Walter Liss, OFM

Essay
Reflecting on the Legacy of Holy Name Province

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by Walter Liss, OFM “We’re called to be brothers and you’re going to spend the rest of your friar life figuring out what that means.” So said then-provincial John Felice, OFM, at a gathering of formation friars when I was an affiliate (postulant). It’s one of those things that stuck in my head for some reason. On the surface, it …

A photo of the peaceful Good Friday protest taken by Patrick Sieber, OFM, outside Lockheed Martin.

Annual Good Friday Protest Outside World’s Largest Weapons Manufacturer Coincides with MLK’s 55th Anniversary of His Death

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This year, Holy Week coincided with the 55th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Exactly one year prior, on April 4, 1967, Dr. King delivered his Beyond Vietnam, A Time to Break Silence speech at Riverside Church in New York City. Patrick Sieber, OFM, says it is well past time for us to truly live …

John O’Connor, OFM (left), was among four priests honored by the Diocese of Arlington for their golden and silver jubilees of ordination.

John O’Connor Among Four Priests Honored by Virginia Diocese for Golden, Silver Jubilees of Ordination

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The Diocese of Arlington in Virginia honored four priests for their golden and silver jubilees of ordination. Among them was John O’Connor, OFM, who is pastor of the Arlington Parish of St. Francis of Assisi in Triangle. John is celebrating his 50th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood. Bishop Michael Burbidge and Bishop Emeritus Paul Loverde presided at a special …

Retired Lt. Gen. Arthur Gregg, a long-time parishioner of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle, Virginia, and the first African American in the U.S. Army to be named a three-star general, was acknowledged by John O’Connor, OFM, at a Sunday Mass for the special honor in which a Virginia military base was redesignated in his name.

Parishioner of Virginia Parish Has Military Base Named After Him

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Since 2004, retired Lieutenant General Arthur Gregg, the first African American in the United States Army to be named a three-star general, has blended unassumingly into the congregation, worshipping from the pews with his fellow parishioners at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle, Virginia. His close friends and some long-time parishioners are aware of the 95-year-old’s impressive background. But …

This family framed the message perfectly at the Earth Day Festival at Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham.

Care for Creation Is on Full Display at Durham Parish’s Annual Earth Day Festival

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Making backyard birdfeeders, planting seeds, learning about composting and reusable household items, and playing a quiz game based on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’ encyclical were just some of the interactive activities at this year’s annual Earth Day Festival of Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina, according to Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, pastor. The event, he said, was designed to raise …

Bakers of Holy Bones stand alongside the new 10-shelf oven that was installed in March as a result of financial support from Holy Name Province.

Holy Bones! A Parish Ministry That Has Bark – And Bite
Developmentally Challenged Baking Dog Bones in a Church’s Kitchen Basement Receive Support from Holy Name Province

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Make no bones about it. This ministry program at a New Jersey parish is all bark – and bite! Four days a week, a team of bakers of the Holy Bones initiative at St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes can be found in their workspace: the commercial kitchen in the church basement. But they aren’t just any bakers, and you …

SAR Directorate’s Aging with Grace Video Series:
A Moment With… Eric Carpine at St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg

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With passion and conviction, Eric Carpine, OFM, says very convincingly that he loves parish ministry. But in the same breath – in the latest installment of the video series, Aging with Grace, produced by HNP’s Sick, Aged and Retired Directorate – Eric apparently may love retirement even more! “Most of my life as a friar, I have spent in pastoral …

Dan Riley, OFM (center), is presented with his St. Bonaventure University honorary doctorate of humane letters by SBU President Jeff Gingerich (right) and Luke Brown, a university trustee.

Dan Riley Receives Honorary Doctorate from SBU, Delivers Keynote Address to Class of 2023

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He attended St. Bonaventure University 63 years ago as an undergraduate student with his sights set on a career in medicine, but by the time he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, God had other plans for Dan Riley, OFM. He was called to religious life as a Franciscan friar and has been a charismatic presence – and one …

Salim Joseph, OFM, proudly displays his citizenship certificate that he received at the April 25 ceremony at the historic Faneuil Hall in downtown Boston.

A Dream Come True
Salim Joseph Achieves U.S. Citizenship

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After a long journey that started in India, made detours to Europe, Africa and Asia – and had a few months of delay because of a technicality – Salim Joseph, OFM, says his dream finally came true. He’s a U.S. citizen! Timing is everything – three words that became more than just a saying for Salim, who was unaware that …

James Bernard, OFM, Steven Kuehn, OFM, and Aaron Richardson, OFM, were all smiles on the joyful day of their ordination to the priesthood.

Three Friars Make History as Last Ordination Class of HNP

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History was made when three Holy Name Province friars were ordained to the priesthood at a Mass of Presbyteral Ordination last month at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. More than 250 friars, family members, friends and parishioners were on hand at the April 29 Mass to witness James Bernard, OFM, Steven Kuehn, OFM, and Aaron Richardson, OFM, become …

Happy Birthday to Our Brothers!

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Michael Carnevale, OFM, a co-host of the popular show FriarChef on Franciscan.TV, has the distinction of being the most senior friar celebrating a birthday this month – his 88th on May 21. That’s a lot of candles to blow out on his birthday cake! Three brothers are celebrating milestone birthdays this month – David Bossman, OFM, his 85th on May …

Happy Birthday to Our Brothers!

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Friars come from all backgrounds, cultures, talents and ministries. What, then, does a former college president, a soup kitchen outreach worker, an artist, and a bee-keeper have in common? Besides being friars, they’re all celebrating birthdays this month! Kevin Mackin, OFM, Dac Tran, OFM, Frederick Dilger, OFM, and John Aherne, OFM, are among the 16 brothers marking a milestone birthday …