Conrad Harkins, Educator, Dies in New York

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. — Conrad Harkins, OFM, 85, a professed Franciscan friar for 65 years and a priest for 59, died on Aug. 31 at St. Cabrini Nursing Home, where he had lived since last year. He spent most of his religious life in academia and was widely known for his efforts to obtain sainthood for five Franciscans killed in …

Zachary Elliott’s New Venture at Tampa Parish Is All the Buzz

Stephen Mangione Friar News

TAMPA, Fla. – While most people stay clear of bees to avoid stings, for Zachary Elliott, OFM, getting stung is an unavoidable hazard of his newfound undertaking. Zack is the resident beekeeper at Sacred Heart Parish, an enterprise he started in February just ahead of the coronavirus outbreak. Although the pandemic wasn’t the motivation, beekeeping has served as a welcome …

Valerian Vaverchak, 87, Dies in Florida

HNP Communications Friar News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Valerian Vaverchak, OFM, 87, a Franciscan friar for 63 years, died on Aug. 31 at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center in St. Petersburg where he had lived since last year. Funeral services are being finalized. Early Years Valerian was born on Sept. 3, 1992 in Waymart, Pennsylvania, to William and Margaret (née Racht) Vaverchak, …

Friar News Briefs

HNP Communications Friar News

The updates below describe recent activities of Holy Name Province friars. They highlight their personal projects – some serious and some lighthearted – as well as events at ministry sites. For details about any of the information, email the friars, contact the HNP Communications Office, or visit links to the parishes and organizations mentioned. To provide news for future articles, send an email …

Province Announces New Leaders

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

NEW YORK — Holy Name Province has its leadership team in place for the next three years. After the cancellation of the 2020 Provincial Chapter — at which elections were to take place — the Order’s General Council elected new members to the Provincial Administration. The General Council’s election was based on suggestions submitted by Holy Name Province. Kevin Mullen, …

Formation: Interprovincial Novitiate Receives Ten

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — A group of men began the next phase in their Franciscan journey when they were received into the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate on July 15 – fittingly on the feast of St. Bonaventure, the Franciscan theologian was declared a Doctor of the Church in the year 1588 by Pope Sixtus V. Half of the 10 novices are …

Transitions

HNP Communications Friar News

The Provincial Administration has announced two new assignments. Additional appointments will be made later this month. Xavier De La Huerta, OFM, has been assigned to St. Lawrence Friary in Beacon, New York, effective Aug. 5. He had been living in Philadelphia since early last year. Robert Frazzetta, OFM, has been assigned to St Joseph Friary in Chicago, Illinois, where he …

Body of John Lambert Rowan Moved to Allegany

Dominic Monti, OFM Friar News

ALLEGANY, N.Y. — After 48 years, John Lambert Rowan, OFM, is again among his brothers. On Aug. 3, his remains were moved from the small cemetery on the grounds of Christ the King Seminary in East Aurora, New York — where they had lain since his death in 1972 — to the friars’ plot in St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Allegany. …

Order Offers Integral Ecology Course — Free and Online

Jacek Orzechowski, OFM Friar News

In May, Minister General Michael Perry, OFM, marked the fifth anniversary of Pope Francis’s groundbreaking encyclical Laudato Si’, launching a video message announcing the Order’s yearlong Laudato Si’ Revolution. Details about this important initiative – views and news from people around the world – can be found in the recent issues of Contact, the quarterly bulletin from the OFM Justice, …

Jay Woods Set for Solemn Profession

Stephen Mangione Friar News

This article profiles one of two Holy Name Province members who plan to profess solemn vows in August. Jay Woods, OFM, and Angel Vazquez, OFM, along with friars from two other U.S. provinces are spending most of the month of July on retreat at Mt. Irenaeus. HARTFORD, Conn. – The 13-year career that Jay Woods, OFM, spent in theater, television, and …

Friar News Briefs – July 2020

HNP Communications Friar News

The updates below describe recent activities of Holy Name Province friars. They highlight their personal projects as well as events at ministry sites. For details about any of the information, email the friars, contact the HNP Communications Office, or visit links to the parishes and organizations mentioned. To provide news for future articles, send an email to communications director Jocelyn Thomas. From the …

Reflections on Conversion and Equality

Henry Fulmer, OFM & Julian Jagudilla, OFM Friar News

Since the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police, friars, like many people across the United States, have been speaking out against racism and reflecting on the absence of equality in our country. Reflections by several friars have been posted online and shared on social media. Among them are a piece by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, …