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HNP Today

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

Franciscan Presence at World Peace Forum

The National Council of the Secular Franciscan Order in Canada is hosting a gathering of the Franciscan Family in Vancouver in conjunction with the World Peace Forum from June 23-28.

Report of the SFO General Chapter

The General Chapter of the SFO was held from Nov. 5-12, 2005, at the Barbara Micarelli Spirituality Center run by the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Infant Jesus in Santa Maria degli Angeli near Assisi.

Friars In Libya Forced to Flee Ministry

The Franciscan Church of the Immaculate Conception, with the adjacent friary and the residence of the Apostolic Vicar of Benghazi, has been attacked and ransacked by angry Muslim mobs during the disorders that took place in this town on Feb. 20.

Building Bridges of Solidarity with the One, Human Family

For the next 40 days, Catholics all over the world will forgo chocolate, TV or some other indulgence as a way to focus on their relationship with Jesus. This year, I would like to invite you to enrich your personal and parish penitential experience by praying, fasting, learning and giving through Operation Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services's (CRS) annual Lenten program for individuals, families, parishes, schools and other groups.

Alcuin Coyle Honored at 31st Street Dinner

With over 50 guests in attendance, Alcuin Coyle was honored at a dinner on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The occasion marked his retirement after 20 years as director of adult education at St. Francis of Assisi on West 31st Street.

Speaking Spanish “Down the Shore”

Ministry to Spanish-speaking Catholics has a long history and a promising future at St. Francis Parish on Long Beach Island, N.J.

An Appeal for Help from the Philippines

When I arrived back from our II OFM JPIC International Congress, news of the mudslide disaster on Feb. 17 that affected several villages in St. Bernard, Southern Leyte, Philippines have been in the headlines the past few days. As of the latest count, 220 dead bodies have been recovered but it is believed that more than a thousand are feared to have suffered the same fate.

Reflections on the OFM JPIC Congress: Some Next Steps

As I reflect upon my experience representing the Province in the Second International OFM Congress for JPIC in Brazil, I am left with a renewed sense of encouragement for our JPIC work in the Holy Name Province.

About the Photo

This week's photo is of Sebastian Tobin in his sandal shop at 31st Street and was taken by Octavio Duran. More information on Sebastian's shop can be found at

E-Mail Changes

Raphael Bonanno has a new e-mail address.