Dear Reader: Greg Friedman, OFM, a Journeyman Friar

A cross atop a church in New Mexico

Of all the friars I’ve ever met—and the over years I’ve known more than a few—Greg Friedman, OFM, will go down as one of the most interesting. He is impossible to categorize because he is, in a word, multilayered. For many years, he worked for this company and, in particular, this magazine as one of its editors. But his role over the years at Franciscan Media evolved rapidly and wildly. He composed articles for web and print, yes, but he also produced documentaries and instructional videos, wrote scripts, and hosted a national radio show for many years. On top of that he ministered at St. Francis Seraph Parish in Over-the-Rhine, a block up from our offices. 

Now this journeyman friar is at the province in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thankfully, he’s still connected to our humble ministry. Read Father Greg’s article “Sacred Places, Sacred People,” where he writes about Conventual Franciscan Father Charles McCarthy’s outreach to Indigenous Americans. In typical Father Greg fashion, he weaves a powerful story about culture, faith, forgiveness, and living in harmony with our Indigenous brothers and sisters. We hope you like his story. 

Is he a writer? For sure. A producer? Yep. A poet? A public speaker? An educator? A pilgrimage leader? A friar-of-all-trades? Yes, to all. In this season of gratitude, I’m thankful for friars in the world such as Father Greg. I’m thankful that he continues to share his talents with us and our readers. We’re better for it. 

Have a great Thanksgiving! 


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3 thoughts on “Dear Reader: Greg Friedman, OFM, a Journeyman Friar”

  1. I have enjoyed Friar Greg’s Sunday reflections on the USCCB site. Would love to let him know, somehow, that he has had a very positive impact on my spiritual life! So if you can pas the message along, I would appreciate it!
    Thanks!
    Karin Ewan

    1. I second Karin’s sentiments about Fr. Greg. I too have greatly benefitted from his reflections and have tried to find a website for him to convey my appreciation for his teaching ability and insights. Like Paul says in the to the gospel today, “Brothers and sisters: We were gentle among you, as a nursing mother cares for her children.
      With such affection for you, we were determined to share with you not only the gospel of God, but our very selves as well, so dearly beloved had you become to us.” Fr. Greg has this approach with his audience, kind, caring and purposeful with his commentary. He guides us along providing light with his caring demeanor and voice to those he teaches.

      Thank you, Father!

      Terry

      -I would have commented but do not have my own website and it wouldn’t accept my comment without filling in the requirement for a website.

  2. As I begin the Season of Lent I searched for podcasts and readings presented by Friar Greg Friedman. He presents thoughtful, historical, scripture readings/information in such a respectful, gentle manner. I hope to find his additional comments for Lenten contemplation.
    Thank you,

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