Meeting the Franciscan Challenge

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

The Province’s annual appeal, a major source of funding for outreach ministries and programs throughout Holy Name Province, is underway – but don’t worry. You won’t be asked to plunge into frigid ocean waters or run a 5K race to meet this challenge, promises David Convertino.

Siena, St. Bonaventure Graduate 1,400+ Students – in Person

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

What a difference a year makes! Despite some pandemic-related modifications and continuing safety protocols, more than 1,400 students of the class of 2021 at two Holy Name Province-sponsored colleges were able to graduate in person

Guardian Frank Sevola (left) watches as Shrine Rector Tom Conway demolishes something. (Photo courtesy of Julianne Gauron)

St. Anthony Shrine Women’s Medical Clinic Receives Major Renovation

Stephen Mangione Around the Province, Home Page – News

A Franciscan-based healthcare ministry that has become a beacon for one of the city’s most vulnerable and medically underserved populations has received a $1.3 million renovation.
A new handicap-accessible bathroom with shower amenities, an additional state-of-the-art examination room, a modernized and comfortable waiting area, and a new private drug and alcohol counseling room are among the features of the extensive upgrades at the Women’s Medical Clinic at St. Anthony Shrine – which has become a leading provider of healthcare to homeless women living on the streets of downtown Boston.

Siena College and St. Bonaventure University held a friendly competition this month to see which institution could raise more donations. (Photo from SBU Facebook page)

Generosity Abounds at Province Ministries During Pandemic

Stephen Mangione Around the Province, Home Page – News

Not since The Great Depression have unemployment, food insecurity and financial struggles been as severe for families across the country – particularly in areas served by Holy Name Province outreach ministries. How have longtime HNP ministries – St. Francis Inn, Francis House, the Breadline – been able to sustain the support of donors and benefactors so that they could meet the burgeoning needs created by the pandemic? Friars and laypeople share their thoughts on the challenges of raising funds, navigating the pressure on their resources, and meeting increased demands.

The friars at St. Francis Friary in New York City are delivering seasonal messages as part of their “Daily Reflections with the Friars” series.

Virtual Lenten Programs Around the Province

HNP Communications Around the Province

Student friars in Chicago shoot one-minute reflection videos on-location, friars lead a hymn sing-along in Hartford, virtual scripture classes in Triangle, a Spanish Lenten retreat and the Greener Lent initiative in Durham, kids color then pray Stations of the Cross in Macon, and more Lent-related events provided online.