We are sad to report the passing of Mrs. Joyce Herbert last Monday, October 16th. Joyce was formerly on the office staff of previous Shrine rectors; she and her husband Larry had been faithful supporters of the National Shrine for many years.



The Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit has announced that the date for the Father Solanus Casey beatification ceremony will be Nov. 18, 2017, at Ford Field in Detroit. This follows the historic announcement by Pope Francis on May 4 that Casey will be elevated to Blessed in the Roman Catholic Church. Beatification is the third step of a four-step process to be named a saint. Casey will be the second American-born male to be beatified. Details on the Fr. Solanus Casey beatification ceremony, including ceremony time, will be released in the coming weeks and available at Ticket information will be made available by Aug. 15. Ford Field will be configured to accommodate approximately 60,000 guests for the ceremony.

Casey was a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit and one of the co-founders of the city's Capuchin Soup Kitchen. Casey was born in Oak Grove, Wis. in Nov. 25, 1870, and died July 31, 1957.

After his ordination in 1904, Casey served at three different parishes in New York before moving to Detroit. Casey was a Capuchin Friar credited with miraculous cures and valued for his wise and compassionate counsel. He served at St. Bonaventure Monastery on Mt. Elliott Street in Detroit, where he worked for 21 years as a porter and spent his life in the service of people, endearing himself to thousands who would seek his counsel. He earned a recognition as 'the Doorkeeper' — a brother who would provide soup for the hungry, kind words for the troubled and a healing touch for the ill.

The Detroit Capuchins continue their ministry to the poor and the sick and those in need. They operate the Solanus Casey Center, which attracts 250,000 visitors a year.

Solanus co-founded the Capuchin Soup Kitchen in 1929 and today it serves Metro Detroit by providing food, clothing and human development programs to the people of the community.

The beatification cause for Casey began in 1976. In 1995, Pope John Paul II confirmed that the late friar had lived a model life of heroic virtue and titled him as Venerable.

- Stillwater Gazette, Minnesota


Vicki Evans, Respect Life Coordinator

Thousands of abortion-vulnerable women will have access to pregnancy counseling and medical services through a new network called the "Options United for Life Northern California Pregnancy Resource Collaborative Network." In cooperation with the Archdiocese of San Francisco and seven surrounding Northern California dioceses, the network will bring clients in the doors of dozens of local non-profits who serve thousands of families. For complete information, visit:


"Thank you all for your prayers for Archbishop Quinn during this time of his long illness. It saddens me, though, that I now have to inform you that he passed away on Thursday, June 22, 2017. As you know, he had moved to Jewish Home of San Francisco from Saint Mary's Medical Center. He stated several times since his move that he had achieved his goal of leaving the hospital for a new home where he could enjoy the fresh air, trees, and the sounds of birds in the early morning. The initial days at Jewish Home had gone extremely well, but Archbishop Quinn experienced difficulties with his breathing. He was transported to the nearest hospital, but could not be revived. Our hearts are breaking at losing such a great priest and friend.

Archbishop Quinn was 88 years of age, and had served as the sixth Archbishop of San Francisco from April 26, 1977 until December 27, 1995. He was president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1977 to 1980. Join me in praying for the repose of his soul."

- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Funeral Arrangements for Archbishop Quinn:

A Vigil will be held on Sunday, July 9, at 7:00 pm.
The Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, July 10 at 10:00 am.
Both events will be in the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. New details will be added to as they become available.

1953 - 2016

Rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, 2010-2013

Dear Brothers, Sisters, Family and Friends of the Shrine: Capuchin FR. GREGORY COIRO died peacefully Friday morning, September 9th, at "Coming Home Hospice" in San Francisco, CA. Please pray for the repose of his soul and the consolation of his dear family, especially his beloved mother Terry.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation
in memory of Fr. Gregory Coiro to the
Capuchin Franciscan Foundation for Retired Friars
1345 Cortez Avenue
Burlingame, CA 94010.

Obituary for Fr. Gregory Louis Coiro, OFMCap

Fr. Gregory Coiro was born on January 29, 1953 in Long Island, New York, the son of Anthony D. Coiro and Theresa M. Friedel Shelby. He entered the Capuchin Franciscan Order on August, 15, 1972 and made his perpetual profession of vows on September 22, 1979. He was ordained a priest at St. Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco on May 15, 1982. After ordination he was assigned as Associate Pastor at St. Joseph Church in Roseburg, OR. He was a teacher at St. Francis High School in La Cañada-Flintridge, CA from 1982-1990. He served in the Office of Public Affairs for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Media Relations. He was Associate Pastor at Our Lady of Angels Church in Burlingame, CA. He then was chaplain for St. Francis High School in La Cañada-Flintridge in 2002. He became Rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis in San Francisco, CA in 2010 and served until 2013. He then retired because of health issues. He died from renal failure at Coming Home Hospice in San Francisco, CA on September 9, 2016.

Fr. Greg was brilliant and had a sharp wit. He was a wonderful organist and loved classical music and old hymns. He loved to teach and helped start the Kairos High School Retreats at St. Francis High School. He was excellent in media relations for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He loved his faith and he had a wonderful ability of defending and explaining the Church's teaching. He touched many hearts.

He is survived by his dear mother Theresa M. Friedel Shelby and his brother and sisters: Anthony Coiro, Tracy Tinder, Dana Covellone and Jennifer Bravo. He is also survived by many nephews and nieces.

Fr. Gregory's funeral arrangements are as follows: Vigil is Tuesday September 13, 2016 at 7:00 pm at St. Bede the Venerable Church, 215 Foothill Blvd, La Cañada-Flintridge CA 91011. Mass of Christian Burial is Wednesday September 14, 2016 at 10 am also at St. Bede the Venerable Church. Burial is at 10:00 am on Thursday September 15, 2016 at San Lorenzo Friary in Santa Ynez, CA 93460.


Fr. John wishes to offer an invitation to those interested in being a part of the service and outreach of the growing ministries of the Shrine. Fr. John will be hoping to develop strong teams of volunteers to serve as Extra-ordinary ministers of Communion, Altar Servers, Lectors, Greeters, Assistant Sacristans, Ushers, Hospitality Providers, Cantors, Musicians, etc. Especially at a church that is at a stage of expanding its small but vibrant faith community - there is a great reliance on the participation of many of the few. Be a trailblazer, as together we develop the witness of the Shrine to St. Francis. If interested: please submit contact information to Fr. John at e-mail:


PORZIUNCULA PARDON is always available under the conditions the Catholic Church has stipulated. The conditions for receiving the Porziuncula Pardon are:

To receive the the Porziuncula Indulgence on August 2, one must receive sacramental absolution and receive Holy Communion at Mass during the Period beginning eight days before the Feast of Our Lady of the Angels and ending eight days after August 2. Additionally, on August 2 itself, one must visit a church where one prays at least the Creed and an Our Father for the intentions of the Pope. Additionally, one must be completely free of any attachment to sin; if this condition is not met, the indulgence is partial rather then plenary. However, at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi, the Pardon of Assisi may be received on August 2 (either at the Shrine Church or the Porziuncula Nuova chapel); on October 4th, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (in the Shrine Church); on any two days of one's own choosing during the year (one day in the Church and one day in the Porziuncula Nuova); and as often as one makes a formal pilgrimage as part of a group to the Shrine Church or to the Porziuncula Nuova. (One may receive a plenary indulgence only once a day and it may be applied to oneself or to the soul of one of the faithfully departed. All the same conditions as on August 2nd apply.)

Donations Needed for Historic Pipe Organ

You are invited to own a piece of history at the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi by contributing to help us meet the current needs of our Historic Pipe Organ. The total cost before tax and any unforeseen additions is $3,630.

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