Friars and their partners-in-ministry around the country are offering an abundance of resources and opportunities to their congregations, supporters and friends during the 2021 Lenten season that go beyond the traditional practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. During the six weeks of Lent, a lineup of diverse and compelling reflections, videos and services will be offered online by Holy Name Province friars, ministries, and a network of Franciscans on websites and social media platforms.
Providing spiritual, emotional and social support to students at Province-sponsored institutions of higher education in two upstate New York towns during the pandemic – which is now spanning three academic semesters – has come with unparalleled challenges for those in campus ministry. But chaplains Lawrence Anderson and Gregory Jakubowicz – and other friars and lay people serving on the campus ministry teams at Siena College in Loudonville and St. Bonaventure University in Allegany – have not been deterred from carrying out their missions. As one friar observed, campus ministry doesn’t stop during a pandemic, you just have to persevere and find creative ways of doing things differently.
Friars are mourning the passing of former SBU Board of Trustees chair, relatives of two friars — Mychal Judge and Patrick Morris.
The Franciscan presence in central Georgia nearly doubled when Holy Name Province assigned Patrick Tuttle and Steven Pavignano to serve in ministry at Holy Spirit Parish. They joined an already existing friar fraternity six miles away at St. Peter Claver Parish – which includes William McIntyre, the pastor, and newcomers Rodolfo Ramón Cabrera and Casey Cole.
Christmas traditions, feast days and other events of the December holiday season – like most celebrations in 2020 – were significantly modified because of the coronavirus pandemic. Yet, from a glass-half-full perspective, friars and ministries around Province were a bit more creative than in past years in their celebrations of Christmas, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and related traditions of the Advent and holiday season.
NEW YORK – 2020 was a year that no one will forget. Few could have foreseen the changes that took place in March as parishes, schools and retreat centers closed their doors amid the rise of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Although in-person contact was limited, ministries quickly found new ways to serve their communities, from livestreamed Masses to …
In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, 5.6 million households in the U.S. struggled to put food on the table. With tens of thousands of families turning to food banks for the first time ever, Franciscan outreach and service ministries across the country have been meeting the unprecedented demands – from Virginia, where St. Francis House has been distributing nearly 17 tons of food a week, to Pennsylvania, where St. Francis Inn soup kitchen provided baskets with complete Thanksgiving dinners to 140 families.
Although the pandemic forced it to suspend all programs and close its doors for several months to thousands of visitors, 2020, despite all its abnormalities and enormous challenges, has been a positive year for St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – the interfaith retreat facility established 15 years ago by Louis Canino, on 140 acres of forest preserve.
After reading about the killing on May 25 of George Floyd, Paul O’Keeffe felt compelled to take action. As he spoke with a black friend about racism and the Black Lives Matter protests, Paul asked, “What do you expect me to do as your friend?”
When three friars were scheduled to depart from parishes in downtown Wilmington, where the Province had announced earlier this year its intentions to withdraw from these ministry sites, the pandemic upended plans for a farewell Mass and catered banquet for Paul Williams, pastor of St. Joseph’s, and Rodolfo Ramón-Cabrera, pastor, and Paul Breslin, of St. Paul’s. But parishioners got creative when it was time to exchange goodbyes with the trio of friars.
With pandemic-driven e-commerce retail shopping expected to continue through the holiday season, the online Franciscan Store has launched a Christmas catalog that offers an extensive assortment of gifts and stocking-stuffers. Its products range from rosary beads, medals, bracelets, nativities, and other religious articles handcrafted in Assisi, Italy, to books, religious cards and other spiritual resources written and designed by Franciscan friars and nuns
Relatives of Kevin Mullen, John Gutiérrez, Sharon Berrios have died