Original Franciscan "Third Order" -- Confraternity of Penitents
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Confraternity of Penitents Spiritual Guardian
The CFP Spiritual Guardian (called Visitor in the Original Rule) is Fr. Joseph Tuscan, OFM Cap. Fr. Joseph previously served the CFP as a Spiritual Advisor for Franciscan Matters.
Fr. Joseph was born in Columbus, OH, in 1967 and was raised in Canton, OH. He entered Borromeo College Seminary in 1986 where he earned his Bachelor's degree in Behavioral Sciences in 1989. In 1990, he professed his first vows as a Capuchin Franciscan friar. Making his Perpetual vows in 1993, he went on to earn his Master's degree in Theology at the Washington Theological Union in 1995 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1997.
Fr. Joseph's first assignment after ordination was on the Pacific island of Papua New Guinea where he served for four years with Capuchin friars there. Returning to the US in 2001, he has served in various capacities as Parochial Vicar, Military and Hospital Chaplain and as Pastor.
Most recently, Fr. Joseph worked with the Capuchin in the Custody of Puerto Rico and currently serves as a full-time Minister of the Word and Evangelization for his Capuchin Province, offering retreats and reflection days for parishes, Religious and Priests. He is also worldwide pastoral director of the Archconfraternity of Christian Mothers.
Father Joe's Ministry is giving retreats and parish missions as well as hosting pilgrimages. All are welcome to attend the following missions, retreats, and pilgrimages with Fr. Joe. Please contact the church or sponsoring group for details.
17-21 Parish Mission St. Lawrence Church Harrisburg Pennsylvania Diocese of Harrisburg
23 – Padre Pio Mass Our Lady of The Angels, Pittsburgh PA
24 – Christian Mothers visit and Mass St. John the Baptist New Baltimore
24-25 Preach at Weekend Masses At Our Lady of the Angels. Promote CCM
8-11 – Parish Mission Mater Misericordiae Catholic Church Phoenix, Arizona
13 – Evening Spiritual conference St. Raphael Bay Village Cleveland
15-16 – FOCUS St. Malachy Sterling Heights Michigan Archdiocese of Detroit
18-24 – Pilgrimage to Guadalupe Shrine Mexico City
26-30 Retreat for Confraternity of Penitents St. Felix Catholic Center Huntington Indiana
4 – Mass at Rhoda Wise House Canton Ohio Diocese of Youngstown
5 (Morning) – Mass and confessions St. Pio Shrine Barto, PA Diocese of Allentown
5 – 8 Parish Mission St. Francis de Sales Parish Akron Ohio (Diocese of Clevland)
20 – Latin Mass St. Sebastian Akron Ohio Diocese of Clevland
26-30 – Paris Mission: St. Joseph North Chesterfield, VA Diocese of Richmond, VA
2- Mass at Rhoda Wise House Canton Ohio Diocese of Youngstown
3-6 Parish Mission Prince of Peace Parish Taylor South Carolina
10-13 Parish Mission St. Damien of Molokai Catholic Church Edmond Oklahoma
17-20 Mission at National Center of Our Lady of Fatima (Diocese of Metuchen New Jersey)
2023 SCHEDULE TO MAY
7-8- SMA appeal weekend St. Sebastian Belle Vernon Diocese of Greensburg)
15-Latin Mass St. Sebastian Akron Ohio Diocese of Cleveland
16-24- Pilgrimage to Rome
11-14 Parish Mission Our Lady of The Assumption Coral, PA Diocese of Greensburg
18-22 Parish Mission Our Lady of the Assumption Parish Diocese of Cleveland
25-28 Parish Mission Corpus Christi Parish Lexington, SC Diocese of Charleston SC
4-8 Parish Mission Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Bremerton, Washington State Diocese of Seattle
11-14 Parish Mission St. Leo Parish Columbus Ohio Diocese of Columbus
18-21 Parish Mission St. Joseph Parish Huntington WV Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston
25-28 Parish Mission St. Alphonsus Parish Baltimore MD Archdiocese of Baltimore
1-10 Parish Mission & Holy Week St. Joseph Church Tacoma Washington Diocese of Tacoma
14-16 Mission at National Center of Padre Pio Barto, PA Diocese of Allentown
19-23 Retreat for Pledged Members of the Confraternity of Penitents- Mount Saint Francis Hermitage, Endicott NY -Diocese of Syracuse. Attendees must be pledged in the CFP or Novice 3's planning to pledge.
28-30 Family Retreat Diocese of Tucson
7 – Christian Mothers Mass and visit St. Mary Church Uniontown PA Diocese of Greensburg
13-16 Parish Mission St. Raphael Parish Pittsburgh
27-28 FOCUS share weekend All Saints Parish Guilford, IN Archdiocese of Indianapolis