur Gouthro, SA, and Br. Timothy MacDonald, SA, staff St. Joseph the Worker parish in Richmond, British Columbia. One of the largest in Vancouver, the parish has some 3,000 registered families, more than 70% of Asian descent. Last year, they celebrated 91 baptisms and 27 weddings. Its school has 223 children enrolled in grades K–7. The parish is very active and a recognized leader in innovation within its archdiocese. WEBSITE >>
CHAPEL OF OUR SAVIOR, BROCKTON, MA
The Chapel of Our Savior is near Boston in Brockton. While not a parish ministry, it is referred to as an Atonement center. Here, seven friars serve over 700 people. Fr. Gerald DiGiralamo, SA, and the other friar-priests hear daily confessions and celebrate daily Masses. The center is well-known for its up-to-date and well-stocked gift and bookstore run by Br. Savio McNiece, SA, and Br. Thomas Banaki, SA. Just opposite the Westgate Mall, the center's motto is "Bringing Christ to the marketplace." In October 2010, the Chapel of Our Savior will celebrate its 50th anniversary. MORE INFO >>
In addition, The Franciscan Friars of the Atonement provide social services to prisons and hospitals. Among the existing ministries are:
- Alcohol and/or chemical dependency
Hospital and Nursing Home Ministries
- St. Vincent's Hospital, Vancouver, Canada
- St. Vincent's Hospital, Harrison, NY
- Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
- Social service walk-in center in British Columbia, Canada
Email Parish Ministries at the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement for more information.