Our Minister General

Br. Seraphim Mary, OSF was born to a military family from Ontario, Canada. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Law as well as a Master of Arts in Law and Jurisprudence from Carleton University. He also completed a Bachelor of Education from the University of Ottawa and teaches in Eastern Ontario. Seraphim Mary was awarded a Doctor of Laws for his doctoral-level studies at Carleton University and his work in Canon Law from Saint Stephen Harding Theological College and Seminary. Having been ordained to the diaconate on October 3, 2002, he has served within the Anglican, Orthodox and Roman Catholic communions respectively. He completed post-ordinational studies at the University of Notre Dame.

As a professed Oblate-member and Minister General of the Franciscan Order of Divine Compassion (FODC), Seraphim Mary seeks to surrender his life to Christ through his service to the community. He does this through modelling the footsteps and spirit of St. Francis of Assisi, observing a 'regula vita' and living a life in conformity with FODC Credenda.

He describes himself as an evangelical Catholic who is committed to The Anglican Way and believes that Saint Francis was right when he said that “all the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle”.

Pastoral Message

My dear sons and daughters,

Peace and all-Goodness.

We have begun the month of May, which is especially dedicated to our Lady, with joy and thanksgiving to God almighty for the gift that is our shared vocation with the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion. Let us ponder how Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that "man has only so much knowledge as he puts to work" and that while "our actions are our own; their consequences belong to Heaven''. This wisdom is simple and reinforces our relationship with Catholic truth and the work of our hands.

In a special way let us also go to Our Lady, Queen of the Seraphic Order, to pray for all Franciscans worldwide, asking that we receive and preserve the gift of our collective vocation with grateful love, as faithful servants of our Triune God.

The Blessed Virgin Mary, who is the Mother of all believers, will be celebrated in a special way at the close of this month when we remember the joy of the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. At their meeting, John the Baptist leaped in the womb of Elizabeth, and she blessed Mary and the Christ Child. Mary, in turn, responded with the famous Magnificat praising the Lord:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
    my spirit rejoices in God my saviour."

With a renewed joy and trust in our Catholic faith, let us have recourse to Mary’s motherly mediation.

Your Father blesses you with all his affection,

+Seraphim Mary, OSF

Ottawa, 1 May 2023