College-based Friars Describe Remote Teaching Experience

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

A very unusual semester has ended. Roughly two months before the academic year was to conclude, institutions of higher learning closed their classrooms and converted to virtual learning. Friars who teach at colleges and universities around the country shared their thoughts over recent weeks about how they and their students managed this semester when they were forced to switch from …

Transitions

HNP Communications Friar News

The Provincial Administration has announced news about two friars. Gregory Jakubowicz, OFM, has been named the university chaplain for St. Bonaventure University in Western New York. Since 2016, he has been stationed at St. Joseph University Parish in Buffalo, New York. The 1987 St. Bonaventure graduate will assume his new position on Aug. 1. Adolfo Navarro-Blanco, OFM, a temporary-professed friar, …

Friar News Briefs – May 2020

HNP Communications Friar News

The updates below describe recent activities of Holy Name Province friars. Many focus on new forms of evangelization created to reach people during this season of separation caused by the pandemic and the need for safe distancing. Several announce recently-released books, articles, and blog posts of friars. For details about any of the information, email the friars, contact the HNP …

Getting Creative: Friars Sustain and Strengthen Fraternity

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

This is one of several articles published in HNP Today about how friars and partners-in-ministry are faring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Others were about creative ways to provide Masses remotely and intensified outreach ministry work around the Province. Chats from afar, virtual get-togethers, two-to-a-table at mealtime, spaced-out movie nights, rearranged prayer seating, and taking turns in the kitchen – these …

Religious Brothers Day Highlights Workers

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

When Catholics around the world marked the feast of St. Joseph the Worker on May 1, religious communities also celebrated their religious brothers – a commemoration that was instituted internationally as “Religious Brothers Day” in 2017. In addition to honoring St. Joseph, the feast day is an opportunity to remember the brothers who have come before us, and those who …

Gerald Dolan Dies in Albany

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gerald Dolan, OFM, 89, a professed Franciscan friar for 68 years and a priest for 63, died on April 21 at Albany Medical Center, where he had been admitted after having tested positive for COVID-19. The Province will celebrate a memorial Mass for Gerald at a later date. Early Years Gerald was born on May 29, 1930, in …

Former St. Camillus Parish Pastor Martin Bednar Dies

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. — Martin Bednar, OFM, 83, a professed Franciscan friar for 61 years and a priest for 56 years, died on April 20 at St. Cabrini Nursing Home here, where he had lived since early last year. Because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic, funeral services will be private and a memorial Mass will be planned for a …

Purple Heart Recipient William DeBiase Dies

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

PHILADELPHIA — William DeBiase, OFM, 87, a professed Franciscan friar for 59 years and a priest for 54, died on April 11 at St. Ignatius Nursing Home, where he had lived since last year. Several friars from St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J., celebrated the rite of committal with final commendation at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Butler on April 14. …

Allan Von Kobs Dies April 9 in New York City

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

NEW YORK — Allan Von Kobs, OFM, 74, a professed Franciscan friar for 55 years and a priest for 37, died on April 9 at Lenox Hill Hospital. A Memorial Mass for Allan will take place at a later date, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Early Years Allan was born on Sept. 18, 1945, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Marcelious and …

Friar News Briefs

HNP Communications Friar News

The updates below describe recent activities of Holy Name Province friars. Many focus on how their lives and ministry work have changed since mid-March, when government officials of many East Coast states recommended, as a health precaution during the pandemic, that its citizens shelter at home and avoid large-group gatherings. For details about any of the information, contact the HNP Communications Office or visit links …

Discerning a Religious Vocation in Age of COVID-19

Jocelyn Thomas Be A Franciscan, Friar News

Sharing the joy of Franciscan life with those who are considering a vocation with the Order is continuing despite extreme changes in communication and social interaction driven by the COVID-19 outbreak across the United States and around the world. The Holy Name Province vocation ministry, like most organizations and the Province itself, has revised its methods to adapt to social …

Transitions

Jim McIntosh OFM Friar News

The Provincial administration has announced a new assignment for Edward Flanagan, OFM. Effective March 16, he is assigned to the Little Sisters of the Poor Retirement Home in Washington, D.C. Related “In Retirement, Edward Flanagan Find More Time for Ministry – and Some Fascinating Hobbies” — Jan 9, 2019 HNP Today “Transitions” – March 9, 2020, HNP Today