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HNP Today

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

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.

Talbot Concert at Fair Lawn

St. Anne's Church in Fair Lawn, N.J., will be hosting a concert by acclaimed musician John Michael Talbot on May 8 at 8:00 p.m.

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.


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.