Friars Welcome N.Y. Archbishop

HNP Communications Friar News

NEW YORK — New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan recently met Holy Name Province friars from New York City and Newburgh, N.Y., when he socialized with clergy in Manhattan and the 50th anniversary celebration of Mount Saint Mary College in Upstate New York.

On Oct. 28, the archbishop attended a reception and dinner with the priests of the Westside Vicariate at Holy Trinity Church in New York City. Archbishop Dolan gave a brief upbeat statement and then attended Vespers and a reception for the public in the church hall. Friars from St. Francis of Assisi and Holy Name of Jesus churches in New York City attended.

The next day, he traveled to Mount Saint Mary College, where he helped president Kevin Mackin, OFM, and the school community celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding by Dominican Sisters. He was given an honorary degree at the Oct. 29 celebration. Kevin, shown in photo, had been inaugurated president of the college in October 2008.

Catholic New York, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New York, reported that Kevin welcomed the more than 750 who attended, including faculty, students, trustees, benefactors, local government officials, leaders from other colleges and members of the public.

“As we celebrate the heritage of the founding congregation, we do not merely open a scrapbook of fond memories,” Kevin said. “Rather, we have a golden opportunity to be inspired and challenged by contemplating their passionate commitment and their pioneering spirit.”