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.

Lenten Resources from Province, Ministries and Franciscan Service Network

HNP Communications Around the Province

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.

Campus Ministry Life During a Pandemic

Stephen Mangione Around the Province, Home Page – News

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.

Rodolfo Ramón Cabrera celebrates Mass in Spanish at St. Peter Claver Parish. (Photo courtesy of the friars)

Province Expands Ministry in Macon

Stephen Mangione Around the Province, Home Page – News

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.

A scene from the traditional "Snow Mass" celebrated in Buffalo. (Photo courtesy of Jud Weiksnar)

Creativity Displayed During Holiday Season Around Province

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

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.

A person types on a laptop computer.

Most-read HNP Today Stories of 2020

Maria Hayes Around the Province

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 …