Fr. Andrew Apostoli, C.F.R., was a leader in the founding of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a strict order that lives the austere Franciscan life to the letter. They seek to live among the poorest of people and have a policy that if a local community improves and becomes wealthier, then they must leave and move to a more deprived area. They have a house in the suburbs of Limerick city in Ireland and in the South Bronx of New York.
In 1988, Fr Andrew influenced the founding of the Franciscan Sisters of the Renewal.
A regular host on EWTN, Fr Andrew is a world expert on the apparitions of Our Lady at Fatima. Ignatius Press published his book Fatima for Today, which offered rebuttals to Fatima campaigners who argue that the Third Secret has not been fully revealed. Fr Andrew uses the story of Fatima to illuminate many complex subjects, and believes that, if properly understood, the fact that Our Lady appeared at Fatima should lead to better relations between Christians and Muslims. Fr Andrew quotes Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s point that Our Lady’s appearance at Fatima, a place named after Mohammed’s favourite daughter, is a sign of Our Lady’s love for the Muslim people.
He is the Vice-Postulator for the cause for the canonization of Archbishop Fulton Sheen and the author of numerous books, including What to Do When Jesus is Hungry, Fatima for Today, Following Mary to Jesus: Our Lady as Mother, Teacher, and Advocate and Walk Humbly With Your God: Simple Steps to a Virtuous Life.