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HNP Today

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

News from the Novitiate

Two weeks ago, the novices came back from a very special retreat in Aston, Pa. We had followed the Rule of St. Francis for Hermitages for 10 days.

Update on 31st Street Building Project

Construction continues to go well on the new building at 31st Street. They are currently getting ready to pour the 26th floor.

Francis de Paul Kealy Passes Away

Father Francis de Paul Kealy, OFM, 83 years of age, a professed friar for 60 years and a priest for 55 years, died on March 11 at Holy Name Friary, Ringwood, N.J.

Bishop John Burke Dies Suddenly

Most Reverend John J. Burke, OFM, bishop of Miracema do Tocantins, Brazil, an alumnus of Holy Name Province, died March 14 in Brazil, during surgery to stop massive internal bleeding. John would have been 71 years of age on March 16. He has been a professed Franciscan friar for 50 years, a priest for 45 years, and a Bbishop for 10 years. John would have celebrated his 11th anniversary of ordination to the episcopate on March 25.

Conventuals Release Soup Kitchen Documentary

The Conventual Friars announced the release of a short documentary film from three-time Emmy Award winning filmmaker Mary K. Fields Korfhage. The Franciscan Shelter House is an outreach program located in the Smoketown neighborhood of Louisville.

Visit to the Province of Vietnam

The General Minister, José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, visited the Province of St. Francis in Vietnam Feb. 23-28. It is the first time that a General Minister of the Order officially visited the Province, thanks to a special visa given by the government of Vietnam.

Welcoming the Stranger: Franciscans and Immigration

In December 2005, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill calling for severe border enforcement and punishing measures for immigrants. Many of you may have recently heard about this bill when Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles spoke out about it.

Lenten Statement

As we begin our Lenten observance this year, we would do well to fix our eyes on Jesus, to enter with him into the spirit of those 40 days in preparation for the celebration of the Easter mysteries.

Lenten Beginnings at Saint Anthony Shrine

John Maganzini and Gregory Day, as members of the Religious Brothers Conference, were guests of Divine Word Brother Donald Champagne, superior and director of Miramar Retreat House in Duxbury, Mass., at their annual Mardi Gras celebration for diocesan and religious priests and brothers in the area.

Bona Responds to Katrina Disaster

St. Bonaventure University students and faculty have organized a major Hurricane Katrina relief effort - BonaResponds - to the Gulf Region. Over 200 students have volunteered - 10% of the total student population.