Canonical Visiation of the Custody of Canada

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The assistant general for North America, Britain and Ireland, John-Joseph Dolan, conducted the canonical visitation of the provincial custody of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Canada from the 9th through 20th of March 2009.

He visited the three friaries and one filial house in Montréal, Quebec and the filial house in Peterborough, Ontario. He spoke with sixteen friars, as well as participating in several parish gatherings and fraternal celebrations.  Friary chapters were held in each of the friaries and house meetings in the two filial houses in which the local situation was discussed, as well as current events in the Order, the sessenial plan, the 800th jubilee of our charism, rule and fraternity.  Particular attention was given to the last encyclical letter of the minister general and his exhortation to the friars to live the Gospel radically in obedience to the Church, to be   men of prayer and dreams, to be faithful to the witness of fraternal life as a means of evangelization and service, and to collaborate with the laity in mission. He also met with the custodial definitory afterwards. During the visitation, there was a pilgrimage of the friars, several diocesan priests and the faithful from the Polish parishes of Quebec and Ontario to the national shrine, the Oratory of St. Joseph, patron of Canada, in Montréal. It was a part of the custody’s celebration of the Jubilee Year. During the Mass, the custos, Friar Wacław Sokołowski, was the principal celebrant and preached on the Franciscan themes of the anniversary. Friar John-Joseph extended the greetings of the minister general, Friar Marco Tasca, to the assembled pilgrims, as well as his gratitude for their support of the friars and the Church.

John-Joseph Dolan