Angel Vazquez Completes Internship Year at SBU in Preparation for Solemn Profession

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This article profiles one of two Holy Name Province members scheduled to profess their solemn vows in August. Angel Vazquez, OFM, and Jay Woods, OFM, are spending the month of July on retreat at Mt. Irenaeus in Western New York. ALLEGANY, N.Y. – When he arrived at Siena College to begin his undergraduate studies, Angel Vazquez, OFM, had a one-size-fits-all …

Transitions

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The Provincial Administration has announced a new assignment for Casey Cole, OFM. He has been assigned to St. Peter Claver Church in Macon, Georgia, as parochial vicar effective July 13. Additional news about HNP members can be found in the HNP Today Friar News Briefs series. Related “Transitions” – June 11, 2020, HNP Today “Casey Cole Ordained to Priesthood” — …

Province Joins Facebook Ad Boycott

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NEW YORK — In an effort to encourage Facebook, Inc., to take action against the spread of racist, violent, and hate speech on its platforms, Holy Name Province has joined the hundreds of businesses and nonprofits that have ceased advertising on Facebook, Inc., platforms for the month of July. The Province released the following statement on June 29 showing its support …

Nine Profess First Vows

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – A group of members of the six U.S. OFM provinces participating in the restructuring process made their simple profession earlier this month at the Interprovincial Novitiate at Old Mission Santa Barbara here, where they spent the past 12 months as novices. Among the nine men professing their first vows on July 2 before Provincial Minister David …

Abraham Joseph Ordained a Priest in Indiana

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CEDAR LAKE, Ind. – The smiles were covered by facemasks, and relatives and friends had to witness from afar. But although it upended the original date, location, and plans, not even the global pandemic could contain the jubilation, music, and celebration that filled Holy Name of Jesus Church at last month’s ordination Mass of Abraham Joseph, OFM. “The most beautiful …

St. Camillus Pastor Christopher Posch Dies

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(Updated on July 15, 2020) SILVER SPRING, Md. — Christopher Posch, OFM, 58, a professed Franciscan friar for 30 years and a priest for 25, died on July 5 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, where he had been hospitalized since early June with pneumonia. He had served since 2016 as pastor of St. Camillus Parish, where funeral services were …

Formation: Season of Transition

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The season isn’t the only thing springing into summer. As they collectively wrap up their academic, internship, or service year, the postulants, novices, and simply professed friars are preparing to spring into new roles in their Franciscan journey. Although the pandemic is complicating things – postponing events to later dates, rearranging travel, and modifying plans – a pair of friars …

Former Provincial Minister Charles Finnegan Dies

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CALDWELL, N.J. — Charles Finnegan, OFM, 88, a professed Franciscan friar for 67 years and a priest for 62, died on June 9 at St. Catherine of Siena Nursing Home where he had lived since last year. Several friars from St. Anthony Friary in Butler, New Jersey, as well as Charles’s family members will celebrate the Rite of Committal with Final …

Friar News Briefs – June 2020

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The updates below describe recent activities of Holy Name Province friars. They highlight their presentations, honors, and some 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. …

Transitions

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The Provincial Administration has announced a new assignment for Abraham Joseph, OFM. He will be stationed at St. Peter’s in the Loop, on Madison Street in Chicago, Illinois, effective after Abraham is ordained a priest on June 13.  Abraham will be residing and serving there while he completes his master of social work degree at Loyola Chicago. Related “Transitions” – May …

Thomas Donovan Marks 50 Years as a Friar

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This is the fourth in a series of profiles of friars commemorating their 25th and 50th anniversaries of profession in 2020. The third featured John Gill, OFM. Because of the pandemic, the Province’s traditional celebration of the jubilarians which had been planned for June was postponed. BOSTON – During much of his childhood, Thomas Donovan, OFM, traveled frequently with his …

Donnon Murray Dies in Tokyo

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TOKYO — Donnon Murray, OFM, 89, a professed Franciscan friar for 68 years and a priest for 63, died on May 29 at St. Anthony Friary here. A farewell Mass and floral tribute ceremony were held on May 31 in Tokyo. Donnon had lived  in Japan for more than six decades. A funeral Mass for Donnon, as well as the …