EASTON, Pa. — A review of the Province’s 2008 to 2013 Strategic Plan, as well as a sharing of common and concerns, were the focus of the Province’s 2010 guardians meeting.
On Wednesday, after morning prayer led by Thomas Gallagher, OFM, of Hartford, Conn., the guardians listened to presentations on seven aspects of the strategic plan, given mainly by members of the Provincial Council.
|•||Fraternity, led by Francis Di Spigno, OFM, of Silver Spring, Md.|
|•||Collaboration, by F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, of St. Bonaventure University, who also moderated the meeting|
|•||Mission, led by Daniel Dwyer, OFM, of Siena College, which included an update of programs of the HNP Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation|
|•||Finances by Thomas Conway, OFM, of Beach Haven, N.J. This featured a fundraising presentation by Joe Hertel, with representatives from a consulting firm hired by the Province to conduct the HNP Capital Campaign|
|•||Friar Skills and Development, led by Ed Coughlin, delivering information from Dominic Monti, OFM,co–chair of the Province’s Leadership Development Committee, who was unable to travel to Pennsylvania for health reasons, and Frank Sevola, OFM|
|•||Franciscan Identity, by Kevin Mullen, OFM, which included a presentation on communication initiatives such as social media, the Province’s website and an update on the new friar e-mail option|
|•||Vocation, given by Brian Smail, OFM, HNP vocation director, who reported some of his office’s accomplishments including website enhancements, newsletter, writing of vocation handbook and strategic plan|
|•||Would merging Provincial directorates — perhaps Evangelization and Fraternal Life or Fraternal Life and Ministerial Development — provide more strength and productivity?|
|•||Is a mark of Holy Name Province still its collaboration with partners-in-ministry?|
|•||What are the benefits and the drawbacks to being financially transparent?|
|•||Is it more accurate to say “all friars have influence” instead of “all friars are leaders”?|
|•||Is there a need for a stronger Franciscan voice in the areas of immigration, peacemaking and climate change?|
|•||How do guardians use their Franciscan Life Plans to advance our Franciscan identity?|
|•||How can friars strengthen trust among each other?|
|•||What is the process for looking into new ministries?|
“I believe the guardians most appreciated the time together; it is always a very positive fraternal experience,” John said, adding, “I personally enjoy being with the friars and catching up on what is happening for their ministries and fraternities.”
The Province’s guardians traveled for their annual gathering from South America, New England and many locations in between. The meeting included 45 friars — 34 guardians, seven council members, as well as Fr. Fred Link, OFM, (General Visitor), Joseph Hertel, Brian Smail, and Raphael Bonanno, OFM, representing the Province’s Ministry of the Word. Several attendees said they appreciated the fraternal aspect of the gathering.
“I also liked the setting. The friars from SJB Province were very welcoming,” Ron said.
Frank, of Providence, R.I., said, “The best part of the guardians’ meeting for me is the fraternity. It is great to see friars who I don’t get to see very often. It is also a great opportunity to hear what is happening in other ministries and an excellent opportunity to draw on the considerable experience and wisdom that is gathered together at the meeting.”