Angel Vázquez, Jay Woods Make Solemn Profession

Stephen Mangione In the Headlines

HARTFORD, Conn. — In the presence of a small group of friars, family members, friends and parishioners – and with virtual guests from as far west as Arizona and east to Puerto Rico “attending” via live-streamed broadcast – Angel Vázquez, OFM, and Jay Woods, OFM, made their final vows to live St. Francis of Assisi’s Rule of the Order of …

With COVID-19 Halting Road Ministries, Friars Shift Gears

Stephen Mangione In the Headlines

The COVID-19 pandemic has grounded friars Province-wide whose preaching ministries usually keep them on the road both here and abroad. Retreats, missions, workshops, classes, seminars, pilgrimages, and other related events have been suspended indefinitely. Below, eight friars – Francis Pompei, Dan Riley, Peter Chepaitis, Thomas Hartle, Kevin Cronin, Casey Cole, Dan Horan, and John Anglin – each share how their …

Province’s Relief Fund Helps Families Facing Food Challenges

Stephen Mangione In the Headlines

Bonita and Aiden, the parents of seven children ages 17 to 3, wanted to do something special for their oldest son to celebrate his high school graduation. But even something as simple as making his favorite meal was out of reach because the COVID-19 pandemic claimed Aiden’s job as a carpenter. With the family patriarch unemployed and unable to find …

Public Mass Resumes in Florida, Georgia

Stephen Mangione In the Headlines

More than two and a half months after the coronavirus pandemic forced churches throughout the Province to close their doors and switch to live-streamed and recorded services on Facebook and other remote platforms, three ministry sites in the south staffed by Holy Name Province friars are providing a glimpse into what the future of Sunday Mass will look like when …

Distance Teaching and Learning at SBU, Siena Concluding with Virtual Commencements

Stephen Mangione In the Headlines

In early to mid-March, colleges and universities across the nation, especially regions that were beginning to experience large numbers of COVID-19 cases, began moving to online and remote teaching to stop the spread and flatten the curve of the coronavirus. Although suspending classroom teaching was thought to be temporary at the time, less than two weeks later, faculty and students …

Province Establishes Franciscan Relief Fund

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

NEW YORK – The friars of Holy Name Province, through the Office of Development, have launched a new initiative, the Franciscan Relief Fund, to provide economic support to unemployed individuals in the food, hospitality, and entertainment industries who are struggling financially during the global COVID-19 pandemic. All donations made to the Franciscan Relief Fund will be used exclusively for the …

Ministry Outreach Intensifies in a Changed World

Stephen Mangione & Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

This is the second in a series of articles that HNP Today is publishing about the effects that the COVID-19 pandemic is having around the Province – reporting how friars, partners-in-ministry, volunteers, parishioners and ministry sites are creating a “new normal” since early in the week of March 15, when many states closed schools, churches and other institutions to avoid large …

An Easter Message

Holy Name Province Council In the Headlines

The greeting below — from the Provincial Minister, Vicar, and Secretary, along with the Provincial Councilors — was written during a Holy Week unlike any that has been experienced in recent years. Dear brothers and friends, As we approach the celebration of Easter 2020, mired in the Coronavirus pandemic, we are more mindful than ever of our need for the …

Friars Develop Ways to Bring Prayer, Worship to Homes During COVID-19 Pandemic

Stephen Mangione In the Headlines

This is the first in a series of articles that HNP Today is publishing about varied aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic — reports on how people and ministries are creating a “new normal” since early in the week of March 15 when many states closed schools, churches, and other institutions. With dioceses around the nation suspending Masses, sacraments and other …

Planners Choose Theme, Logo for Provincial Chapter

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

Less than 100 days and counting to the nearly week-long 2020 Chapter this spring, when the friars of Holy Name Province will assemble in Franciscan tradition and protocol to elect leaders, evaluate proposals, and engage in discourse on contemplation, fraternity, and mission. The friars will look toward the future and share their views about revitalization, which is a central theme …

Siena Names Former U.S. Rep — an Alumnus — as 12th President

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

The information below is based on the announcement released by Siena College on Feb. 14. LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — Former U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson – an author, scholar and decorated military veteran – has been named the 12th president of Siena College. Gibson, whose five-year term begins July 1, will be formally inaugurated in a campus ceremony this fall. He becomes …