During the spring and summer of 2021, the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center at Siena College experienced a major redesign. The hallmark of this renovation includes a series of wall sketches depicting elements from the icon of Francis and the Sultan created by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, of St. Bonaventure University.
In mid-August, personnel on Marine Corp Base Quantico near Triangle, Virginia, were informed that the base would welcome 5,000 refugees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge. They were given three-days’ notice. Agencies in the area began racing against the clock to create temporary shelters and gather supplies for the arriving families. John O’Connor, pastor of nearby St. Francis …
Two decades ago, the nation was rocked by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The sorrow and tragedy of these events hit home for Holy Name Province, when on that seemingly beautiful late summer day in 2001, the community was shocked by the death of one of its own – Mychal Judge, OFM, the FDNY chaplain who rushed to the World Trade Center after hearing that two jumbo jets had struck the twin towers.
Two exciting experiences are being planned for next year that will provide participants with spiritual and educational nourishment – one to the Holy Land, where pilgrims will retrace the footsteps of Jesus during his travels, and the other a journey to historical, sacred Franciscan sites in Italy.
After more than a year of cancellations of in-person events and raising funds through virtual platforms, the Province’s Development Office is planning to once again raise the curtain on its popular “Night of Stars” – an annual event featuring refreshments, entertainment by Broadway performers, and the opportunity for networking with friars and Province friends and supporters.
In recent weeks, relatives of Abraham Joseph, Russel Murray, Dan Nelson, and John O’Connor have died
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.
In recent weeks, the brother of Jim Kelly, sister of David Hyman as well as a longtime partner-in-ministry of the province have died
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
The friars at St. Mary’s Parish acknowledged parishioner Mary Lovely for her more than two decades of ministry service at the northern New Jersey church when they presented her with the Holy Name Province Francis Medal last month at a Sunday morning Mass.
The Provincial Office extends sympathy to the families of friars and friends who have died recently – Lawrence Anderson, Michael Joyce, Jud Weiksnar and former SBU president Damian McElrath
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives around the world in tragic ways, with illness and loss, and in hopeful ways, with the strengthening of relationships and healing of the earth. In the midst of this momentous time, some things have remained constant, including the work of the Province’s Franciscan Volunteer Ministry.