Although he frequently contributes articles to academic journals and faith-based blogs, Jim Sabak became a first-time book author with last month’s release of “‘Vigilemus et Oremus’: The Theological Significance of ‘Keeping Vigil’ in Rome from the Fourth to the Eighth Centuries.”
The New England native is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood next month at a Mass that will be live-streamed from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford, where he completed his one-year pastoral internship and professed his solemn vows last year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives around the world in tragic ways, with illness and loss, and in hopeful ways, with the strengthening of relationships and healing of the earth. In the midst of this momentous time, some things have remained constant, including the work of the Province’s Franciscan Volunteer Ministry.
The 116-year-old St. Anthony’s Friary in northern New Jersey – home to nearly 30 friars, most of them senior members of the Province – has received much-needed functional and aesthetic upgrades to enhance the safety and comfort of friars, including a modern elevator, fireproof staircase, and exterior observation decks on each of the five residential floors with spectacular vistas of the Ramapo Mountains.
In response to the increase of hate-fueled violence against Asian- Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Province’s Migrant Center of New York is providing education and advocacy programs, and HNP has released a statement expressing solidarity and support for the AAPI community.
HNP friars, ministries, and partners-in-ministry will join the worldwide Order and people around the globe in celebrating the environment and focusing on ecological initiatives to improve the health of the planet commemorating the 51st annual Earth Day, April 22.
After living through more than 12 months of a pandemic, several HNP friars reflect on the greater meaning of this year’s Easter season – Christ’s death on the cross bringing renewal and salvation, COVID-19 vaccines providing hope, and the barren landscape of winter springing to growth and new life.
Robert Frazzetta and Dominic Monti appointed general visitors
A Franciscan-based healthcare ministry that has become a beacon for one of the city’s most vulnerable and medically underserved populations has received a $1.3 million renovation.
A new handicap-accessible bathroom with shower amenities, an additional state-of-the-art examination room, a modernized and comfortable waiting area, and a new private drug and alcohol counseling room are among the features of the extensive upgrades at the Women’s Medical Clinic at St. Anthony Shrine – which has become a leading provider of healthcare to homeless women living on the streets of downtown Boston.
Two friars with strong connections to St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood there on May 29. All are welcomed to virtually attend the liturgy that will be celebrated by Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington.
Things are cooking in the kitchen at the friary on West 31st Street in New York City, as friars share their culinary skills and favorite recipes in Friar Chef how-to video series that brings faith, food and friars into the homes of thousands across the country
To Sean DeBiase, his great-uncle William DeBiase, OFM, was always just “Uncle Bill.” But the way William lived his life in service to others as a Franciscan friar helped shape Sean’s own life and teaching career. He reflects on his uncle on the one-year anniversary of William’s death.