May the Joy of the Risen Lord be in your Hearts this Blessed Easter Day

On this blessed Easter Sunday 2020, we earnesty pray for healing within our human family, especially those who are most affected by Covid-19.  This is a time of great trial around the world as health systems are tested and found wanting.  It is aso a time of fear and anxiety in which our faith and endurance are tested.  In his Easter message today, Pope Franics said, “For many, this is an Easter of solitude lived amid the sorrow and hardship that the pandemic is causing, from physical suffering to economic difficulties,”

Each one of us is called to pray for reverential treamment of all Covid-19 sufferers, and indeed for all who are sick and marginalized.  Practicing “respectful distancing” in our miinistry setting and social outreach are direct actions we can take to limit the spread of the virus.  May God heal our hurting world this Easter!

Minister General Brother Tony Dolan

Welcome to the website of the Franciscan Brothers of the Third Order Regular as we celebrate our bicentennial year of serving God’s people.  You are meeting us at a marvelous time in our epic journey from the early days of catechesis and rudimentary education for the rural poor in the west of Ireland to our mission today of enhancing human sustainability via formal education in agricultural and academic skill development among the rural poor in Uganda and Kenya.

In pursuing our mission and setting forth on another 200 year journey, we are reminded that new times call for new methods.  In the words of Pope Francis, “For new wine, new wineskins. The newness of the Gospel. What does the Gospel bring us? Joy and newness. To what is new, newness; for new wine, new wineskins. Not to be afraid of changing things according to the law of the Gospel. This is why the Church asks us, all of us, for a few changes. She asks us to leave aside structures bound to collapse. They are useless! And get new wineskins, those of the Gospel. The Gospel is newness! The Gospel is a feast! The fullness of the Gospel can only be lived in a joyful heart, in a renewed heart. Make space for the law of the Beatitudes, for the joy and freedom that the newness of the Gospel brings us. The Lord gives us the grace of remaining prisoners no longer. Rather, he gives us the grace of the joy and of the freedom which the newness of the Gospel brings us.”

Pope Francis words challenge us as never to embrace the future enthusiastically and not to fear letting go of outmoded structures.  I pray that we will have the confidence and conviction to respond to the freedoms and opportunities afforded. Our charism ‘is to live the Gospel way of life’. The Gospel brings us joy and newness and we are bubbling with enthusiasm and conviction in spreading the good news among the people and creation where we live and work.  Please pray for us and support our brothers and their ministries.

Larry Grimes: Memories

Something burst inside me.

The man I knew was alive but dead.

I hurriedly left Rosa Mystica Nursing Home robbed of all but tear blurred memories.

He did not recognize me!

Imagine an absence mingled presence; the wish to run and run and not return.

Back in the Corrandulla community emptiness gnawed refusing sleep.


A Message from Brother Tony Dolan on St. Patrick’s Day 2020


From a 35C+ Adraa, Uganda, a happy and peaceful St. Patrick’s Day. In every part of the world where St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated, this year’s celebration is like no other! Even in West Nile, Uganda, the day is overshadowed by the specter of COVID-19. It is only in the past few days that the dire message on the virus have started to hit home in this part of the world and, like in other places, it is instilling fear and uncertainty.


March 10, 2020:  With great sadness we announce the death of two beloved brothers in consecutive days.  Br. Laurence Grimes died peacefully at the Mystical Rose Nursing Home in Claregalway, Co Galway, Ireland.

Brother Larry

His death came just some hours after his fellow novice, Br. Edmund Farrell, went to his eternal rest.  May the light of heaven shine on them both. Br. Laurence will repose in Corrandulla on Friday evening (Community) and Saturday Friday PM (Parish) with his funeral Mass in Corrandulla Church on Saturday at 11 AM.  He will be buried in the Brothers’ cemetery in Mountbellew following his funeral Mass.



Brother Peter Tabichi meets President Trump and offers opening prayer for United States Congress

September 17, 2019 — Washington DC:  Before the assembled member of the US Congress, Brother Peter Tabichi, a humble and joyful Franciscan Brother from rural Kenya, echoed the universally known words of Our Seraphic Father, St. Francis, blessing the august gathering with the Peace Prayer of St. Francis.  Reaching back seven-hundred years to shine a new light and focus on the enduring sentiment of the great saint, Brother Peter stood before the assembly as a remarkable story in his own right.  Recently recognized as the Global Teacher of the Year for 2019, he is a living witness to the power of education and the inherent value and dignity of the teaching profession.  Congratulations Brother Peter.  This latest honor, coming in the bicentennial year of the Franciscan Brothers of the Third Order Regular, underscores the value  of your own and  your confreres’ calling, to a simple life marked by service, fraternity, and prayer.

Click here to view the C-Span video of Brother Peter’s prayer before Congress.

Honorary Doctor of Science for Minister General, Brother Tony Dolan

(Doctor) Brother Tony Dolan with UCD President Deeks

September 2, 2019: In a year of great honors for our Institute, we are proud to announce that University College Dublin (UCD) conferred a Doctor of Science degree “honoris causa” on our Minister General, Brother Tony Dolan.  The conferring took place within the regular Doctor of Science conferring ceremony on September 2nd.