Franciscan Leaders Join Catholic Bishops in Condemning Bullying, Violence toward LGBT Youth

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In accordance with the Catholic-Franciscan tradition, which recognizes and celebrates the God-given dignity of every human being, the leaders of six provinces belonging to the Order of Friars Minor in the U.S. added their support to a statement signed by Catholic bishops and dozens of religious orders and institutions that condemns bullying and other acts of violence toward LGBT youth.

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.

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Franciscan Leaders Denounce Violence at the US Capitol

HNP Communications 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 …

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 …