Aubrey McNeil and Michael Jones. (Photo courtesy of Mike)

Michael Jones Marks 25 Years as a Friar

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By his own admission, Michael Jones has never cared for traveling. In fact, he seldom ventured from Allegany, the small town in Western New York where he grew up, attended college, and worked until joining Holy Name Province in his early 30s. Yet, during his two-and-a-half-decade time as a Franciscan friar, Michael treasures the eight trips he made with mission teams of St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford, Connecticut, to their sister parish in Fouji, Zoranje, Haiti – where he and the group would walk the final stretch into the small village because there wasn’t a road to support the safe passage of motor vehicles.

The booth used at the 2021 RECongress (Image courtesy of the US-6 OFM Franciscan Vocation Ministry)

HNP Friars and Other US-6 OFM Vocation Directors Promote Franciscan Life at Virtual Conferences

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A full selection of liturgies, presentations, musical performances, information booths, and small-group breakout sessions were among the highlights of two national Catholic conferences held virtually last month. Although the implementation of both events was anything but normal, these types of virtual experiences have quickly become the norm for the Holy Name Province and other US-6 OFM vocation offices – all of which collaboratively participated at the conferences to promote the Franciscan charism to men discerning religious life.

Michael Reyes at work in his studio. (Photo courtesy of Octavio Duran)

Painting with a Purpose, Michael Reyes Uses Art to Inspire and Evangelize

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As a child in the Philippines, the beauty of stained-glass windows at his local church was the most vivid memory of Sunday Mass for Michael Reyes – “very much my first catechism,” he says. In many ways, those stained-glassed windows were also his first lesson in art – awakening a talent that he now uses in his Franciscan ministry to evangelize and proclaim the Gospel message, including a video reflection series with the Development Office called “Friar Art” that blends paintings with faith and life lessons.

The leadership of the US-6 Franciscan Friars: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Province, Holy Name Province, Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, Sacred Heart Province, St. Barbara Province, St. John the Baptist Province

Franciscan Leadership Joins Catholic Bishops in Condemning Bullying, Violence Toward LGBT Youth

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March 8, 2021 — In accordance with the Catholic-Franciscan tradition, which recognizes and celebrates the God-given dignity of every human being, the leadership of six provinces belonging to the Order of Friars Minor in the United States has added their support to a statement signed by Catholic bishops and dozens of religious orders and institutions that condemns bullying and other …

Revitalization of U.S. Provinces Progresses with Friar Forums, Discussions about New Entity’s Name, Governance Structure

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When talk began of unifying the six OFM provinces of the United States, it was the start of a process that developed into a comprehensive plan – over time, gaining momentum and now at the point where the work of two friar leaders is dedicated solely to this initiative. Early discussions that focused on whether to unify morphed into discussions of how to restructure six Franciscan entities, including Holy Name Province, into a strong, singular coast-to-coast province. The Revitalization and Restructuring Process – as it is called – has produced a team that is unified in creating a renewed and energized Franciscan presence.

Campus Ministry Life During a Pandemic

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Providing spiritual, emotional and social support to students at Province-sponsored institutions of higher education in two upstate New York towns during the pandemic – which is now spanning three academic semesters – has come with unparalleled challenges for those in campus ministry. But chaplains Lawrence Anderson and Gregory Jakubowicz – and other friars and lay people serving on the campus ministry teams at Siena College in Loudonville and St. Bonaventure University in Allegany – have not been deterred from carrying out their missions. As one friar observed, campus ministry doesn’t stop during a pandemic, you just have to persevere and find creative ways of doing things differently.

Coffee and Conversation with Edgardo Lalo Jara

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When he had to create a catchy title, and one that captured the essence of his weekly Spanish-language internet show – which is live-streamed every Wednesday at 4 p.m. on social media platforms – the first thing that came to mind for Edgardo Lalo Jara was making a connection to his Costa Rica culture. It didn’t take long for him to craft the perfect name for his faith-nourishing show built around coffee, comfort and conversation – “Cafeteando Con El P. Lalo,” Spanish for “Coffee With Fr. Lalo.”

Rodolfo Ramón Cabrera celebrates Mass in Spanish at St. Peter Claver Parish. (Photo courtesy of the friars)

Province Expands Ministry in Macon

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The Franciscan presence in central Georgia nearly doubled when Holy Name Province assigned Patrick Tuttle and Steven Pavignano to serve in ministry at Holy Spirit Parish. They joined an already existing friar fraternity six miles away at St. Peter Claver Parish – which includes William McIntyre, the pastor, and newcomers Rodolfo Ramón Cabrera and Casey Cole.