HNP Today’s Top Stories of 2012

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

NEW YORK — Over the past year, the Provincial newsletter covered a variety of topics, including friar celebrations and milestones, the loss of several brothers, the state of Holy Name Province, Hurricane Sandy.

One of the most widely-read stories of the past year was the January tribute to friars celebrating their anniversaries of profession and ordination.

A review of this and other popular stories in HNP Today provides a glimpse of the events that most interest the more than 1,400 subscribers to HNP Today. Below are the most-read articles of each of the newsletter’s 26 issues produced in 2012.

Jan. 4 Province Announces 2012 Jubilarians, Remembers Deceased
Jan. 18 Student Friars Gather for Annual Formation Intersession
Feb. 1 Secular Franciscans Change Acronym
Feb. 15 Parishioners, Friars Honor Reginald Redlon for 90th Birthday
Feb. 29 Friars Bid Farewell to Rhode Island Parish
March 14 Province Announces Closing of Boston Retirement Friary
March 28 Jubilee Celebration Set for June 21
April 11 SBU Formalizes Relationship with Holy Name Province
April 25 Province Accepts Friar Joseph Cavoto on April 16
May 9 Council Approves Four Friars for Solemn Profession
May 23 Formation Update: Postulants, Novices Learn at Workshops
June 6 Franciscan Friars Release Letter Supporting Sisters
June 20 First Lady Comes to North Jersey Parish to Support Bodyguard’s Family
July 4 Twelve Friars Honored for Profession Anniversaries
July 18 Poor Clares Gather at SBU to Commemorate 800th Anniversary
Aug. 1 St. Petersburg Friary Builds a Chapel
Aug. 15 Holy Name Province Now Sixth Largest in Order
Aug. 29 Beginning a Year of Prayer and Study
Sept. 12 Services Held for Jude Murphy
Sept. 26 Retirement Residences Welcome Renovations
Oct. 10 Commemoration of Patron Saint Features Friar Lectures
Oct. 24 Services Held for Flavian Walsh
Nov. 7 ‘Superstorm’ Sandy Slams East Coast Ministries
Nov. 21 For Jersey Shore Friars, Displacements and Community Help Abound
Dec. 5 Funeral Services Set for Brennan Connelly
Dec. 19 Historic Meeting Focuses on Future of Franciscan Life, Mission in U.S.

Data used to determine the top stories was collected from the Province’s email distribution system, which tracks reader activity on

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The distribution dates of upcoming issues of HNP Today — along with deadlines for submission of information — are:
· Jan. 30 by Jan. 23
· Feb. 13 by Feb. 6
· Feb. 27 by Feb. 20
· March 13 by March 6

— Compiled by Maria Hayes