All are welcome to the 11 a.m. Mass that will be celebrated by The Very Rev. Roberto González, OFM, archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Brs. John Aherne, George Camacho, and Edgardo Jara will make lifelong commitments to the Franciscan Order as they join Holy Name Province.
The friars plan to leave the more than 100-year-old friary by June 30, 2017, according to Provincial Minister Fr. Kevin Mullen, OFM.
The jubilarians, who work at varied ministries along the East Coast, as well as at locations outside the U.S., will be honored during a Mass.
Br. Michael Reyes, OFM, of Holy Name Province, will be ordained a priest on Jan. 16 at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street.
Following his election as pope, Cardinal Bergoglio, SJ, chose to be called “Francis,” after St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Order of Friars Minor.
Holy Name Province has been present in Washington, D.C., and Maryland since the 1930s.
Holy Name Province has been present in Philadelphia since 1979, when the friars founded St. Francis Inn Ministries to provide direct service to the poor.
The Franciscan friars are returning to the Diocese of Savannah, Ga., to launch a communal and ministerial presence in the fourth largest city in Georgia.
A Philadelphia native, Fr. Sieber serves at St. Francis Inn, the province’s soup kitchen in the Kensington neighborhood, 10 blocks from where he grew up.
Born in Olean, N.Y., and raised in Allegany, N.Y., Fr. Reitz first met the Franciscans at nearby St. Bonaventure University.
A native of Hyde Park, N.Y., Fr. William McIntyre has worked at some of Holy Name Province’s largest multicultural parishes.