On February 25, Dr. Aaron Hollander delivered the XXXIX Paul Wattson Lecture at the University of San Francisco. "The Courage to Hearken: Ecumenism and the Underside of Modernity" was the theme of this annual talk sponsored by the Friars, honoring the legacy of Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, Servant of God.
On Sunday, February 10, 2019, Br. Jan Janoska, NSA, and Br. Alfonso DeRuvo, NSA, received their habits in a clothing ceremony presided over by Minister General Brian F. Terry, SA. The ceremony took place in Assisi, Italy, and Novice Director Fr. Ed Boes, SA, along with Formation Director Fr. Jim Puglisi, SA, assisted.
In 1899, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, Servant of God (then Episcopalian priest Rev. Lewis T. Wattson) took his vows as a Friar of the Atonement. Ten years later, in 1909, Fr. Paul and 16 others in the Society of the Atonement were received into the Catholic Church. One hundred and ten years after that, Deacon Jose Delgado followed in Father Paul’s footsteps, taking the journey from being an Episcopalian priest to a Catholic member of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement.
Locally in the Peekskill, NY, area, and at events across the United States, men and women united in prayer with people around the world for the intention of unity between Christians. This week is one of prayer and celebration for the Friars, who carry on the legacy of their founder Father Paul Wattson, SA, Servant of God who founded the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 1908.