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.

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Michael Carnevale, OFM, and the St. Francis Breadline are featured in the May mailing of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York and will also appear in the upcoming Summer issue of The Anthonian magazine.

F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, chair of the Province’s Ongoing Formation Committee, is leading a group of HNP friars to Assisi and other Franciscan sites in Italy. The pilgrimage begins May 21.

Bishop Capistran Heim, OFM, will be at St. Stephen of Hungary Church in New York City on May 30 for the confirmation of the parish’s seventh- and eighth-graders.

The community of St. Stephen of Hungary Church in New York City offered three French plays at the church, according to Jacques LaPointe OFM, who, with Angelo Gambatese, OFM, pastor, coordinates the programs. “Their role,” Jacques said, “is not just to offer concerts and plays but to enrich the parish with quality culture and to help them have a connection to diverse communities.”

Kevin Mackin, OFM, president of Mount Saint Mary College, conferred 510 bachelor’s degrees and 245 master’s degrees at the college’s annual commencement ceremony May 16 at the Newburgh, N.Y., campus. The ceremony was Kevin’s first as president of the college and featured Fox Television CEO Jack Abernethy as commencement speaker.

Pastor Jerome Massimino, OFM, last month welcomed six people into St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. During the April 11 Easter Vigil, he baptized Luis Rodriquez. A week later, he received five others into the Church. A photo of the group appeared in the parish’s May 3 bulletin. Jerome invites anyone in the New York area who is intersted in becoming a Catholic or who is already Catholic but who would like to complete their rites of initiation to contact the catechumenate program at St. Francis of Assisi by calling pastoral associate Joseph Nuzzi at  212-736-8500 ex. 365.

A photo of Aubrey McNeil, OFM, pastor of St. Mary of the Angels Church, Anderson, S.C., appeared in the April 29 issue of the Independent Mail. He is shown with Pati Brosch and Norene Smith of the Clean Start hygiene and resource center in Anderson. On May 21, Aubrey and the Clean Start community will be celebrating the center’s new building.

Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, led a retreat for friars of the Immaculate Conception Province from May 4 to 7 at Mount Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, N.Y.

Siena College president Kevin Mullen, OFM, presented the first Fr. Matthew Conlin, OFM, Distinguished Service Award earlier this month to Dr. Joshua Diamond, a professor of physics at the Loudonville, N.Y., college.

Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, departed May 19 for Italy, where he will participate in the spring meeting of the OFM English-speaking Conference and the Order’s General Chapter.

Paul O’Keeffe, OFM, graduated from Howard University in Washington, D.C., on May 9 with a master’s degree in social work and a concentration in counseling. In August, he will move to Long Beach Island, N.J., for a year-long internship at St. Francis Community Center.

On April 2, the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting presented Michael Putich, OFM, with the St. George Emblem, a national recognition for those who have distinguished themselves by their outstanding and faithful service to Catholic Youth through scouting programs. The presentation was made by Bishop Edward Kmeic at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Buffalo. For four years, Michael has served as chaplain for the Diocesan Catholic Committee on Scouting. The citation also honored the late J. Gregory Brennan, OFM, who served scouting.

Daniel Sulmasy, OFM, of All Saints Church Friary in Harlem, will be the commencement speaker at New York Medical College on May 27. Dan, who held a position at the college, is featured in a cover story in the April issue of In Touch, the college’s monthly newsletter. The article describes Dan’s professional work as a professor and medical ethicist.

James Vacco, OFM, administrator of St. John’s Church in Olean, N.Y., was a key to success of a recent fundraiser for the Warming House soup kitchen in Olean, a ministry of St. Bonaventure University, where Jim teaches. After he publicized the need for more food, $2,500 was raised this spring.

A photo of Basil Valente, OFM, appears on the back cover of the spring issue of St. Bonaventure University’sThe Communicator newsletter in a story about the expansion of the university’s new master of arts degree program in integrated marketing communications.

Information about HNP friars who have appeared in the public press can be found on the Communications Page of the HNP site. Photo albums of friar gatherings can be found on the Extranet.

Among the friars who will be featured in upcoming issues of the newsletter are Anthony Fedell, OFM, Richard Husted, OFM, Jeffery Jordan, OFM, and John Pierce, OFM.