Friar News Briefs

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NEW YORK — Below are news items about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars, including their presentations, outreach, and celebrations. More information can be obtained by visiting links to the parishes and organizations mentioned, by contacting the friars by phone or e-mail, and by connecting with the communications office.

To provide news briefs for future issues of HNP Today, e-mail Jocelyn Thomas atcommunications@hnp.org.

The death of Alcuin Coyle, OFM, was mentioned in the Jan. 8 newsletter of the Assumption Province. The article describes Alcuin’s many contributions to the province, the Order and the Church. It also said that Alcuin had been looking forward to a trip to the Holy Land that he won at the 2008 trustee dinner of Catholic Theological Union. The trip was to be led by CTU President Donald Senior, CP.

Mathias Doyle, OFM, was mentioned in the January 2009 issue of Fraternitas, the monthly publication of the Order of Friars Minor, for his work in India. It describes last fall’s chapter of St. Thomas the Apostle Province over which Mathias presided. A photo appeared in the Dec. 17, 2008 issue of this newsletter.

Edward Higgins, OFM, participated in a Jan. 16 prayer service to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., at Paterson, N.J., Catholic High School, where he teaches.

The late friars, Francis Koch, OFM, and John Loviner, OFM, were featured in the Jan. 15 issue of The Beacon newspaper, the biweekly publication of the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. The article describes their impact on the development of the diocese of Paterson.

Kevin Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., spoke last week on WGNY-Radio in Newburgh. The broadcast, which aired on Jan 13, is available via a podcast on the college’s Web site.

Frank McHugh, OFM, of St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, appeared on the Dec. 14 edition of the “Talk in the City” show on Boston Radio-The Zone. He described a book titled The Shack: Where Tragedy Confronts Eternity by William P. Young. The radio show is moderated by Gary Maciag, OFM, the shrine’s director of special projects.

Siena College President Kevin Mullen, OFM, spoke Dec. 20 on Siena’s radio station. He described the Christmas stories of St. Francis and St. Clare.

Joseph Nangle, OFM, spoke on the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and commemorated the civil rights leader. He said: “Each year, the parish where I work, Our Lady Queen of Peace in South Arlington, Va., joins a local Baptist congregation and a Unitarian Universalist church to celebrate Dr. King’s anniversary. Both last year and this year, I was  asked to present for our Catholic community. It took place, according to the rotation each year, at the Unitarian church.”

Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, is in Lima, Peru, this week, visiting friars at ministry sites of Holy Name Province. Accompanying him are Robert Menard, OFM, of Triangle, Va., and Octavio Duran, OFM, of East Rutherford, N.J., who is translating. Jim McIntosh, OFM, also joined the friars in Lima this week for the visit.

Preaching tips by Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, were the first to be posted on the new resources section of the justice and peace page of the Province’s Web site. Jacek is co-chair of the province’s JPIC directorate.

Ronald Pecci, OFM, guardian of St. Paul Friary in Wilmington, Del., was among thousands of people who gathered at the railrood station on Jan. 17, a chilly Saturday, to hear President-Elect Barack Obama speak. Ron said the experrience remnded him of a campaign stop that John Kennedy made near his home in Booklyn in the fall of 1959.

“Like that day nearly 50 years ago, the atmosphere of the crowd was charged,” Ronald said. “I remember the crowd being large and excited. I also remember the pride that I felt that a Catholic was running for president. There were many African-Americans in the crowd at the WIlmington station, and I could imagine what they were feeling.”

The eighth issue of Holy Name Parish Today was published on Jan. 10 by Editor Gonzalo Torres, OFM.  Among its many announcements and reports, the e-newsletter said: “The Franciscan friars and the Holy Name Contemporary Adults would like to extend a very special thank you to all who donated toys and other items to benefit the children of Our Children in Queens and at Incarnation Children’s Center in Manhattan over the holiday season. Your generosity, especially during this tough financial time, was greatly appreciated.”

William “Jud” Weiksnar, OFM, reports that St. Anthony of Padua parish in Camden, N.J., was mentioned in the Jan. 4 issue of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Submissions of friar news for the next issue of this newsletter are requested by Jan. 28. Some of the friars who will be featured in the February issues of HNP Today are Michael Blastic, OFM, Daniel Horan, OFM, Claude Lenehan, OFM, Raymond Selker, OFM, Michael Tyson, OFM, and Christopher Van Haight, OFM.

Editor’s Note: News of friars who have appeared in the media over the last few years appears in the Friars in the News page of the Communications section of the Province’s Web site.