Friar News Briefs

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The updates below describe activities of Holy Name friars and feature celebrations, presentations, and ministry events. For more information, email the friars, contact the HNP Communications Office, or visit links to the parishes and organizations mentioned.

To provide news briefs for future articles, email information to communications director Jocelyn Thomas at communications@hnp.org.

From the Provincial Administration
An updated edition of the 2017-18 HNP Directory is now available in the Friars Only section of HNP.org.

► Two days after the Feb. 14 school shooting in Parkland, Fla., John Anglin, OFM, wrote on his blog “The Wandering Friar” about anger and the need to “look in the mirror and recognize that [individuals who have gone on shooting rampages] are ourselves, even though the great majority of us will never go to their extremes.” John, who lives in St. Petersburg, Fla., suggests that “perhaps a good Lenten practice would be to look into our own hearts and ask the Good Lord to heal us of all of the pent-up anger that comes out in things like road rage, angry ranting, etc. Healthy anger helps us correct injustice. Much anger does not get resolved, and we are left with a residue of unresolved anger, a residue that began building up when we were mere children. Much of it was justified in the beginning, but now it is a poison, a spiritual poison that does no harm to those who hurt us originally, but only harms ourselves.”

► A lecture by Michael Blastic, OFM, titled “Meditating on the Life of Christ: The Early Franciscan Practice and its Implications for Contemporary Practices” will be given at the Franciscan School of Theology at Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside, Calif. on April 18. Michael is stationed at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate at Old Mission Santa Barbara.

► Eight friars who are part of the Emmaus Faith Sharing Fraternity met last month at Mout St. Vincent College in the Bronx. The participants were David Bossman, OFM, of West Orange, N.J., Peter Chepaitis, OFM, of Middleburgh, N.Y., Jim McIntosh, OFM, and Richard Mucowski, OFM, of Assumption Friary in Wood-Ridge, N.J., and Christopher Keenan, OFM, Ronald PecciOFM, Christian Seno OFM, and Benedict Taylor, OFM, who hosted the gathering. “As friars move to different places and several no longer live singly, we decided to keep the faith sharing alive because it nurtured our spiritual and Franciscan life so well,” said Peter, co-director of Bethany Ministries. “This group grew out of the Emmaus Fraternity of friars who live singly, which began in 2000. It consists of friars who live in diverse situations who feel a call to gather to share life, faith and food every three to four months. After a time of checking in, we entered into prayer with the scriptures, silence and praying the “Praise of God” by Francis of Assisi and sharing reflections. Members of the group shared some of the joys and pain of our lives and ministries, discussed the movie ‘The Sultan and the Saint’ and discussed the racist attitudes in ourselves and in the Province.” Peter recently mailed more than 2,500 copies of the yearly newsletter of Bethany Ministries, which, he says, “we hope will be a blessing to all who receive it.” A copy can be accessed at bethmin.org.

► A video featuring Ross Chamberland, OFM, special assistant to the vice president for enrollment and executive director of St. Bonaventure University’s Lateran Center for Catholic Identity, was posted Feb. 8 on the Facebook page of Daybreak TV Productions. In it, Ross talks about how he responds to a challenge. Daybreak is a non-profit group of the Diocese of Buffalo, N.Y., that produces Catholic TV programming. On Feb. 14, Ross was interviewed by SBU TV Channel 9 about the importance of Ash Wednesday and what it means for the Lenten season.

► From Feb. 5 to 7, Lawrence Hayes, OFM, and the secretaries of formation of the other US-6 provinces met at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate in Santa Barbara, Calif., with friars working in initial formation. The purpose of this gathering was to bring together those working in initial formation across all levels – vocations, postulancy, novitiate and temporary profession – to discuss current issues and concerns, as well as possibilities for the future. “The discussions included updates from each level, needed changes to the curricula of the levels, further standardizing of general policies across provinces, the philosophy and methods of our formation programs, and the pros and cons of a possible ‘Franciscan year.’ The discussions – which were, at times, quite specific and, at other times, general and exploratory – were both productive and encouraging. Gathering together so many of the friars working in initial formation provided a great fraternal experience that enhanced trust and our sense of a common mission and purpose across provinces and levels of formation. A process to discern a new member for the novitiate team, originally scheduled for Feb. 7 to 9, had to be postponed until the beginning of March due to an initial lack of candidates proposed by the provinces. (Two friars have since been proposed for the discernment process.) While at Old Mission Santa Barbara, we were given a tour of the extensive archives housed there. The extent of the holdings and the warm reception by the archivists were impressive. The hospitality of the novitiate community and the larger friar community at the Old Mission was delightful. Of course, the weather was fantastic: spring in February! The novitiate community – both the team and the novices – warmly welcomes visits to the novitiate by friars.”

► Daniel Horan, OFM, said it was “a joy” to lead the annual deacon retreat for the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., from Feb. 9 to 11. “I felt honored to concelebrate and preach at the liturgy with Bishop Robert Guglielmone,” said Dan, who lives at Blessed Giles Friary in Chicago, on Facebook. During the weekend of Feb. 17, he led a parish Lenten retreat at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Las Vegas.

► Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, N.C., was featured by ABC news in Durham on Feb. 14. In a piece titled “Ash Wednesday: Wearing Ashes Marks the Beginning of Lent,” Hugh Macsherry, OFM, said: “Ashes are certainly a symbol of death and a sign of new life as well.”

► On Feb. 21, William McIntyre, OFM, was sown in as associate chaplain at the Bibb County Sherriff’s Office in Macon, Ga., where William has served as pastor of St. Peter Claver Parish since 2016. “I am looking forward to beginning a relationship with the Bibb County Detention Center and supporting the sheriff’s deputies. I am the only Catholic chaplain with Bibb County where chaplains provide ecumenical ministry. I am also the only chaplain who speaks Spanish and there is sadly a growing need for ministry to Spanish-speaking detained men and women.  Sheriff David Davis of Bibb County was very gracious as he administered the oath to the new Associate Chaplains in the presence  of the dozen other chaplains, family members and parishioners.”

Topics that will be featured in future issues of this newsletter include:

  • Profiles of friars marking 50 and 25 years since professing first vows
  • Recently-published books by HNP friars

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas

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