NEW YORK — Once a Franciscan friar, always a Franciscan friar at heart.
Former friars and men who left the Province’s formation program are invited to a Friars’ Family Reunion on April 20 in New York City. The event, organized by Michael Carnevale, OFM, will reconnect men who left the Order with their friar classmates.
“I think it is so important for the men who have left us to realize that they are still part of the Franciscan family, part of Holy Name Province, and part of the lives of friars who were their classmates and stationed with them,” Michael said. “They are never forgotten because of their contribution to the family.
“Also, I believe that the Province has the obligation to keep in touch with them and be there for them whenever they need us,” he continued.
The reunion will begin with celebration of the 4 p.m. Mass at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi on West 31st Street. Michael encourages those who are attending to come to the Mass so they can “see St. Francis of Assisi in action today.”
After Mass, guests will sign in at San Damiano Hall and enjoy a brief reception with a welcome from Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, before dinner. Following the meal, several presentations concerning the state of the Province will be given.
The last friars’ reunion was held more than 10 years ago. Neil O’Connell, OFM, organized the gathering at St. Stephen of Hungary Church on 82nd Street in New York City.
Formal invitations to the event will be sent in March, according to Michael who said he is gathering details about area hotels’ availability. Information about the reunion can be obtained through Michael by email and by calling 212-736-8500.
— Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.