New Bedford native to be ordained Franciscan Friar by bishop

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — While he generally presides over the ordination of diocesan priests within the confines of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Fall River, Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will confer the Sacrament of Holy Orders onto a New Bedford native in his hometown.

Friar Terrance (Karl Michael) Chartier will be ordained a priest by Bishop da Cunha on Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m. inside Our Lady’s Chapel in downtown New Bedford.

Born in New Bedford on June 16, 1978 to Nancy L. Chartier and Carl Corras, Friar Terrance was baptized at St. Julie Billiart Church in North Dartmouth and was raised by his grandparents, Philip E. and Winifred M. Chartier. He grew up on County Street in the city and was a parishioner at St. Lawrence Martyr Church. At the age of 13, he and his family moved to Fairhaven.

Friar Terrance graduated from Holy Family-Holy Name School in 1992, Bishop Stang High School in 1996, and Northeastern University in Boston in 2002, where he studied architecture and worked in the architectural field in the Boston area during and after his schooling for a number of years.

After discerning a call to religious life, he spent five months as a Jesuit novice in 2003 in upstate New York near Le Monye College.

He was “called out of the Jesuits by Our Lady,” as he said, and in 2007 he entered the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate after getting the know the order and its members at their chapel in downtown New Bedford.

Friar Terrance spent time in formation to the Franciscan way of life again in upstate New York near Syracuse and in Connecticut. In 2009 he was sent to Italy to pursue studies for the priesthood. He completed his theological studies in Rome in June of 2017, graduating from the Salesian Pontifical University.

Friar Terrance took his name as the male version of St. Teresa of the Little Flower, his favorite saint.

When asked why he decided to be a religious and a priest after having studied and trained to be an architect, Friar Terrance simply responded: “Heaven only knows. It’s as much of a mystery to me as it is to anyone else.”

The priestly ordination of Friar Terrance J.M. Chartier to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., will take place on Saturday, October 21 at 10 a.m. at Our Lady Chapel’s, 600 Pleasant Street, New Bedford.

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