Francis Medal Presented to Three at Manhattan Parish

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

NEW YORK – On a day of significance in the Franciscan world, two longtime volunteers and a parish secretary at Holy Name of Jesus-St. Gregory the Great Church were honored with the HNP Francis Medal in recognition of their outstanding service to the Franciscans and selfless generosity of their time and talent to the parish community. Larry Ford, OFM, guardian …

Sharing Stories from Frontlines of Healthcare

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

This article is part of a series about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of Holy Name Province. Previous articles explored the impact on Mass and prayer, college teaching, fraternal life, outreach to people in need, emotional health, and elementary schools in parishes where friars provide pastoral and administrative service. The impact of COVID-19 has been especially taxing on healthcare workers. …

Province Extends Sympathy to Families of Deceased

HNP Communications Around the Province

The friars of Holy Name Province extend sympathy to the families of three friars who recently died. Patrick Critch, 61, of Newfoundland, Canada, brother of Frank Critch, OFM, died on Aug. 2 after having been involved in an industrial accident on July 31 in western Canada. His is the second death this year of a member of the Critch family; …

Laudato Si’ and What Is Ours to Do

HNP Communications Around the Province

The Franciscans are seeking to ignite a revolution. It is a call to a holistic ecological and social transformation within the Franciscan life and ministry as well as within the larger world. The Laudato Si’ Revolution was officially launched by the Order, appropriately on May 24. That day marks the fifth anniversary of the encyclical in which the pope provides …

Ministries Commemorate Juneteenth

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

The death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, dramatic nationwide acts of civil disobedience against racial and social injustice, and mounting support for Black Lives Matter brought greater meaning and attention to this year’s Juneteenth – the oldest nationally-celebrated commemoration of the end to slavery in the United States. Throughout the Province, friars and their partners-in-ministry …

Counselors Provide Calm in Pandemic Storm

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

This article is part of a series about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on various aspects of Holy Name Province.  Previous articles explored the impact on Mass and prayer, college teaching, fraternal life, outreach to people in need, and elementary schools in parishes where friars provide pastoral and administrative service. The numbers are staggering – more than one-third of the nation’s population …

Bells of Remembrance Toll on Siena Campus

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

LOUDONVLLE, N.Y. – Three massive bells – known as the Bells of Remembrance – whose history with the Franciscans began nearly two decades ago, tolled on the campus of Siena College on a late Monday afternoon last month as a symbol of justice and unity. Standing socially distant beneath sunny skies, friars, members of the college’s administration, and recent graduates …

Franciscans Bid Farewell to UGA

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

ATHENS, Ga. – Against the backdrop of strong winds, sheets of rain and a global pandemic, the friars and community at the Catholic Center at the University of Georgia bid farewell to each other on a weekend filled with fond memories, well wishes, and tears of joy and sadness. On the weekend of June 27, the friars’ goodbyes to the …

Province Extends Sympathy to Families of Deceased

HNP Communications Around the Province

The friars of Holy Name Province extend condolences to their brothers who have recently lost loved ones. Edythe Burch, 104, grandmother of David Blake, OFM, died on July 7 in Schuylerville, New York. Patricia Younglove, 85, sister of the late Roderic Petrie, OFM, died on June 28 in Alabama. Editor’s note: Contact information for survivors of the deceased can be …

Triangle Parish Creates Security Committee to Protect Worshippers

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

TRIANGLE, Va. – The statistics are mind-numbing – 417 mass shootings in the United States in 2019, outpacing the number of days in the year. Not surprisingly, attacks in houses of worship throughout the world occurred with greater frequency last year than at any other time in history. From the coordinated bomb blasts on Easter Sunday at churches in Sri …

Vocation Office Creates Vibrant Posters to Awaken the Call

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

NEW YORK – Is God calling you – or someone you know – to be a Franciscan? That’s the message jumping off vibrant posters distributed last month to pastors, guardians and regional vocation directors around the Province to awaken the call of men who may be considering religious vocations. The invitation to discernment of a Franciscan life is made compelling …

Elementary Schools Finish Year with Online Classes — and Creativity

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

This article is part of a series about how the social distancing guidelines put into place in March, when the coronavirus broke out in the United States, affected aspects of life. Previous articles described the pandemic’s impact on Mass and prayer, college teaching, fraternal life, and outreach to people in need. With little time to switch to remote lessons when schools were …