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

Amanecer Founder Dies

Friars who studied Spanish in Cochabamba, Bolivia, may have come in contact with Amanecer and its founder, Hna. Estafanía Murray, who passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 85.

AlverniA

The friars in AlverniA will have a workshop March 13-15, and their annual retreat May 21-24.

Community Center Opens in Durham

Five years ago, David McBriar, then the pastor of Durham's Immaculate Conception Church, envisioned a gymnasium and community center, where the church's parochial school students and neighborhood families could learn and play.

Friars Share Experiences at JPIC Gathering

Pat Sieber and Tom Ennis gave one of the presentations at the 3rd Annual Gathering for Peace and Justice in Camden, held at Sacred Heart Church in South Camden on Feb. 18.

HNP Statement on Vocational Discernment and Sexuality

Several months ago, on Nov. 29, the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education issued an instruction on "the criteria for the discernment of vocations with regard to persons with homosexual tendencies." The Provincial Administration believes that it is important for Holy Name Province to enunciate its own policy on this issue and so has issued this statement.

Stories from the Border

Frank Probst, OFM, spent 20 years serving in Brazil. He is now working with migrants on the U.S.-Mexico border at El Paso.

Friars Aim to Start a Community in Khartoum

An international group of four friars is preparing to establish a new Franciscan presence in Khartoum, capital of Sudan.

The Fire Burns On: Remembering Ed Dunn

When Cesar Chavez died in 1993, Franciscan Brother Ed Dunn of the St. Barabara Province approached me about a project to honor the great co-founder of the United Farm Workers.

An Ecumenical Treat for Wood-Ridge Parishioners

Members of Assumption Church in Wood-Ridge, N.J., will be served cups of a special dessert called Noah's Pudding by an Interfaith Center after all the Masses on the weekend of Feb. 18-19.

Siena Students Assist During Break

Twenty Siena College students and their advisor, Edward LaRow, plan to travel to Mississippi March 11-18, where they'll spend spring break assisting at a distribution center and helping with general debris cleanup in Biloxi, one of the areas devastated by Hurricane Katrina.