FATHER GERMAIN KRIZMANICH, OFM


Shortly after serving in the United States Air Corps in the Southwest Pacific during World War II, a young ex-Marine came to St. Francis Seminary as a special Student. He continued through the novitiate, Duns Scotus and Oldenberg until his ordination in 1956. After serving as assistant pastor in Buras, Louisiana and Southfield, Michigan, Fr. Germain was appointed Cursillo Director for the Archdiocese of Cincinnati in April 1963. Cursillo means "little course" and refers to a long weekend (Thursday night through Sunday) of teaching, prayer and reflection about Jesus and the Good News of Salvation. Ten talks are given by lay people who have previously had a Cursillo and received further formation. Five talks are offered by a priest or religious. The Cursillo Movement began in Spain and was originally intended for men but now includes women - separate Cursillo groups for each gender. Germain directed the Cursillo program for 18 years, offering weekends and follow-up training in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and around the country.

In 1981 Fr. Germain become the pastor at St. Francis Seraph (Liberty and Vine in Cincinnati). Shortly after arriving he facilitated the development of a nearby soup kitchen and involving himself deeply in the local neighborhood. Many cursillistas still contribute energy and money to enable St. Francis Soup Kitchen to serve evening meals three days a week to over 400 people. On Thanksgiving and Christmas weeks, over thirteen hundred are fed. Over the years, many different church groups - including students from the Hebrew Union College, Baptists from North Carolina, and others have volunteered to fix and serve the meals. The " Soup Kitchen" is a joyful example of the true Franciscan spirit in action.

In 1994, Germain became the associate pastor of St. Bonaventure Parish in Cincinnati and the following year, added responsibilities as part time chaplain at Drake Hospital Center.

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