Aleteia logoAleteia logo
Friday 17 September |
Saint of the Day: St. Hildegard of Bingen
home iconInspiring Stories
line break icon

Exclusive Photos: As I have loved you…Holy Thursday in the South Bronx


Jeffrey Bruno

Jeffrey Bruno - published on 04/19/19

A rare peek at the celebration of the Mass of the Lord's Supper at the Friary where the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal began

The South Bronx has been the stage to many of New York City’s most fascinating stories; from the thick smoke of the 1970s when the borough was engulfed in flames, to the tales of the famous 44th Precinct, dubbed Fort Apache, to the home of the New York Yankees and the birthplace of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal back in the early 1980’s.

From their humble origins, the Friars and Sisters landed here following in the footsteps of St. Francis and Mother Teresa in their mission to serve Christ in those most in need of compassion and care. In this “Calcutta” of the city, the scourge of poverty and all the related challenges are met with love and respect by the Friars and Sisters whose spirituality is lived out every day amongst the poor and homeless.

And on Holy Thursday, the Friars opened their doors to those seeking the love of Christ to invite them to participate in the Mass of the Lord’s Supper.

Those present commemorated the day when Jesus demonstrated the way we are to love one another in the washing of the Apostles feet and spoke these words that have a powerful meaning to all Christians. :

“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

As the Celebrant washed the feet of those present, a renewed call to holiness flowed through the actions for all to witness.

The men and women who live out their call in this humble friary in the South Bronx are a living testimony to these words. And while the celebration of the day recalls the edict of selfless love in a beautiful way, they are no strangers to the daily practice of this in this real world setting in the alleys of the South Bronx.

So around the world this evening the example is set before us. “Love one another, as I have loved you…” A renewed call to embrace the love that Christ has offered to us and a renewed call to offer this same love to others without exception, without condition…just as Christ does so for us.

Holy WeekLent

Support Aleteia!

If you’re reading this article, it’s thanks to the generosity of people like you, who have made Aleteia possible.

Here are some numbers:

  • 20 million users around the world read every month
  • Aleteia is published every day in seven languages: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, and Slovenian
  • Each month, readers view more than 50 million pages
  • Nearly 4 million people follow Aleteia on social media
  • Each month, we publish 2,450 articles and around 40 videos
  • We have 60 full time staff and approximately 400 collaborators (writers, translators, photographers, etc.)

As you can imagine, these numbers represent a lot of work. We need you.

Support Aleteia with as little as $1. It only takes a minute. Thank you!

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
Cerith Gardiner
Our favorite stories of celebrities who inspire us in daily life
Philip Kosloski
How receiving Holy Communion can drive away demons
Kathleen N. Hattrup
Pope considers what to do with pro-abortion Catholic politicians
Berthe and Marcel
Lauriane Vofo Kana
This couple has the longest marriage in France
As irmãs biológicas que se tornaram freiras no instituto Iesu Communio
Francisco Veneto
The 5 biological sisters who joined the religious life in just tw...
Philip Kosloski
Why is the feast of the Holy Cross celebrated on September 14?
Philip Kosloski
This prayer to St. Anthony is said to have “never been known to f...
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.