This page is dedicated to those Friars who are now resting in the peace of God. We remember and miss them, but take comfort knowing they’re at peace in the warm embrace of God.
Br. Ambrose Eischens, OFM Conv.,
After working 14 years for the US Postal Service, Friar Ambrose Eischens OFM Conv. joined the Conventual Franciscans in his mid-30s. From then on, in his service to God’s people and his fellow Friars, his work and prayer combined to the point where they became one and the same. A big man with a bass singing voice that matched his body, he overwhelmed people not with his size, but with his gentle nature and humble spirit. He served as Retreat Center Director at Prior Lake from 1989-1997.
Br. Ambrose died Wednesday, December 20, in New Albany Indiana. He professed Simple Vows on August 1, 1977, and Solemn Vows on August 19, 1980.
A passion for bringing out the best in those around him, matched with a profound spiritual life of prayer and devotion, made Friar Jude Rochford OFM Conv. an ideal teacher and guide for people young and old. This was especially true in his 40 years with the growing community of Conventual Franciscan Friars in Zambia, Africa, for whom he was ‘Malama’: a Bemba language name for a caring, firm, and determined mentor.
Fr. Jude passed away on November 27, 2017, in Shakopee, Minnesota. He professed Simple Vows July 13, 1947, and Solemn Vows on July 14, 1950. He was ordained a priest on May 30, 1955.
It is with the greatest sadness that I must share the following news, our dear Fr. Juniper Cummings was called by Sister Death at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, May 26 at St. Gertrude’s Health Center in Shakopee, MN. Fr. Juniper was 93 years old; he had been a Franciscan Friar for 72 years, and a Franciscan priest for 67 years.
Fr. Howard (1930-2011) was an engaging and dynamic presence at the Retreat House. He began to write daily homilies that appeared on this website until his death. These homilies reflect his deep love of the Scriptures and his thoughtful insight into our journey of faith. In recovery for over thirty-seven years, Fr. Howard’s personal spirituality was deeply influenced by the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous. We hope that his words will continue to console and inspire those who read them.