Friar News Briefs

HNP Communications Around the Province

Below is news about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars – including their presentations, celebrations, 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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Peacemaking, solidarity with the poor, simplicity of life, community in mission and other Franciscan values that are part of St. Francis Builds are described in an article in the July 2007 St. Anthony Messenger that features the experiences of Michael Johnson with the program. The article, titled “Franciscan Habitat Experience,“ relates the accomplishments of St. Francis Builds, which is sponsored by Holy Name Province and was launched in 2005 out of St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Md.

St. Francis Builds, a twinning relationship wtih Habitat for Humanity’s Global Village program, has allowed amost 60 individuals from within and without HNP to explore the richness of Franciscan spirituality while building houses with brothers and sisters in places like Bolivia, El Salvador and Guatemala, Michael said. Information about upcoming trips appears on the program’s Web site (below).

Gary Maciag reports that he was a presenter on two panels at the recent annual conference of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE) in New Orleans. The first panel, “Online Teaching and MERLOT,” was a demonstration of the online teaching resources available through MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Online Teaching and Learning). For the past three years, he has acted as liaison between ATHE and MERLOT.

“Another person will be taking over this effort, but I will continue to be involved on the editorial board,” Gary said. “The second panel, “A Performance Studies Tour of New Orleans,” was a walking tour of public spaces with an eye toward analyzing their performative aspects, including spatial dynamics, the relationship of public art to its site and iconography. I also participated in meetings of ATHE’s Electronic Technology Committee.”

Kevin Mullen and John Piccione were among 400 alumni, faculty, staff and friends of Siena College who attended the 7th annual Siena Day at the Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 10 as part of a fundraiser for the college’s Center for Revolutionary Era Studies. The purpose of this newly-established center is to extend the study and understanding of the American Revoluton and its impact by offering programs for the greater academic community and the public, said Janet Gianopoulos, Siena’s director of news services. Kevin was among VIPs in the Winners Circle who signed a farewell card for Funny Cide, the New York-bred winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness races.

Patrick Tuttle was welcomed to the 107.3 FM JAMZ Gospel station in Greenville, S.C., on Aug. 2 to record the Sunday morning Gospel show with Baptist Pastor Curtis Johnson. Pastor Johnson mentioned on air that his “White Chocolate Brother” was the first white and first Catholic and first priest to be on the radio show in its 30-year history, said Patrick, who is pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenville. Pastor Johnson has many good and respectful questions and would like to do it again, Patrick said, adding that the program was aired during “our respective services.”