Friar News Briefs

HNP Communications Around the Province

NEW YORK – Below are news items about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars – including their presentations and ministry work. 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 contacting the Communications Office.

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 Boniface Hanley, OFM, has extended an invitation to Christmas dinner at the Margate, N.J., friary to all Holy Name friars. Details are available in the Friars Only section of the Province’s Web site.

 James Hynes, OFM, is pleased with the success of the Dec. 12 Project Homeless Connect event that was held at St. Patrick-St. Anthony‘s Franciscan Center for Urban Ministry. Details will be provided in a future issue of this newsletter.  

► The friars from St. Anthony’s Parish in Butler, N.J., recently attended an Advent Day of Reflection at Mt. St. Francis in Ringwood, N.J.  Participating in the Dec.  6 program, led by Eilene Papa, former principal of St. Anthony’s School, were Thomas Hartle, OFM, Patrick Fereday, OFM, John Leonard, OFM, and Jude Murphy, OFM, and members of the parish staff. The Franciscan Sisters of Philadelphia, formerly known as the Franciscan Sisters of Ringwood, provided warm hospitality, according to John.

► A reflection by Kenneth Paulli, OFM, about St. Francis and the Christmas créche is scheduled to run in theTimes Union newspaper on Dec. 22. 

 Brian Smail, OFM, recently visited his former home, St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, for a hospitality weekend. In his new role in the Province’s Vocation Office, Brian invited Hugh Macsherry, OFM, Paul Santoro, OFM, Daniel Murray, OFM, and John Maganzini, OFM, to speak about their vocation journeys over a leisurely dinner. On another night, Dwayne Fernandes, OFM, and Barry Langley, OFM, prepared a special French dinner for the community. Following dinner, friars gathered for a dessert and tree-decorating.

► An article by Daniel Sulmasy, OFM, appears as the cover story of the Dec. 7 issue of Commonweal magazine. Titled “Preserving Life,” the piece is about  the Vatican’s new ruling on the morality of removing feeding tubes.