During his life, St. Francis of Assisi was known as the “poverello,” or the poor man who renounced the world to live for Jesus alone.
When Fr. Joseph MacDonald chose a name for his life’s ministry, he wasn’t just paying tribute to a great saint. He also chose to embrace a humble vocation that truly honoured the Franciscan way.
“(St. Francis) moved from serving the lepers to also living among them and Joe (MacDonald) had a very similar experience in this regard,” said retired Bishop John Corriveau. “He was a very simple man. He lived with people he served.”
Capuchin Franciscan friar MacDonald