St. Anthony Friary with the new addition, at right. (Photo courtesy of Paul Chelus)

Butler Friary Unveils New Safety and Comfort Upgrades

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The 116-year-old St. Anthony’s Friary in northern New Jersey – home to nearly 30 friars, most of them senior members of the Province – has received much-needed functional and aesthetic upgrades to enhance the safety and comfort of friars, including a modern elevator, fireproof staircase, and exterior observation decks on each of the five residential floors with spectacular vistas of the Ramapo Mountains.

Steve (left) with Michael Duffy, OFM, in 1995 in Providence. (Photo courtesy of Steve)

Steven Patti Marks 25 Years as a Professed Friar

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When he began his year as a postulant with the Province in 1994, it wasn’t the most dramatic step taken by Steven Patti in his journey toward religious vocation. That came the year before, when Steve resigned from his job at a publishing company and left family and friends in suburban Boston to join the Province’s Franciscan Volunteer Ministry – taking the last open position as a lay volunteer minister at the St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in one of the most impoverished neighborhoods in Philadelphia.

Javier Del Angel De los Santos, Juan de la Cruz Turcios, and Jay Woods have been scheduled for ordination in May and June of this year. (Photos from the Provincial archives)

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Ordination dates have been set for three friars, James Sabak’s first book is being released, Russel Murray recommends a virtual seminar, Patrick Fereday is creating new space for a parish food pantry, Kevin Cronin is doing Lent differently, and without further delay Peter Chepaitis published the 2020 Bethany Ministries newsletter.

Aubrey McNeil and Michael Jones. (Photo courtesy of Mike)

Michael Jones Marks 25 Years as a Friar

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By his own admission, Michael Jones has never cared for traveling. In fact, he seldom ventured from Allegany, the small town in Western New York where he grew up, attended college, and worked until joining Holy Name Province in his early 30s. Yet, during his two-and-a-half-decade time as a Franciscan friar, Michael treasures the eight trips he made with mission teams of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford, Connecticut, to their sister parish in Fouji, Zoranje, Haiti – where he and the group would walk the final stretch into the small village because there wasn’t a road to support the safe passage of motor vehicles.

The booth used at the 2021 RECongress (Image courtesy of the US-6 OFM Franciscan Vocation Ministry)

HNP Friars and Other US-6 OFM Vocation Directors Promote Franciscan Life at Virtual Conferences

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A full selection of liturgies, presentations, musical performances, information booths, and small-group breakout sessions were among the highlights of two national Catholic conferences held virtually last month. Although the implementation of both events was anything but normal, these types of virtual experiences have quickly become the norm for the Holy Name Province and other US-6 OFM vocation offices – all of which collaboratively participated at the conferences to promote the Franciscan charism to men discerning religious life.

Michael Reyes at work in his studio. (Photo courtesy of Octavio Duran)

Painting with a Purpose, Michael Reyes Uses Art to Inspire and Evangelize

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As a child in the Philippines, the beauty of stained-glass windows at his local church was the most vivid memory of Sunday Mass for Michael Reyes – “very much my first catechism,” he says. In many ways, those stained-glassed windows were also his first lesson in art – awakening a talent that he now uses in his Franciscan ministry to evangelize and proclaim the Gospel message, including a video reflection series with the Development Office called “Friar Art” that blends paintings with faith and life lessons.