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 (March 2023)

Dear brothers and sisters,

Peace and all-Goodness.

"All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." (Francis of Assisi)

With the Feast of St. Joseph quickly approaching this month, I invite each member of the Franciscan Order of the Divine Compassion to focus diligently on the enlightening example of the holy Patriarch, as God’s faithful servant in constant, paternal, and loving contact with the child Jesus.

Joseph dedicated his entire life to caring for Jesus with a father’s love, and he taught Him, in the human realm many things, especially about hard work. At the same time, imagine how much Joseph would have learned simply by being with a Child who was God. The Lord himself teaches us: "learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart" (St. Matthew 11:29). May Joseph help us to contemplate the Lord, both in the Holy Gospel and in the Tabernacle so that, with the motherly intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we may become more gentle, more humble, and more filled with divine compassion. Then, by the grace of the Holy Ghost, our hearts will be filled with greater love for God almighty and all other people.

Let us seek St. Joseph’s intercession and ask him to extend his fatherly protection to us and the entire world.

Your Father blesses you with all his affection,

+Seraphim Mary, OSF

Ottawa, 1 March 2023