Communications Update: Newsletter Distribution Delayed for Easter

Rebecca Doel Around the Province

NEW YORK — Due to the upcoming holiday schedule, the next issue of HNP Today will be distributed on Friday, April 13. Following this issue — dated April 11 — the newsletter will return to its regular Wednesday distribution.

The Provincial Office is closed for the Easter weekend beginning at 1 p.m. on Holy Thursday, April 5.

Newsletter Deadlines
Submissions for HNP Today are requested the week prior to a publication date. The dates of upcoming issues, followed by dates for submissions, are listed below:
• April 11 (April 4)
• April 25 (April 18)
• May 9 (May 2)
• May 23 (May 16)

Information can be sent to the Communications Office by contacting communications director Jocelyn Thomas by phone (646-473-0265 x321) or email (

Online Enhancements
The Province’s website,, received subtle updates last week, in hopes of making the site more user-friendly.

“We have much interesting information to offer,” Thomas said. “The challenge is to present it in a way that draws people in and also to find ways to tell people about what is on the site.”

Perhaps the most noticeable changes are the addition of icons to the Province’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts on the top right, a revised footer that includes links to many popular pages on the website and a new landing page for the “Our Work” section.

The “Our Work” page, now more consistent with other section landing pages, uses images of friars in ministry to lead to information about the various works of Holy Name Province. The section will soon include information about several friar artisans — painters, photographers, sandal makers — and the Province’s Hispanic ministry.

The Justice and Peace page has been given a new look. “With the large number of descriptions now offered under JPIC in Action, we wanted to reformat the landing page to better balance the sections — Resources, Our Initiatives, Upcoming Events and In the News,” Thomas said.

In addition, the “Our Province” page now includes an interactive map of HNP ministries along the East Coast.

More updates for the website will roll out in the coming months, including a responsive design for mobile visitors and a new informational page about the Secular Franciscans.

— Rebecca Doel, communications coordinator for Holy Name Province, maintains the Province’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.