Friar News Briefs

Jocelyn Thomas Features

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.

Essays by friars Russell Becker, OFM, Michael Carnevale, OFM,  Anthony Carrozzo, OFM, Patrick Fitzgerald, OFM, and Anthony LoGalbo, OFM, about a variety of seasonal themes can be found on the Web  site of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. The page is titled “Reflections From the Friary.”

Bernard Creighton, OFM, and Gerald McCaffrey, OFM, traveled from Butler, N.J., to  Allegany, N.Y., last week for a special event on the campus of St. Bonaventure University. Gerald was inducted Feb. 14 into SBU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Details will be available in the next issue of HNP Today.

Dwayne Fernandes, OFM, presented a program on Feb. 10 titled, “Our Daily Bread and Divine Feasts,” to the Boston 20/30 Ministry, a group of young adults at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. He discussed how food is portrayed, according to the bulletin of St. Anthony Shrine.

In Hartford, Conn., Thomas Gallagher, OFM, is offering a monthly discussion group at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, where he is pastor. The “Living Our Faith” series, which begins on Feb. 19, facilitates dialog about the life and ministry in the Church. Participants will read from religious publications.

A talk given by Francis Gunn, OFM, of Pompton Lakes, N.J, was featured in the Feb. 12 issue of The Beacon, the newspaper of the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. 

Provincial Secretary Michael Harlan, OFM,  was recently elected co-chair of the President’s Council at St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y, his alma mater. His two-year term began Feb. 11. The President’s Council is an advisory group to the college’s institutional advancement leadership, comprised of business, professional and community leaders. The council provides support for the college’s mission, advisement and implementation of fundraising goals, and helps to promote expansion of the college and its programs. Michael, who graduated in 1978, has served as a member of the President’s Council since 2005. He was honored in January 2008 with an alumni award.

David Hyman, OFM, reports that the campus ministry at University of Georgia will hold its second annual celebration of Black History Month on Feb. 22. The program, which is “shaping up nicely,” will include music and poetry.  David was at the Provincial Office on Feb. 5 with John Frambes, OFM, Neil O’Connell, OFM, and Steven Pavignano, OFM, for a meeting of the HNP African-American Ministry Committee. 

Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, presented a lecture last week at St. Anthony Shrine about the history of Holy Name Province.

Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, gave a presentation to religious education teachers of the Diocese of Arlington, Va., on Feb. 7.

Gerald Paciello, OFM, has been hired as director of spiritual care at Caritas Norwood Hospital in Norwood, Mass. He will begin this position in March.

Members of a Just Faith group from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford, Conn., recently visited All Saints Parish in Harlem, New York City. The Feb. 1 church bulletin included special thanks to All Saints Pastor Steven Pavignano, OFM, for his creativity and hospitality.

Gene Pistacchio, OFM, presented a talk during a formation retreat Feb. 13 to 15, with the Missionaries of the Kingship of Christ, at the St. Pius X Retreat Center in Blackwood, N.J. Gene, who was spiritual assistant to the missionaries, presented talks on “The Implications of the Incarnation, an Embodied Spirituality for Christmas and all Seasons.”

The Missionaries are formed in the Franciscan tradition, with time for silence, evening discussions, and prayerful celebrations of the liturgy of the hours, and Eucharist. According to Gene, 15 women of various ages are in formation, wishing to live more simply and to serve their communities in the spirit of the Gospels and the Secular Institute of Missionaries Rule. Founded in 1919 in Assisi, and approved as a Secular Institute of Pontifical Rite in 1948, the missionaries were established in the United States by Stephen Hartegen, OFM, and Barbara Ottinger in 1953.

They conclude their formation period as consecrated seculars who do not live in community but take the vow of celibate chastity with promises of poverty and obedience. For more information about the missionaries, contact Gene in Boston at 617-542-6440, ext. 21.

Daniel Riley, OFM, director of  Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat in Western New York, led a discussion at St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., about theologian Thomas Merton. The Feb. 17 – 18 program was titled,  “Learning to Live… From Racism to Romance: Finding Our Way From Our Head To Our Heart.”  The discussions, which were free and open to the public, are the latest lectures in the Thomas Merton Lecture series, sponsored by SBU’s Franciscan Heritage Council.
Submissions of news for the next issue of HNP Today are requested by Feb. 25. Information about friars in the media can be found on the Communications page of the HNP Web site.

 Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas