Join us on May 14-17 (Monday to Thursday) for our Spring Parish Mission with Fr Stan Fortuna, CFR — Franciscan Roman Catholic Priest and Musician. We will have 7:00 PM Mass every evening with an extended homily and reflection by Fr Stan.
We hope you can join us! For more information on Fr Stan Fortuna, read his short bio (right column of page) or visit his website: www.francescoproductions.com.
GETTING TO KNOW FR STAN FORTUNA
Fr Stan Fortuna C.F.R., a Roman Catholic priest ordained on December 8, 1990, is one of eight founding members of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal (an order established in the Archdiocese of New York under the jurisdiction of John Cardinal O’Connor).
While studying to enter the priesthood, Fr. Stan was working in Spanish Harlem during his formation years. It was there that he encountered hip-hop firsthand in the street, a style he refers to as ‘rhythm and rhyme’, and was captivated by its improvisational nature. He heard people in the neighborhood ‘rap’ about their daily lives/struggles, and he soon learned how to integrate this phenomenon and technique into his own heart and music. In time and with the encouragement of his community, he developed an affinity for this art form and started using rap to reach out to the less fortunate and beyond.
Fr Stan has been involved with community development and implementation of social programs in his neighbourhood of the South Bronx for over 25 years when the religious order started in 1987. That same year, Fr Stan established his non-profit company Francesco Productions, mixing music and message.