HNP Today’s Top Stories of 2010

Rebecca Doel Around the Province

NEW YORK — During the year 2010, HNP Today covered a variety of friar milestones, announcements about vocation efforts, the Province and Vocation Ministry’s new and enhanced outreaches on the web and through social media, as well as an assortment of updates from parishes and ministries.

One of the most widely-read stories of the past year was the announcement of a new site for the Franciscan interprovincial novitiate.

A review of this and other widely read stories of the newsletter provide a glimpse of the events that most interested the nearly 1,300 subscribers to HNP Today. Below are the top articles of the past 26 issues.

Jan. 6 Marking Milestones
Boston Friars Bless Chapel
Jan. 20 Friars, Ministries Respond to Haiti Earthquake
Feb. 3 St. Camillus Partners on New School
Feb. 17 Initial Formation Program Changes for 2010-2011 Year
March 3 Gerald Hudson Dies
Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Launch Facebook Page
March 17 Funeral Services Planned for Dan Hurley
Thomas Sheehan Dies
Provincial Minister Visits American Friars in Japan
March 31 Franciscan Institute Curtails Masters Program
April 14 Friar To Be Appointed to White House Commission
April 28 Friars Recognize New York City Mayor with Francis Medal
May 12 New Jersey Parish Sanctuary Renovated
May 26 Postulant Year Concludes in Boston
June 9 Matthew Gaskin Dies
Theresa Bartha Celebrates 25 Years with Provincial Office
June 23 Jubilee Celebration June 24
Vocation Ministry Launches Redesigned Web Page
July 7 Province Celebrates Anniversaries of Franciscan Life
Province Receives George Camacho as Novice
July 21 Manhattan Church Concludes First Leg of Strategic Planning
Aug. 4 Boston Newspapers Focus on St. Anthony Shrine
Aug. 18 Friars Use Summer to Rest, Recharge
Sept. 1 Province Accepts Four as Postulants
Sept. 15 Former Friar Ordained Bishop
Sept. 29 Boniface Hanley Dies
Novice Milestones
Oct. 13 Memorial Mass Celebrated for Stephen Doyle
Donan McGovern Dies
Oct. 27 Guardians Meet in Pennsylvania
Nov. 10 Boston Shrine Event Raises $25,000
Nov. 24 Pope Names Two Franciscans as Bishops
Dec. 8 New Franciscan Interprovincial Site Chosen
Dec. 22 Chapter Planning: Proposals Chosen for Review at Jan. 3-7 Gathering

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— Compiled by Rebecca Doel