Communications Office Update: Next Newsletter Issue Oct. 12

Rebecca Doel Around the Province

NEW YORK — Breaking from its regular biweekly schedule, the next issue ofHNP Today will be distributed in three weeks, on Oct. 12.

This departure reflects the calendar of the Provincial Office, which will close Oct. 3 and 4 in celebration of the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

The remaining five 2011 issues of this newsletter will return to a biweekly schedule, being distributed on Oct. 26, Nov. 9 and 23, and Dec. 7 and 21. Submissions to the newsletter, which can be emailed to, are requested by the Wednesday prior to a publication date.

2011-2012 HNP Directory
In other Communications Office news, the latest printed edition of the HNP Directory is nearing completion. An electronic version of the directory will posted on the HNP Extranet early next week for friars. It includes address, phone number and email updates received by Sept. 1.

For the most up-to-date information, friars can also use the “Friar Search” feature on the Extranet.

Website Enhancements
Content on is continually changing and evolving. Recently, the Communications Office added two new photo albums: Jubilee Celebration of Vows, NYC from June 30, 2011, and Priesthood Ordination, NYC, from May 21, 2011. Photo albums on the recent solemn profession as well as the 2011 Chapter are in development.

New pages in the Justice and Peace section of the Province’s website are added frequently, with oversight by Fran Eskin-Royer of the Province’s Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation. Recent additions include Immigration and Peacemaking efforts pages for “JPIC in Action.” Resources on community gardening, Fair Trade efforts and justice education are in production. Ideas and suggestions for content can be emailed to Eskin-Royer at

Social Media
Interest in HNP’s use of social media sites — Facebook, YouTube and Twitter — continues to grow. The Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Facebook page now has nearly 850 followers, and more than 300 follow @HolyNameProv on Twitter.

The Be A Franciscan YouTube Channel, with 15 videos, has more than 6,500 upload views. The most recent additions feature recently professed friars Stephen DeWitt, OFM, and Daniel Horan, OFM, sharing what professing solemn vows meant to each of them, the journey that led up to Aug. 27, 2011, and where they see themselves in the future.

ESC Communicators
Last week, communication director Jocelyn Thomas attended the annual meeting of the English-speaking Conference Communicators at St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, Pa.

She was joined by representatives of Immaculate Conception Province (based in New York), the Province of Ireland, the Province of St. Joseph (based in Montreal, Quebec), Sacred Heart Province (St. Louis), St. Barbara Province (Oakland, Calif.), and St. John the Baptist Province (Cincinnati).

As they have done every year since 2008, attendees — a mix of friars and lay staff — shared best practices as well as challenges involving their work. They also heard a presentation on “Copyright: Overview and Digital Issues” by the associate general council of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

This group is one of several resources used by the HNP Communications Office. In August, the new members of the HNP Communications Advisory Committee met at the Provincial Office to discuss enhancements to both internal and external communications. The CAC members for 2011 to 2014 are Raphael Bonanno, OFM, Brian Cullinane, OFM, Joseph Eidel of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Henry Fulmer, OFM, Ken Jubie of Siena College, Jim McIntosh, OFM, Dominic Monti, OFM, Joseph Nuzzi of New York City’s St. Francis of Assisi Church, and Steven Patti, OFM. Their next meeting is Oct. 28.

— Rebecca Doel is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.