The co-founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and former host to EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime died Oct. 3, the vigil of his patron, St. Francis of Assisi, at age 81.
BY REGISTER STAFF
NEW YORK — Franciscan Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, well-known preacher and a founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, died on Friday at age 81 after an extended illness.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Father Benedict. He was an example to us all,” said Father John Paul Ouellette, community servant of the Friars of the Renewal in a statement. “His fidelity and service to the Church and commitment to our Franciscan way of life will have a tremendous impact for generations to come.”