For Immediate Release
CONTACT: Jocelyn Thomas, director of communications
NEW YORK — Dec. 31, 2015 — Br. Michael Reyes, OFM, a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province, an East Coast-based community of the Order of Friars Minor, will be ordained a priest on Jan. 16 at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street.
All are welcome to the 11 a.m. Mass which will be celebrated by The Very Rev. Roberto González, OFM, archbishop of San Juan, Puerto Rico. The day after his ordination, the new priest will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Francis of Assisi Church. In February, he will move to Tampa, Fla., where he will begin an assignment at Sacred Heart Parish.
The Philippines native professed his final vows as a Franciscan in August 2014, making lifelong commitments to live by the Rule of St. Francis. He was ordained a transitional deacon in May of this year. He has been performing his diaconal duties at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Md., while continuing his apprenticeship with artist Br. Robert Lentz, OFM. Br. Michael, who lives at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, received a master of divinity degree this month from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
His family migrated to the United States when he was 16 years old. Before joining the Franciscans, he worked for 10 years as a senior programmer/analyst for a Fortune 500 company in New York City.
Br. Michael, 40, became acquainted with the friars at St. Francis of Assisi Church, a block from his office in Manhattan, and was inspired by their ministry and fraternity, which, he said, gave him “a deeper understanding and sincere attraction toward St. Francis’ life, work and the Order.”
About Holy Name Province
Holy Name Province is the largest of seven entities in the United States belonging to the Order of Friars Minor. With ministries in 12 states along the East Coast, its more than 300 Catholic priests and brothers serve in colleges, parishes, urban ministry centers and a wide variety of social ministries, as well as in overseas missions.
The Order, founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi, commemorated its 800th anniversary in 2009. Today, St. Francis, whose feast day is Oct. 4, remains one of the most widely known saints, revered for his affection for nature and care for creation.
Information about Holy Name Province can be found on HNP.org. News about its friars and events can be found on the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Facebook page.
Interview and photo requests should be directed to Jocelyn Thomas, HNP director of communications, at 646-473-0265 or firstname.lastname@example.org.