HNP Today‘s Top Stories of 2013

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

NEW YORK — Throughout 2013, the Church’s and the Order’s leadership changed dramatically following Pope Francis’s election and his appointment of General Minister Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, to the Vatican Curia. The year was also punctuated with meetings among the U.S. OFM provinces, as talks of future collaboration continued.

The Provincial newsletter covered these and a wide variety of other topics, including friar celebrations and milestones, and the loss of several brothers. One of the most widely-read stories was a tribute to 34 friars who celebrated anniversaries of profession and ordination in 2013.

Below are the most popular articles of each of HNP Today‘s 26 issues produced last year.

Jan. 2 Holy Name Province Congratulates 2013 Jubilarians
Jan. 16 Province Launches ‘Text a Friar’ Initiative
Jan. 30 Holy Name School to Close
Feb. 13 Jubilarian Profile: Bernard Creighton Marks 50 Years as a Friar
Feb. 27 ‘Have We a Chapel!’
March 13 From the Provincial Minister’s Desk (regarding Pope Francis’s election)
March 27 Friar Joins America Magazine Staff
April 10 General Minister Appointed to Vatican Curia
April 24 Boston Friars Offer Messages of Hope Amid Violence
May 8 Former Friars Reunite With Classmates
May 22 American Michael Perry Chosen as New General Minister
June 5 Funeral Services Held for Fergus Healey
June 19 General Minister Shares Views on Future of Franciscan Order
July 3 Postulant Program to Move to Maryland
July 17 Province’s Lay Advisory Board Members Offer Insights, Concern
July 31 Wilmington Friar Carjacked in Front of St. Paul’s Church
Aug. 14 Thirteen Novices Profess Simple Vows in Wisconsin
Aug. 28 Thirteen Received as Franciscan Novices
Sept. 11 Province Welcomes Largest Class of Postulants in More Than a Decade
Sept. 25 St. Bonaventure University, Siena College Open New Academic Buildings
Oct. 9 General Minister Welcomes Pope Francis to Church of San Damiano
Oct. 23 Franciscan Leaders Encourage Collaboration
Nov. 6 St. Anthony Shrine Honors Friars for Social Conscience Projects
Nov. 20 North Jersey Parish Hosts Priestly Ordination of Paul Keenan
Dec. 4 From the Provincial Minister’s Desk (regarding Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation)
Dec. 18 Kevin Mackin Resigns as College President

Data used to determine the top stories was collected from the Province’s email distribution system, which tracks reader activity. HNP Today reaches more than 1,500 subscribers.

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The distribution dates of upcoming issues of HNP Today — along with deadlines for submission of information — are:
· Jan. 22 by Jan. 15
· Feb. 5 by Jan. 29
· Feb. 19 by Feb. 12
· March 5 by Feb. 26

— Compiled by Maria Hayes