Reflection: Saved by Hope

Kevin Mackin, OFM Features

The reflection below was published on June 2 on the blog A Franciscan Journey. In it, the author describes the Christian response to the future. We have been celebrating the Easter Mystery these 40-some days: the death and resurrection of Jesus, his ascension to our Father in glory and next Sunday Pentecost or the descent of the Spirit upon the …

May History of Holy Name Province

HNP Communications Features

Notable events that took place in the month of May through the years include the following: One Year Ago May 30, 2018 – Holy Name Province and five other U.S. provinces of the Franciscan Order voted to recommend the formation of one new province. The results of the vote, although conducted separately at six locations, were announced simultaneously to the …

Reflecting on Hope and Resurrection

Daniel Murray, OFM Features

As Holy Week approaches, a friar in Boston looks back at the time that has passed since the start of Lent. I’ll blame it on age! It seems like yesterday that I was making the sign of the cross on worshippers’ foreheads – reminding them to believe in the Good News of Jesus. Ash Wednesday has come and gone. Spring …

An Evolving Perspective on Lent

Kevin Daly, OFM Features

The impact of Lent can change with time. Here, a friar describes how his outlook on the season has evolved as he has matured, describing his evolving attitudes about fasting, abstinence and journeying toward the Easter Resurrection. Since we are amidst the season of Lent, I would like to offer some reflections on the important season and its traditions. In …

Franciscans Respond to Attacks on New Zealand Mosques

Jocelyn Thomas Features

“In the name of the Order of Friars Minor, I wish to express our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the families and friends of the people so brutally murdered today, to the Muslim community of Christchurch and of New Zealand, and to the countless people throughout the world who mourn them.” So began a message from General Minister Fr. Michael …

Reflection: Finding Our Way to God

Kevin Mackin, OFM Features

The reflection below is reprinted from an entry posted on March 24 on the blog A Franciscan Journey. In it, Kevin Mackin, OFM, describes the importance of living life in relationship with God here and beyond GPS apps are a splendid way to navigate and to route around obstacles. It’s a powerful spiritual metaphor. We have a “voice” to guide …

Reflecting on the Message of Lent

George Corrigan, OFM Features

This reflection, adapted from the Franciscan Musings blog, offers a look at Ash Wednesday, providing insights into the symbols of Lent. Our Gospel highlights the three spiritual practices of Lent: prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. The readings all warn of not being gloomy about it all, not being ostentatious so that you’re sure to be noticed, and not to announce your …

March History of Holy Name Province

Jocelyn Thomas Features

Notable events that took place in the month of March through the years include the following: One Year Ago March 10, 2018 – Three friars were ordained deacons at historic St. Peter’s in the Loop Church in Chicago. The group included Casey Cole, OFM, who is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood on June 22. Five Years Ago March …

Franciscan Influences: Four Decades of Spirituality and Compassion

Jacqueline Lanzillo Features

This essay is part of a series about aspects of the Franciscan message that partners-in-ministry find compelling. The previous reflection was written by a former Franciscan Mission Service participant who also served as a Franciscan Volunteer Minister. Below, a St. Bonaventure University graduate, who volunteers her skills to lead the Mt. Irenaeus fundraising efforts, describes why she appreciates the lessons that …

February History of Holy Name Province

Jocelyn Thomas Features

Notable events that took place in the month of February through the years include the following: One Year Ago Feb. 8, 2018 – Patrick Tuttle, OFM, and the parishioners of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenville, S.C., were recognized for their spirit of volunteerism with an award from The Urban League of the Upstate, a non-profit organization in northwest …

Making the Most of a Pilgrimage

Paul O‘Keeffe, OFM Features

Holy Name Province’s secretary for missions and evangelization,  who has been leading groups on trips to historic places since 2012, recently reflected on ways to prepare to go on pilgrimage.. If the world, in the simplest sense, as the phrase attributed to St. Augustine states, “is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page,” then the …

Reflection: My Journey in a Racially Divided Country

John Anglin, OFM Features

As the country commemorates the legacy of the late preacher and civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., a friar reflects on the experiences that affected him and his attitudes. He describes memories of his youth and of events that took place in the 1960s – the period of protests and civil unrest – and of his evolving perspective. Dr. …