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 Provincial Office.

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 Michael Carnevale, OFM, celebrated the annual memorial Mass of the RENEW Younger Retiree group of Manhattan’s St. Francis of Assisi Church,  on Nov. 11 in honor of Veterans Day.

Francis Di Spigno, OFM, was among the friars attending the Second Congress of the Americas Conference, Oct. 29 to Nov. 2, in Santiago,Chile, with Russell Testa, director of the Province’s Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation.  More information about the gathering will follow in a future issue of HNP Today.

►Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, spoke earlier this month at Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J., as part of a forum on the life and legacy of St. Francis of Assisi.  He was one of two speakers at the Nov. 10 program who spoke on “The Journey of the Mind to God.”  It was sponsored by the Institute for Christian Spirituality’s Great Spiritual Books program, part of Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology, Seton Hall University.

Gerald Paciello, OFM, recently completed a certificate in clinical healthcare ethics through St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. Gerald, vicar of St. Paul Church in Wilmington, Del., is chaplain at the Franciscan Care Center, a 104-bed long-term care and rehabilitation facility in Hockessin, Del.

► In coordination with the Johnson Institute for Senior Adult Ministry, St. Louis, Mo., Edwin Robinson, OFM, presented a five-day workshop in October for the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at its Philadelphia residence. The workshop was titled “Body-Mind-Spirit Personal Healing and Spiritual Development: Identifying and Using your Unique Six Healing Gifts.” Edwin is director of pastoral care at St. Cabrini Nursing Home in Dobbs Ferry, N.Y.

Timothy Shreenan, OFM, led a tour recently of St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street in Manhattan, for members of the parish’s RENEW Younger Retiree Group. The Nov. 15 program highlighted the history of the more than 100-year old church, describing the origin of the organ, windows, mosaics,  vestibule sculpture, and the Miraculous crucifix in the lower church. The church was built in 1892  to replace the previous one that had been outgrown by the growing parish, that  was establshed in 1844.