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NEW YORK — Below are news items about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars, including their presentations, publications 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 calling the Communications Office.

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►  Provincial Secretary Michael Harlan, OFM, was honored by his home parish, St. John the Baptist Church in Piermont, N.Y., on his 25th anniversary as a friar. Msgr. John Mulligan, pastor, presided at the June 28 Mass, and Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, concelebrated. Also at the event , in addition to many relatives of Michael, was the president of Michael’s alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y., Sr. Margaret Mary Fitzpatrick, several Dominican sisters, Francis Gunn, OFM, Gregory Jakubowicz , OFM, and Raymond Selker, OFM, who had assisted at the church.

►  Kevin Mackin, OFM, began his new job as president of Mt. St. Mary College, Newburgh, N.Y., on July 1, succeeding Sr. Ann Sakac, who served the college for  37 years.  In a July 1 interview with a local TV station, Kevin said that a college has a vital role to play in the growth of its host city. “We’re going to work very hard to raise the excellence of the college to an even higher level, because we really believe that the best resource we have is brain power in young people.”  Janet Gianopoulos, former director of news services at Siena College, is Kevin’s assistant.

►  William McIntyre, OFM, was honored June 29 with a farewell reception at St. Paul Parish in Wilmington , Del., where he had served as pastor.  Details and photos will appear in the next issue of HNP Today.

►  An article by Kevin Tortorelli, OFM, titled, “St. Francis of Assisi and his Friends,” was published in The Cord (volume 58, No. 2, April/June, 2008, pp. 112-118), the publication of The Franciscan Institute.