Saturday, March 12, 2011

Franciscans of the Primitive Observance

Over the course of the past year, Boston bloggers have had numerous informants express their observations (and concerns) about a group called "Franciscans of the Primitive Observance"

A little bit of info HERE, HERE and HERE


If you'd like to share any info about the Friars, particularly info on Fr. John Sweeney and Fr. Peter Giroux, please email me at cmmckinley at aol.com. Any info we receive will be handled with the highest level of confidentiality.

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

They sneak into a secret room at night that has a television and watch PeeWee.

Veronica

Carol McKinley said...

very funny!

TheLastCatholicinBoston said...

They definitely do not dye their hair.

I hear there is a new lead guy coming to St. Anthony's shrine soon. Perhaps to get things back to basics a bit...

What's with EBH?
Did the Free Masons snuff out a few good, but potentially dangerous Catholic men? It wouldn't be the first time...

Carol McKinley said...

LCIB,

LOL.

I read in the Herald that Convertino was being re-assigned but haven't had the time to confirm it.

I went to the Shrine on Ash Wednesday. They give out ashes on the wreckovation level all day. There's some kind of new, life-size statue in the sanctuary doing a liturgical dance with his arms in the air. I've got to go back and get a picture of it.

What a disaster his tenure has been to all that is holy. He has taken the pursuit of purification and Sacraments and turned life into a celebration of licentiousness.

I arrived there at 7:30 in the morning because I wanted to go to confession and a Mass before work. Got out of the confessional and moseyed on down to the back of the Church and asked a woman giving out the donation envelopes what time the masses were. She said 10 am because it wasn't a holy day of obligation. She said everyone had been asking her and was upset about it.

I felt like saying Lady, for people who know their faith, we wouldn't go to confession without a Mass because we're a petri dish for ten thousand demons who come back with ten thousand more until we fill our soul with the presence of The Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord.

They had all these people coming in to start their Lent off on the right foot and he doesn't schedule Masses for them before work.

What a piece of work.

The Lady of the House said...

I spoke with someone who had a very bad experience with Fr. John Sweeney. Take it for what you will, just be careful out there everyone, especially with those who have a tremendous charism that makes you think you can't live your Faith without them. They might very well be a Great Saint, or they might have a little help from below. A psychologist I know told me a story about a boss of hers. He was a secular/ atheistic college professor. He had everyone running after him at his every beck and call. He had a certain something that just drew you to him. It turned out through a strange series of events, when she confronted him about his Faith, that he very well was probably possessed. (Fr. Elijah (Michael O'Brien) sort of episode.

Adele

Anonymous said...

Adele

Charles Manson crossed my mind when I read your post.

Veronica

Anonymous said...

By the way, Adele, I just looked at your profile (Do you really have 10 children? God bless you!) and thought that was very funny - telling us that the picture of Edith Stein wasn't you. Thanks for the laugh.

Now, back to the FPO...

Veronica

Anonymous said...

Three in Heaven Veronica. Lost one recently. Yeah, St Edith Stein and I are a little different virtue-wise etc!

Adele

Anonymous said...

Adele

Truly sorry to hear about your little ones and the most recent. It must be a great consolation for you, though, to know you have three intercessors in Heaven for you and the rest of your family.

Veronica

Anonymous said...

O thanks Veronica. Yes, as an old lady I know said. "You've managed to accomplish what the rest of us have been striving our whole life to do, get our kids into Heaven. Kind of a sweet thought really!

God bless,
Adele

Anonymous said...

The Fr. John Sweeney incident is a cover up that the AD of Boston has kept very secret. I'm not sure why at this point they would still refer to those tactics. It makes you wonder how many cover-ups are still being perpetuated by the local churches. He has fallen off of the face of the earth, most likely for good reasons. This community has been in existence since the mid-90's, is not growing and will most likely fizzle away like so many other movements not inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Hank Mullaney said...

I've known the FPOs for years. They're simply humble,loyal and devout men of God.

Anonymous said...

Can we all spell "calumy"? How about "innuendo"?

Anonymous said...

Oops. Calumny.

Anonymous said...

The FPO's helped jump-start my conversion. Without their prayers and presence, I don't think I would even be anywhere close to entering the convent. Praise God! I'm entering in October! I thank them from the deepest place in my heart for all their prayers and humble witness to the life of St. Francis! I truly LOVE the FPO's!!!!!!! Thank God for them!!!

Anonymous said...

I am a former member of the community. I consider most of the men in the community, including Fr Peter to be holy humble men of God. Like countless others, I have been wounded by Fr John deeply. He needs our prayers, as he is a disturbed man in need of many prayers.