First Friday Friars

The Catholic Men's Organization, Since 1959

Join Us For Our Next Meeting:

Friday, March 5, 2021

11:30 a.m. on Zoom

A Catholic men’s organization with over 200 members, First Friday Friars has met on the first Friday of the month for more than 50 years. A novena of First Friday Masses, THE ORANGE CONFERENCE CENTER  300 South Flower Street  Orange, CA 92868 interesting speakers, and luncheon are provided  Guests and prospective members are always welcome.

First Friday Friars January Presidents' Letter

March 2021                                                              
Greetings Brother Friars!     
I hope you are all having a blessed start to our Lenten Season and are looking forward to a new beginning of hope, prosperity, and health.

Our meeting this past February 2021, was a great success.  Mass was livestreamed from the Santiago Retreat Center, and conducted by Father Glenn Baaten, our own Chaplain. A gentle reminder to our viewers for both Mass and our general meeting: Please mute your speakers when you are not talking. Background noise is very distracting and disrespectful to our Celebrant and Speakers.

In our February program, we heard a great historian, Professor Ron Rychlak, the author of several books about Pope Pius XII. He discussed two fascinating topics during the same session: (1) Issues surrounding Pope Pius XII’s papacy during the occupation of Rome by the Nazis; and, (2) Information about his new book, Disinformation. This new book is about Russian misconduct as it has affected the world for some time now.   You can find the YouTube video link to Ron's talk on our First Friday Friar website.
As a reminder to our viewing audience, Professor Rychlak’s book will be purchased by the Friars for your personal reading. John O’Neill’s book, The Fisherman’s Tomb, was also purchased. Both books are available free to our members for pickup from Friar John Aust’s office in Orange, 219 E. Chapman Ave, Orange (weekdays only).
Our March 6th speaker will be Alan Clinton. Alan is the Athletic Director and nationwide renown Wrestling Coach at Servite High School.  As one of the top Athletic Directors in the State, he offers a unique perspective on the impact COVID-19 restrictions have on high school and college athletes.  You will receive the Zoom link via email next week.   
Your Board of Directors is busy with two projects to enhance your First Friday Friars membership experience.   (1) We are in the process of building a new website that is more user friendly, interactive and links to other social media platforms.   If you know of any website designers who would be interested in helping, please contact Vice President, Hugh Lynch (    Hugh will chair our newly formed Website Improvement Project with John Aust, Bob Hengstebeck, and Bill Flood.    (2) We have also created a Vision Committee at the suggestion of Past President, Bill Flood. The Vision Committee will address strategies and action plans to increase and enhance our membership. The committee consists of Gene Hernandez, Don Hunsberger, John Aust, and Hugh Lynch.   All suggestions are welcomed!

Finally, your Board of Directors has decided, that due to the COVID-19 induced change in our monthly meeting format (from in-person lunch to Zoom), we will be decreasing our annual membership dues to $100 per year starting in March. We encourage all of you to participate on Zoom until we are able to return to our in-person meetings.   We also hope you will support the following First Friday Friar sponsors:  AFLAC (Joe Kristofl), Body Well Fitness (Gil Yurly), Hunsberger Dunn & Associates (Don Hunsberger), John Aust Real Estate Company (John Aust), Santiago Retreat Center (Dan Dulac) and Orange Catholic Foundation.

Faithfully yours in Christ Jesus,
Gene Hernandez
Gene Hernandez, President
First Friday Friars

We have a great addition available to you at these web sites.

These are the last 4 videos of previous meetings.  ENJOY!

            John O'Neill               Fr. Gary Thomas - Exorcist












   The Third Miracle - Sr. Jan Craven        Professor Ron Ryc






Bob Hengstebeck


Founded in 1959, the First Friday Friars meets on the first Friday of the month to share the Catholic faith and fellowship. We share mass, a meal and enjoy a speaker on a topic of interest to our community.

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