(l.-r.) Gerardo Antonio Vargas Cruz, OFM, Alfonso Guzmán, OFM, both of the San Juan fraternity, His Eminence Roberto Gonzales, OFM, archbishop of Puerto Rico, Basil Valente, OFM, national vocation director, and Mario Gomez, OFM, at a dinner hosted by the archbishop.

Friar Fraternity in Puerto Rico Eager to Support Vocation Ministry

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Last month, members of the national Vocation Office visited the friar fraternity in Puerto Rico to discuss the revitalization of vocation ministry in the region. But the four-day trip to San Juan evolved into far more than brainstorming sessions, according to Basil Valente, OFM, national vocation director. The trip was fraternally enriching for the visitors and their hosts. “We are …

Basil Valente, OFM (far left), national vocation director, at a youth conference on the West Coast earlier this year with (l.-r.) Gregory Plata, OFM, Central Region vocation director; Jorge Martins, office manager of the national Vocation Office; Roger Lopez, OFM, a local vocation director and theology teacher at Roger Bacon High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Sebastian Sandoval, OFM, Western Region vocation director.

Vocation Director Extends His Gratitude to HNP Friars for Vocation Ministry

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Editor’s Note… As the vocation offices of the US-6 provinces have transitioned to the new national Vocation Office ahead of the completion of the unification process later this year, Basil Valente, OFM, national vocation director, extends his gratitude in this letter to Holy Name Province friars who supported the Province vocation ministry as regional vocation directors and as participants in …

Jeffery Jordan, OFM, shown here giving a talk to prospective postulants at an organic discernment weekend earlier this year at St. Anthony Friary in St. Petersburg, Florida.

HNP Friar Appointed Eastern Region Vocation Director

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Jeffery Jordan, OFM, has been appointed Eastern Region Vocation Director for the new U.S. Franciscan province. As the newest addition to a dynamic vocation team assembled by the national Vocation Office, Jeffery joins Basil Valente, OFM, National Vocation Director; Gregory Plata, OFM, Central Region Vocation Director; Sebastian Sandoval, Western Region Vocation Director, and more than 70 other friars across the …

Friars Are Asked to Share The Franciscan Challenge

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Ruth is a single mother of two from the Kensington neighborhood in Philadelphia. Cynthia is a homeless woman in New York City. Stephanie and George are parents who lost their son to a drug overdose. Alexandria and her family made the treacherous journey from Ecuador on foot and hitching rides from strangers. Different backgrounds of people who have never met, …

Kevin Mullen, OFM, Provincial Minister (far right) asked the jubilarians to renew their commitment to the Rule of Life in the Order of Friars Minor at the Jubilee Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church on 31st Street in celebration of their 50th and 25th anniversaries of first profession.

Province Celebrates Jubilee Anniversaries of 14 Friars

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Dozens of friars, family members, friends and parishioners turned out for the Jubilee Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City last month when Holy Name Province honored 14 friars for their 50th and 25th anniversaries of first profession. The May 16 Mass was steeped in Franciscan tradition and ceremony, which included the jubilarians renewing their commitment …

Lawrence Hayes, OFM

Clink, Clink, Clink… With the New Province in Sight, No Turning Back from This Roller Coaster Ride

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Each time I ride a roller coaster, there comes that decisive moment when the safety bar of the car is lowered into a locked position. It signals that there is no longer a way out of the ride. No turning back. Then begins the clink, clink, clink sound as the car slowly ascends the steep climb towards the first gut-wrenching …

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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 …