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The updates below describe activities of Holy Name friars, featuring celebrations, presentations, and ministry events. For more information, contact the friars by phone or email, connect with the HNP Communications Office, or visit links to the parishes and organizations mentioned.

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From the Administration
Information about the visitation of friars being conducted by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, was emailed to all HNP members on Oct. 7. These visits – from October until early May – are held as preparation for the 2017 Provincial Chapter, scheduled for June 4 to 9 at Siena College. Guardians have been asked to ensure that the documents being discussed at these conversations are available for the friars to review individually and as a fraternity.

The Boston Herald has published several articles this week about St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, which, on Thursday, is holding an inaugural gala to raise funds for its building and ministries. On Monday, a story titled “St. Anthony Shrine Goes Public with Major Event to Help with Costs” announced the Shrine’s Oct. 20 gala and gave details from Thomas Conway, OFM, executive director, about why fundraising is necessary. It also published a story titled “Hitting Boston’s Streets to Help the Homeless” about the Shrine’s Franciscan Food Center and the Bread on the Common program. On Tuesday, the Herald published a story about how the Shrine community helps with healthcare needs of the area’s homeless women. The Shrine’s Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents was featured in an article that was published on Wednesday.

Siena College president F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, served as keynote speaker as part of the commemoration of the feast of St. Francis at Hilbert College in Buffalo. The Oct. 6 talk given by the South Buffalo native was titled “An Encounter with St. Francis: His Story and Lessons for Today.”

On Oct. 22, Kevin Cronin, OFM, of Butler, N.J., will be participating in a celebration of the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Young Catholics at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston. “We will have a Eucharist in the friary chapel and a reception hosted by the friars in the community rec room,” said Kevin, who founded the group in 1976. “We are expecting 25 to 30 of the early members of the young adult group. Five friars belonged to and came from this group, not to mention the other young men who applied, joined, and for whom it did not work out. Many young adults also met their spouses through this group. It’s one of the good things that I feel proud to have been a part of in my ministry and cooperated with the grace and inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” Kevin provided a document that describes the history of the group and the Shrine’s adult education program.

Provincial Secretary Michael Harlan, OFM, was elected earlier this month to a four-year term on the board of trustees of his alma mater, St. Thomas Aquinas College in Sparkill, N.Y. For the past 10 years, Michael has served as a member of STAC’s President’s Council, a group of alumni, business professionals and community leaders who provide counsel and leadership to help the college fulfill its educational mission. Michael, a member of the class of 1978, was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2008.

Provincial Vicar Lawrence Hayes, OFM, was named moderator of the Revitalization and Restructuring Process of the OFM provinces of the United States on Oct. 10. He and the assistant moderator, Fr. Dan Anderson, OFM, of St. John the Baptist Province, participated in the recent meeting of the provincial ministers of the seven U.S. provinces, which led to 10 decisions. A report on the meeting and the decisions that will be acted on by various friars and staff members was distributed to friars on Oct. 16.

Last week, Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, participated in the English-speaking Conference meeting outside Montreal, Canada. He and other provincial ministers from the U.S. Canada, Ireland, Lithuania and Malta and the United Kingdom gathered at Saint Martin Retreat Centre. On Oct. 9, he celebrated Mass at the Church of the Assumption in Wood-Ridge, N.J., in commemoration of the parish’s 90th anniversary.

The 50th profession anniversary of Daniel Riley, OFM, director of Mt. Irenaeus, was celebrated on Oct. 6 by alumni of St. Bonaventure University with a Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. In the October issue of The Making all Things New e-newsletter, Dan reflected on his jubilee.

Four friars participated in “a magical evening filled with energy and excitement” on Oct. 13 as Christ the King Preparatory School in Newark, N.J., hosted its 8th Annual President’s Gala. “With more than 250 guests in attendance, the school’s chorus kicked off the evening’s festivities, followed by the presentation of two awards: the President’s Award and the Cristo Rey Award,” said staff member Lisa Papciak. “The President’s Award is presented to a person or organization that has demonstrated a strong and lasting support for Christ the King Prep. Senior Elizabeth Barley presented this year’s award to board member Monica Oliver. The Cristo Rey award is presented to a person or organization that embodies the mission and vision of the Cristo Rey Network. This year’s honoree is Investors Bank. Senior Ny’Janah Pride assisted president Robert Sandoz, OFM, with presenting the award to Kevin Cummings, president and CEO at Investors Bank.” In addition to Robert and principal Gregory Gebbia, OFM, other friars in attendance were Thomas Cole, OFM, of Butler, N.J., and Frank Sevola, OFM, of Pompton Lakes, N.J. Robert and Gregory have worked at the Cristo Rey school since 2009.

News for the next issue of HNP Today is requested by Oct. 26 — always the Wednesday before the newsletter’s distribution. Updates about the friars and their ministries can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Topics planned for future coverage in HNP Today include:

  • Presentations of the HNP Francis Medal
  • Formation updates about the HNP postulants and novices

Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas

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