HNP Today’s Top Stories of 2011

Rebecca Doel In the Headlines

NEW YORK — Over the past year, the Provincial newsletter covered a variety of friar milestones, significant global issues, unfortunate closings and departures as well as an assortment of updates from parishes and ministries.

One of the most widely-read stories of the past year was the March announcement of new friar leadership roles.

A review of this and other popular stories in HNP Today provides a glimpse of the events that most interested the more than 1,300 subscribers to HNP Today. Below are the top articles of each of the newsletter’s 25 issues produced in 2011.

Jan. 12 Largest Chapter in HNP History Meets
Jan. 26 Honoring Jubilarians, Remembering the Deceased
Feb. 9 Edward Coughlin Named Interim Director of Franciscan Institute
Feb. 23 Jersey Shore Friars Visible in Community
March 9 Council Announces Friar Leadership Appointments
New York Native John Mahon Dies
March 23 Four New Pastors Approved, Other Assignments Announced
April 6 Two New Pastors Announced
April 20 Brian Linehan Dies
James Vacco Appointed Pastor of ‘Little Bona’s’
May 4 The Death of Osama Bin Laden: A Franciscan Perspective
May 18 Assignments of Holy Name College Friars
June 1 Adrian and Julian Riester Die
Province Announces Withdrawal from Harlem Parish
June 15 Deaths of Twin Friars Captivate International Audience
June 29 WTU Announces Closing
July 13 Provincial Council Approves Budget and Friar Assignments
July 27 New Pastor Named for Buffalo Parish
Aug. 10 Florida Friar Shares Concern for Allegany Sisters’ Franciscan Center
Aug. 24 Francis Gunn Dies
Sept. 7 Province Welcomes Five as Postulants
Sept. 21 Province Ministries Remember Mychal Judge and Others Lost on Sept. 11
Oct. 12 Province Ministries Honor Patron Saint
Oct. 26 St. Francis Chapel to Shut Its Doors
Nov. 9 Friars To Leave Providence in 2012
Nov. 23 Guardians Gather to Discuss Leadership, Vocations, Finances and Legal Issues
Dec. 7 Harry Monaco Dies
Two Novices Receive Franciscan Habit
Dec. 21 WTU To Cease Operations a Year Earlier Than Planned

The Communications Office strives to include articles and topics that interest friars as well as friends of Holy Name Province. Readers of HNP Today can suggest a topic by emailing

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News about the friars and their ministries can also be found on the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Facebook page.

The distribution dates of upcoming isues of HNP Today — along with deadlines for submission of information — are:
· Feb. 1 issue by Jan. 25
· Feb. 15 by Feb. 8
· Feb. 29 by Feb. 22
· March 14 by March 7

— Compiled by Rebecca Doel, who on Feb. 9 marks her third anniversary as a member of the HNP Communications Office staff.