Friar News Briefs

HNP Communications Around the Province

Below is news about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars – including their speeches, publications, and ministry work. More information can be obtained by visiting the links to the parishes mentioned, by contacting the friars by phone or e-mail, and by contacting the Provincial Office.

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Justin Bailey, OFM, recently returned from New Orleans, La., where he led a retreat for priests of the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Peter Chepaitis, OFM, will lead a retreat for the Filipino Ministry at Manhattan’s St. Francis of Assisi Church, Ugnayan, from Oct. 12-14 at the Damascus Retreat House in New York City.

Francis Gunn, OFM, facilitated an Oct. 6 retreat at St. Mary’s Church in Pompton, Lakes, N.J., as part of the parish’s celebration of St. Francis Week. The all-day event was held in the new Carnevale Center.

Kenneth Himes, OFM
, faculty member at Boston College, will lecture tomorrow at Seton Hall University (SHU), South Orange, N.J. The theme of the Oct. 11 lecture, presented by SHU and the Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., with support of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, is, “Where is Justice in God’s Agenda for the Church.” Also speaking is Fr. John Haugheym, SJ, of the Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

A recent article by Daniel Horan, OFM, appeared in The Cord. The article, “Light and Love: Robert Grosseteste and John Duns Scotus on the How and Why of Creation,” appears in Vol. 57, No. 3 (July/September 2007). Daniel lives at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md.

Hugh Macsherry, OFM
, is spending part of his internship year ministering in the deaf apostolate of the Archdiocese of Boston. He invited members of the deaf apostolate to St. Anthony Shrine on Sept. 11.

John Maganzini, OFM, has been invited to participate in the newly-formed Saturday Spiritual Direction Program at San Damiano House of Prayer in Lowell, Mass. The House of Prayer is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Milwaukee. Certification for the two-year program will be issued by Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. Richard Flaherty, OFM, Daniel Murray, OFM, and Barry Langley, OFM, entered the first class that began this month.

Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, gave the fourth annual Franciscan lecture at St. Francis College, Brooklyn, on Oct. 2. After an opening prayer by Sr. Colleen Colbert, OP, and a welcome by Timothy Houlian, academic dean, Dominic spoke about the history of Franciscan higher education.

Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, is attending a meeting this week of the English-Speaking OFM Conference in Danville, Calif.

Ronald Stark, OFM, was homilist at the dedication Mass for the Carnevale Center at St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes, N.J., on Oct. 7.  The Most Rev. Frank Rodimer, bishop of Paterson, N.J., was the celebrant. Michael Carnevale, OFM, was the honored guest. A summary of the festive event will appear in a future issue of this newsletter.

Daniel Sulmasy, OFM
, was interviewed by CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen and quoted Sept. 24 regarding allegations that Pope John Paul II was euthanized. The transcript can be found on CNN’s Web site. On Sept. 26, Daniel, professor of medicine and director of the Bioethics Institute at New York Medical College, and professor at St. Vincent’s Hospital, both in Manhattan; appeared on CBS-TV in New York City, explaining how the death was consistent with Catholic teaching on withholding extraordinary means of care.

Basil Valente, OFM, was promoted to assistant professor and awarded tenure in the Russell J. Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communication at St. Bonaventure University (SBU) last month. Basil, who joined the faculty in 1990, teaches masters courses in integrated marketing communications, and undergraduate classes in mass media, advertising, public relations, and more. He earned SBU’s Faculty Recognition Award for Excellence in Service in 2003.