Frair News Briefs

HNP Communications Around the Province

Below is news about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars – including their retreats, speeches, celebrations, and ministry work. More information can be obtained by visiting the links to the parishes mentioned, by contacting the friars by phone or e-mail, and by contacting the Provincial Office.

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Thomas Conway and Steven Kluge of Long Beach Island, along with an Episcopal priest, participated in the annual ‘blessing of the fleet’  on June 18 sponsored by the Lutheran Church in Barnegat Light, N.J.,  under the pastorship of the Rev. John Pierce. After a prayer service, the clergy members were taken by the Coast Guard to the middle of the inlet, where the commercial and pleasure boats sailed by and were blessed. by us all. This is a wonderful ecumenical and community event that is looked forward to by all, Steve said.

While attending the annual conference of the Mormon History Association in Salt Lake City, Daniel Dwyer was invited to give the invocation at the Sunday Devotional on May 27.  The Devotional, a prayer service that marks the end of the conference each year, was held in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square in Salt Lake City–next door to the Mormon Tabernacle.  This year, the prayer service, usually conducted by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, featured non-Mormons who belong to the association.

Dan said that “It was an honor and a real joy to offer prayer in such an unusual setting.  By coincidence, the final hymn was “All Creatures of Our God and King.  The president of the MHA noted the appropriateness of my being on the dais for that tune.”

At Anthony of Padua in Camden, N.J., Jerry Hudson and William “Jud” Weiksnar and  participated in a parish-hosted meeting in their church basement with the city’s Chief operating officer, mayor, city council, and all the city department heads which more than 100 people attended.  The 2-1/2 hour meeting dealt with how Camden has been using the $175 million given by the State of New Jersey under the Municipal Rehabilitation and Recovery Act, Jud said.  Jerry is the friars’ principal liaison with the community organizing group CCOP, Camden Churches Organized for People.

Gregory Jakubowicz, HNP’s vocation director, gave the commencement address on June 8 to the graduates of Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School in Buffalo, N.Y. Gregory, a 1983 graduate of Timon, is a member of the school’s board of trustees.

Dominic Monti represented Holy Name’s provincial  administration on June 13 at the Province’s reception of the novices at  St. Paul’s Church in Wilmington. Del. Details about the event will appear in a future issue of HNP Todayas well as in the summer 2007 issue of Insight and Wisdom, the publication of Holy Name’s vocation office.

Daniel Sulmasy, a nationally-recognized authority on medical ethics, was elected a member of the Society of Scholars of The John Hopkins University last month, and was invested with 15 other new members at a May 16 ceremony. The Society comprises former postdoctoral fellows and junior or visiting faculty at John Hopkins who have gained marked distinction in their fields .Details about the society appear in the May 14 edition of The JHU Gazette.

John Boyd- Boyland, OFM, a member of the Province of the Holy Spirit based in New South Wales, Australia helped at St. Francis o f Assisi parish in Raleigh, N.C., earlier this month while  several of the parish’s friars, includingWilliam McConville and Mark Reamer, were at the Chapter of Mats in Loudonville, N. .Y.  John, who returned to Brisbane, Australia, on June 10, had been based at Holy Name’s St Anthony Shrine in Boston since January.