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Most-read HNP Today Stories of 2020

Maria Hayes Around the Province, Home Page – News

NEW YORK – 2020 was a year that no one will forget. Few could have foreseen the changes that took place in March as parishes, schools and  retreat centers closed their doors amid the rise of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Although in-person contact was limited, ministries quickly found new ways to serve their communities, from livestreamed Masses to …

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Franciscan Leaders Denounce Violence at the US Capitol

HNP Communications Home Page – News, In the Headlines, Justice and Peace

After the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6, the leaders of six OFM provinces in the United States – including Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM – sent the following letter to the members of their provinces. Friars and their partners-in-ministry at Franciscan ministry sites around the country pray for peace and unity during this turbulent phase in …

Roberto Tito Serrano Ordained to the Priesthood in Arizona

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News, Home Page – News

His youth, life experience, and Franciscan formation all came together for Robert (known as “Tito”) Serrano on the morning of Dec. 5, when he was ordained to the priesthood at the same church connected to his family and the high school he attended. His mother and sister, who work at St. Mary’s High School, had front-row seats at St. Mary’s Basilica at the Mass celebrated by Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix.

Confirmation students with turkeys for the hungry in Hartford. (Photo courtesy of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish)

Helping the Hungry During a Holiday Season Like No Other

Stephen Mangione and Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province, Home Page – News

In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, 5.6 million households in the U.S. struggled to put food on the table. With tens of thousands of families turning to food banks for the first time ever, Franciscan outreach and service ministries across the country have been meeting the unprecedented demands – from Virginia, where St. Francis House has been distributing nearly 17 tons of food a week, to Pennsylvania, where St. Francis Inn soup kitchen provided baskets with complete Thanksgiving dinners to 140 families.

New Director, Book Collection, and Justice Programs Highlight N.C. Retreat Center’s Year

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province, Home Page – News

Although the pandemic forced it to suspend all programs and close its doors for several months to thousands of visitors, 2020, despite all its abnormalities and enormous challenges, has been a positive year for St. Francis Springs Prayer Center – the interfaith retreat facility established 15 years ago by Louis Canino, on 140 acres of forest preserve.

Neil O'Connell at the Quick Center on the St. Bonaventure campus, in front of a display of past SBU presidents. (Photo courtesy of Elena Robellard)

For Retiree Neil O’Connell, Firetrucks, Friars – and a “Bing” on Head – Began Five Decades of Education Ministry

Stephen Mangione Friar News, Home Page – News

Although fighting fires sounded intriguing, as it might for most children, ironically it was a firehouse that turned out to be the training ground and introduction to Franciscan values long before Holy Name Province and religious vocation became a blip on the radar for Neil O’Connell.

The friars stationed at Butler, N.J. Paul Osborne is in the upper left, second row from the top.

Retiree Paul Osborne Looks Back on Ministry in South America, Africa and the U.S.

Stephen Mangione Friar News, Home Page – News

It was almost certain that Paul Osborne would follow the farming legacy that dated back to his great-grandfather. Every day after school, and on weekends, he labored on the family farm in Churchville, a rural village, population 750, in upstate New York’s Monroe County near Lake Ontario.