Who are the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal?


Who are the CFRs? – Ascension Press – (8/24/20)

Excerpt: “The friars have made an intentional move toward using media to evangelize the world through their YouTube channel, their Ascension videos, and a music album. These are great examples and insights into the work, sincerity, authenticity, and prayerfulness of the CFRs. Recently, they launched another initiative to reach the faithful and evangelize in a dynamic fashion through media. The Poco a Poco Podcast consists of weekly insights from Fr. Mark-Mary, Fr. Innocent, and Fr. Angelus which highlight the importance of prayer, virtue, and intimacy with Jesus Christ.

The homepage for this newest movement to embrace the culture states:

“The Poco A Poco Podcast is a source of rest, encouragement, refreshment, and renewal for all pilgrims helping them to discern and make the next best step. Poco a Poco, little by little, step by step we’re making our pilgrimage to the Father’s house.”

As a weekly listener, I’ve noticed that the mission of the podcast has been both accomplished and superseded by a unique combination of true joy, evident spirituality that is rooted in personal prayer, and practical tips for drawing closer to Jesus.”


Thomas Griffin teaches Apologetics in the religion department at a Catholic high school on Long Island and lives with his wife. He received a master’s degree in theology and is currently a master’s candidate in philosophy. He writes for several Catholic media outlets.


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