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HNP Today

A blog focusing on the fraternal and ministerial activities of Holy Name Province and the Order.

Friar Transitions

Peter Sheridan has been reassigned. Victor Gazall has withdrawn from the post-novitiate formation program.

Prayers for the People of the Democratic Republic of Congo

The Franciscan family, including nearly 200 friars of the province of St. Benoit l'Africain, has been deeply involved in voter education and efforts to promote peace and reconciliation.

FI Requested to Open Office in Bangkok

An assembly of Franciscan leaders, meeting in Bangkok the week of July 10-14, discussed the future direction of the Franciscan commitment to the recognition of human rights in the Asia Pacific region.

3,000 Fast to End War

Louie Vitale, OFM, is one of an estimated 3,000 people in 18 countries fasting from July 4 until Aug. 14 to end the war in Iraq.

Poor Clares Write from Lebanon and Jerusalem

The Poor Clares have asked that, for their safety, this article be taken off the Web site. We hope you understand the insecurity that can exist during a time of war. Please remember the Poor Clares living in the Middle East in your prayers.

Friars Establish New Community in Jordan

The Custos of the Holy Land, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, OFM, confirmed that a new community will be canonically established in Jordan on Mount Nebo.

Kidnapped Franciscans Freed in Haiti

Two Franciscans who had been kidnapped in Haiti on July 20 were freed the next day.

New E-Mail Notice

Paul Breslin has a new e-mail address.

General Council Meets in Rome

The report of the General Council meeting in July is available online at

Friars Call for Withdrawal from Iraq

Brennan Connelly reports the following statement against the war in Iraq was signed at the June fraternal gathering at Siena College and then sent to the White House: