Franciscan Volunteer Ministry Welcomes New Staff Member

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

The Province’s 2019-20 Franciscan Volunteer Ministry got off to a dynamic start with the hire of a new associate director who shares the same enthusiasm for post-graduate service and with 10 volunteers from six colleges deeply committed to and passionate about spreading Franciscan ideals at ministry sites in three states. Emma Edwards, a native of Connecticut, joined the FVM staff …

Friars Extend Sympathy to Families of Deceased

HNP Communications Around the Province

The friars of the Province are mourning the deaths of a former friar, parish trustee, and relatives of three friars. Jack Dauenhauer, 92, brother of Timothy Dauenhauer, OFM, died on Jan. 16 in Syracuse, New York. John McGuinness, a former trustee of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City, died on Jan. 20 in the Bronx, New York. …

Anniversary Celebration Continues at St. Camillus Parish and St. Francis International School

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

SILVER SPRING, Md.– St. Camillus Parish and St. Francis International School, both located on a 15-acre campus in the large urban community that’s part of the Capital Beltway near Washington, D.C., haven’t quite finished celebrating their 65th anniversary. Events commemorating this milestone, which was marked in 2019, are planned for the new year. The first on Jan. 29, during National …

Francis Medal Presented in NYC to Susan Ford

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

NEW YORK – A post-Christmas/pre-New Year gathering at the friary of Holy Name of Jesus-St. Gregory the Great turned into an early 80th birthday present for Susan Ford when her son Larry Ford, OFM, surprised his mother in front of dozens of family members, friends, and friars. At the Dec. 28 afternoon gathering he presented her with the Holy Name …

Province Extends Sympathy to Families of Deceased

HNP Communications Around the Province

The friars of the Province are mourning the deaths of three friars’ relatives. Robert McIntosh, 91, an affiliate of the Province and father of Jim McIntosh, OFM, died on Dec. 6. A Mass of Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated by Vincent Cushing, OFM, on Jan. 9 in McLean, Virginia. Brian Keenan, 76, brother of Christopher Keenan, OFM, died on Dec. 10 from …

HNP Today’s Top Stories of 2019

Maria Hayes Around the Province

NEW YORK – 2019 was another year of change for Holy Name Province. The friars prepared to conclude the HNP Fraternal Ecology process after two years of evaluating each of its 30 fraternities-in-mission, and closed Holy Name Friary, its skilled nursing facility in Ringwood, N.J. They also gathered with other friars from across the United States in a historic, first-of-its-kind …

Thanksgiving and Advent Activities from Florida to New England

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

Parishes, schools, and ministries throughout the Province have been busy with seasonal holiday activities since the weeks leading to Thanksgiving. From extraordinary outreach initiatives and service projects to timeless traditions, festive events and Advent retreats below is a summary of how friars, parishioners, students, and community members – from Florida to Massachusetts – shared fellowship during the Thanksgiving holiday. They …

Siena Friars Present Francis Medal to Administrator for her ‘Franciscan Heart’

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. – A former Siena College administrator was honored with the Holy Name Province Francis Medal for her more than three decades of work with academically and financially disadvantaged students. Many of those who know Carol Sandoval say that her deep commitment and advocacy work as director of Siena’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) gave more than 300 students, …

School at Virginia Parish Wins National ‘Blue Ribbon’ Distinction

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

TRIANGLE, Va. – Students and staff at St. Francis of Assisi School in a small community in Prince William County have the blues – and they couldn’t be happier. Even the classroom walls could not contain the eruption by students and faculty, whose collective elation and applause reverberated through the corridors on a recent afternoon when John O’Connor, OFM, joined …

Province Extends Sympathy to Families of Deceased

HNP Communications Around the Province

The friars of the Province are mourning the deaths of two friars’ relatives. Aileen Mary Pellettiere, cousin of Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, died on Nov. 3. She had worked as a teacher in Paterson, New Jersey. Rosemary Sevola, 79, mother of Frank Sevola, OFM, of Fredonia, New York, died on Nov. 11. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated …

Celebrating St. Anthony Shrine’s Friars and Outreach to Those in Need

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

BOSTON – For close to three-quarters of a century it has been known as the church on Arch Street, an oasis for prayer, reconciliation and reflection – where a team of more than 20 Franciscan friars of Holy Name Province serves downtown Boston, with emphasis on ministering to the poor, homeless, alienated and abandoned through nearly 30 ministry and outreach programs. …

Film Festival Highlights Challenges of Migrants and Cry of the Poor

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

NEW YORK – Gospel messages abounded in the more than 25 independent movies screened at the Migrant Center of New York’s sixth Indie and Foreign Film Festival. The three-day event, held last month at the Province’s San Damiano Hall on West 31st Street, provided attendees with the unique opportunity to view films with social justice themes while learning about important …