Students enjoy the newly-renovated Damietta Cross-Cultural Center at Siena College. Featured on the walls is artwork by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. (Photo courtesy of Br. George Camacho)

Iconic Redesign for the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center

By George Camacho, OFM Around the Province, Home Page – News

During the spring and summer of 2021, the Damietta Cross-Cultural Center at Siena College experienced a major redesign. The hallmark of this renovation includes a series of wall sketches depicting elements from the icon of Francis and the Sultan created by Br. Robert Lentz, OFM, of St. Bonaventure University.

Fr. Paul Osborne Dies in New Jersey

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A professed Franciscan friar for 63 years and a priest for 57, he spent six decades ministering in more than a dozen cities and towns in four countries on three continents, serving in education, formation, pastoral care and administration.

Welcoming Afghan Refugees in Virginia

Maria Hayes Around the Province, Home Page – News

In mid-August, personnel on Marine Corp Base Quantico near Triangle, Virginia, were informed that the base would welcome 5,000 refugees from Afghanistan as part of Operation Allies Refuge. They were given three-days’ notice. Agencies in the area began racing against the clock to create temporary shelters and gather supplies for the arriving families.  John O’Connor, pastor of nearby St. Francis …

Fr. Ronald Gliatta celebrates Mass at Sacred Heart Church in Tampa, Florida, where he has served since 2020. (Photo courtesy of Sacred Heart Parish)

Province Welcomes Fr. Ron Gliatta as Official Member

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News, Home Page – News

Holy Name Province has a new member – Ronald Gliatta, OFM, who has been a Franciscan friar for 48 years as a member of Immaculate Conception Province and who lives in Tampa, Florida, at Sacred Heart Friary. He had been a provisional member of Holy Name since 2019, when he began living with HNP friars – first in Butler, New Jersey, and now in Florida.