Bronx to Name Street in Honor of Franciscans

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BRONX, N. Y. — The Holy Name Province friars will become part of the Bronx’s permanent history next month, when the Franciscans have a street named for them behind the friary where they ministered for 87 years.

Franciscan Way will replace a portion of Thieriot Avenue in the Bronx, between Randall and Seward avenues, to commemorate the Holy Name friars who ministered at Holy Cross Parish. The parish will celebrate the official naming of Franciscan Way by the New York City Department of Transportation on June 14, the Feast of Corpus Christi.

Todd Carpenter, OFM, pastor at Holy Cross before the Province turned over administration to the Archdiocese of New York last year, will preside at the 12:30 p.m. Mass, which will include a procession with the Most Blessed Sacrament leading around Franciscan Way. The church’s annual street fair will follow.

“It has been almost a year since we said farewell to the friars of Holy Name Province who had served Holy Cross Parish for 87 years,” said Fr. Peter Pomposello, pastor of the church. “We have planned a parish event to honor their memory.”

Fr. Pomposello invites all friars to the Mass and street fair June 14. It will be a special celebration, said Todd, who is currently pastor of St. Paul’s Church in Wilmington, Del.