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By Fr. Robert M. Hutmacher, OFM

I have a copy of our great grandfather’s visa to leave the Kingdom of Prussia in 1854 from what is now Rheinland-Pfalz in western Germany.  It’s a document filled with both German Fraktur print and florid 19th century script.  Gustav Hutmacher emigrated to the German enclave in Quincy, Illinois and soon opened a small grocery store/tavern.  My father, Julius, was born in Gustav’s family home on north 12th Street bordered on one side by Hutmacher Lane. My mother’s family emigrated from Ireland and we’ve traced our Irish roots all the way back into the 18th century from Cork and Dublin.  Our family’s German-Irish story is just one among millions in the great 19th century immigration wave into the United States, including the friars expelled from Germany who founded our own Franciscan Province of the Sacred Heart.       Immigration continues to be an issue that demands headlines and inflames table discussions.

Read the entire article, IMMIGRATION 2018 (download as pdf)



The Nature Suite by Fr. Bob


The Nature Suite’s sixteen movements are uplifting, joyful, tender and rooted in the realities of natural beauty all around us.  My years as a Franciscan have given me a deep sensitivity to human nature and to the splendors of life in its fullness.  I am grateful that I am a musician and have such a splendid manner to express the richness of life as I perceive it.

This collection has been a joy to produce with my friends, Orchestra da Camera di Perugia.   Each movement captures one place or element or creature in a particular style.  My background as a child of the Midwest U.S is apparent in the sounds captured in The Nature Suite. I believe this collection came from personal creativity and divine inspiration.  Without words the listener can experience what I have in the marvels of creation


Listen and buy it today. Available at:CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and 95+ outlets for digital download and streaming worldwide.


The Franciscan Legionnaire Articles by Fr. Bob

Live with Hope in an Imperfect World (January 2018)

Assisi Treasure (September 2017)

The Basilica of St. Clare (August 2017)

Chiesa Nuova (July 2017)

San Damiano (June 2017)

The Salutation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (May 2017)

This is Lent  (March 2017)

What Shall We Do? (January 2017)

Dreams of Peace (December 2016) 

Dreams (November 2016)

Embrace the Differences (September 2016)

It's Time to Talk Honestly (August 2016)

Church, State, and Election Year (July 2016)

New, New, New (January 2016)

A Composer's Conversion (February 2016)

Acknowledge God Above All Else (March 2016)

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