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Fr. Benedict Groeschel Dies, Aged 81 Print E-mail
by Tom McGregor    Fri, Oct 10, 2014, 12:42 AM

Fr. Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, died at the age of 81 on October 1.

According to the Daily Telegraph of London, "Fr Benedict Groeschel, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, who has died aged 81, was a preacher, author and popular religious broadcaster; his chief love was always his work with the poor and with troubled young people."

Fr. Benedict Groeschel devoted his Roman Catholic spiritual duties to caring for the youth in impoverished circumstances.

As reported by the Telegraph, "Fr Groeschel was a friend of Mother Teresa of Calcutta and helped her set up a convent in New York in the 1970s; he also established the St Francis House for homeless young men and the Good Counsel House for pregnant unsupported young women in the city. Later, with his long beard and distinctive grey habit, he became a familiar figure to viewers of the Eternal Word Television Network, the Alabama-based international Catholic station. As a spiritual writer he published more than 40 books; he gave retreats and spoke at conferences around the world, and contributed to a range of Catholic and secular magazines and newspapers."

The Franciscan Friars of the Renewal continues to increase in size with new members entering the religious order.

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