Brother Henry Fulmer celebrates 25 years as a Franciscan

ANDERSON—Brother Henry Fulmer, a Franciscan Friar of the Holy Name Province, celebrated 25 years as a member of his religious order this summer.

The Aiken native is the pastoral associate of St. Joseph Church in Anderson. He is also a permanent deacon.

“Though I knew I didn’t want to be a priest, part of me wanted to do the sacramental parts of ministry,” he said in a press release from the order. “I enjoy being a brother and enjoy ministry to other people.”

Brother Henry professed his first vows as a friar in 1988. He was ordained a deacon in 1996 at St. Paul Church in Wilmington, Del., and recently served at St. Martin de Porres Church in Columbia. In 2011, Brother Henry was assigned to St. Joseph in Anderson, where he has since served as deacon and pastoral associate.

The best part of being a member of Holy Name Province, he said, “is our Franciscan hospitality, and being one of the branches of the Church that people can identify with. They see the simplicity of our life. We are very down to earth.”

Brother Henry and 10 other friars marking golden and silver anniversaries of profession were honored by Holy Name Province at the annual jubilee celebration on June 20 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York.

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