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Welcome

Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Southwest Franciscan Missions Origin

In 1984, the Provincial Chapter of St. John the Baptist, the highest goverining body of the Province, met for the first time in the Southwest, and decades of disussion of the idea, the friars voted to petition the general administration of the Franciscan Order in Rome On the third of January, 1985, the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe was formally erected by decree of the Most Reverand John Vaughn, the Minister General of Friars Minor, who was present in the Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe for the occasion. Approximately 100 friars, all but a few living and working in the Southwest,  became the founding members of the new Province.  At the time, the friars were working among the Navajo and Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona, as well as the Hispanic people in a number of parishes.  They were soon to be involved in the ministry of the Word, preaching retreats and parish missons. The Province’s headquarters was first established in rented quarters in Albuquerque, then moved to  Tepeyac House on Five Points Road before relocating to the current Lakeview Road address in 1991. New members came slowly to discern their vocation with the friars each year.  These new men could not offset the number of friars who died or left the Order.  As a result some of the  friars’ mission was relinquised to others in 1985.  In 2000, the ministry of St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, which had been staffed by the friars under Franciscan Archbishop Albert Daegerwas since 1920, was returned to the Archdiocese.  In 1994 the friars stepped out in faith, and committed two members to missions in Peru and maintained a presence until 2003.  The friars continued to work with lay ministers among the Navajo, Pueblo and Hispanic of the Southwest and with the ministry of the Word.  In 1987, the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque began as an exciting joint effort of Franciscan friar Richard Rohr and many lay people to find new ways to shore up the Word of God.
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Click here for to see the beautiful Flowers of Vietnam ivory parchment cards to benefit the Southwest Franciscan Mission

December Appeal Letter

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© Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Southwest Franciscan Missions Development Office 2016

Welcome

Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Southwest Franciscan Missions Origin

In 1984, the Provincial Chapter of St. John the Baptist, the highest goverining body of the Province, met for the first time in the Southwest, and decades of disussion of the idea, the friars voted to petition the general administration of the Franciscan Order in Rome On the third of January, 1985, the Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe was formally erected by decree of the Most Reverand John Vaughn, the Minister General of Friars Minor, who was present in the Cathedral of St. Francis in Santa Fe for the occasion. Approximately 100 friars, all but a few living and working in the Southwest,  became the founding members of the new Province.  At the time, the friars were working among the Navajo and Pueblo Indians of New Mexico and Arizona, as well as the Hispanic people in a number of parishes.  They were soon to be involved in the ministry of the Word, preaching retreats and parish missons. The Province’s headquarters was first established in rented quarters in Albuquerque, then moved to  Tepeyac House on Five Points Road before relocating to the current Lakeview Road address in 1991. New members came slowly to discern their vocation with the friars each year.  These new men could not offset the number of friars who died or left the Order.  As a result some of the  friars’ mission was relinquised to others in 1985.  In 2000, the ministry of St. Francis Cathedral in Santa Fe, which had been staffed by the friars under Franciscan Archbishop Albert Daegerwas since 1920, was returned to the Archdiocese.  In 1994 the friars stepped out in faith, and committed two members to missions in Peru and maintained a presence until 2003.  The friars continued to work with lay ministers among the Navajo, Pueblo and Hispanic of the Southwest and with the ministry of the Word.  In 1987, the Center for Action and Contemplation in Albuquerque began as an exciting joint effort of Franciscan friar Richard Rohr and many lay people to find new ways to shore up the Word of God.
Southwest Franciscan Missions Development Office
Province of Our Lady of Guadalupe
Click here for the official site of the OFM Province of Our Lady of Guadelupe

December  Appeal Letter

Alternate Christmas Gift
Click here for to see the beautiful Flowers of Vietnam ivory parchment cards to benefit the Southwest Franciscan Mission
Click here to view the entire Appeal Letter