Order Update: Friar Creates Unique Use for Empty Friaries in Spain

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The following descriptions summarize recent news from the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found by visiting the links to the news items mentioned as well as by following the Order of Friars Minor on Facebook and Twitter for information throughout the month. ► Two years ago, the Franciscan friary of Betanzos in Galicia, Spain, was left empty due to a …

US-6 Councils Meet in St. Louis, Other ESC News

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following updates summarize news from the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor, comprising of provinces and custodies from Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, and the United States. Follow the ESC on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information throughout the month. ► The provincial councils of the US-6 provinces are meeting near St. Louis this week to continue discussions …

Franciscan deaths

Deaths in Franciscan Communities

HNP Communications Franciscan World

The Province is mourning the recent passing of a friar from St. John the Baptist Province and two Franciscan sisters. Sr. Eileen Rynne, OSF, 97, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., died on Aug. 6. Sr. M. Marie Giodava, OSF, 81, a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis, died on Aug. 13 in Bethlehem, Pa. Fr. David …

Order Update: General Minister Releases Follow-up Letter to Plenary Council

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following descriptions summarize recent news from the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found by visiting the links to the news items mentioned as well as by following the Order of Friars Minor on Facebook and Twitter for information throughout the month. ►The July 2018 Tempo Forte, or meeting, included a discussion of the activities of the General …

ESC Update: Religious Archivists Gather for Inaugural Conference

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following updates summarize news from the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor, comprised of provinces and custodies from Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, and the United States. Follow the ESC on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information throughout the month. ►Provincial Minister Fr. Mark Soehner, OFM, released a personal statement on the cruelty of family separation at …

Franciscan deaths

Deaths in Franciscan Communities

HNP Communications Franciscan World

Holy Name Province is mourning the recent passing of two friars and a Franciscan sister. Sr. Alma Glenn, OSF, 87, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany, N.Y., died on April 12 at St. Elizabeth Motherhouse in Allegany. Fr. Wilfred Soucy, OFM, 94, a member of St. Joseph Province in Eastern Canada, died on July 8. Br. Gordon Hayes, …

Formators Meet in Wappingers Falls for Congress

Gregory Plata, OFM Franciscan World

WAPPINGERS FALLS, N.Y. — Representatives of 12 provinces within the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor met from July 1 through July 8 at the Alvernia Retreat Center for a Continental Congress about formation. Hosted by the friars of Immaculate Conception Province, the participants included the seven provinces of the United States, along with the Christ the King …

Plenary Council Concludes in Kenya

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

NAIROBI, Kenya — The Order’s Plenary Council concluded on June 28 with a liturgy and an address from General Minister Fr. Michael Perry, OFM. For 17 days, friars from conferences around the world gathered to share their experiences and challenges as Friars Minor in the 21st century. The Plenary Council’s purpose is to provide assistance to the General Minister and …

Order’s Plenary Council Underway in Kenya

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

NAIROBI, Kenya — The sound of African drums in the garden of the Dimesse House of Spirituality heralded the beginning of the opening liturgy of the Plenary Council of the Order of Friars Minor on June 12. In his homily, General Minister Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, welcomed the friar-representatives from conferences around the world and encouraged them to return to …

Deaths in Franciscan Communities

HNP Communications Franciscan World

Holy Name Province is mourning the recent passing of four friars and a Franciscan sister. Br. James Boyle, TOR, 71, a member of the Sacred Heart Province of the Franciscans, Third Order Regular, died May 30 in Pittsburgh. Fr. Dominic Hession, OFM, 79, a member of the Province of Ireland, died on June 7 in South Africa. Two members of …

Order Update: Franciscans Award Angela Merkel ‘Lamp of Peace’

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following descriptions summarize recent news from the Order of Friars Minor. Additional details can be found by visiting the links to the news items mentioned as well as by following the Order of Friars Minor on Facebook and Twitter for information throughout the month. ►German Chancellor Angela Merkel was awarded the St. Francis Peace Lamp during a ceremony on May …

Richard Rohr Honored, Other ESC News

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following updates summarize news from the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor, comprised of provinces and custodies from Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta, and the United States. Follow the ESC on Facebook and Twitter for up-to-date information throughout the month. ►The spring meeting of the provincial ministers of the English-speaking Conference was held from April 9 to …