I am invited to Coventry (rather than sent to it) for the priestly ordination of a Franciscan friar. The various subdivisions of Franciscans into their evocative-sounding allegiances of Observants, Capuchins and Conventuals is a somewhat specialised study, and to the outsider, one to be approached with a certain trepidation. The Conventual Franciscans are more colloquially known in England by…

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