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HNP Today’s Top Stories of 2018

NEW YORK – 2018 was a historic year for Holy Name Province. After years of discussion regarding the future of Franciscan life in the United States, the Province voted to unify with five other OFM provinces. This momentous decision will result in the revitalization of Franciscan life for the nearly 1,000 friars who will form the new entity.

But life in the Province did not stand still after the results of the vote were announced. Friars celebrated the personal milestones of many of their brothers, including ordinations and professions, novice receptions, and retirements. The Communications Office covered these and a wide variety of other topics. Below are the 25 most popular articles that were published last year.

Title of Story Date Published
A Franciscan Plea for the Soul of America Oct. 3
Holy Name Province to Unify with Five Other Franciscan Provinces May 30
Friars to Gather May 29 for Extraordinary Chapter May 15
Province Announces 2018 Jubilarians, Remembers Deceased Jan. 10
John Aherne to be Ordained a Priest Jan. 5
Daniel Kenna Marks 50 Years as a Friar March 20
Highlights from New Interprovincial Postulancy Program Jan. 10
Francis Soucy Uses Academic, Nursing Care Experience to Touch Lives Feb. 7
John O’Connor Marks 50 Years as a Friar April 16
Sean O’Brien Marks 25 Years as a Friar May 2
On Religious Brothers Day, Eight Friars Share Gratitude May 1
John Aherne Ordained a Priest June 26
Reflection: A Litany of Women Who Stood Up Oct. 26
Eight Student Friars Receive Summer Assignments May 15
Employment Opportunity at St. Bonaventure University Feb. 28
Finding Faith Under the Big Top: The Circus Chaplain July 11
Jubilarians Honored at Mass in New York City June 26
Jean Marie Kabango Transfers to Holy Name Province Sept. 18
Friars in Florida, South Carolina Host Guests Interested in Franciscan Life Feb. 22
Peter Chepaitis Marks 50 Years as a Friar March 6
Thirteen Novices Receive Probationary Habit Oct. 30
New Novices Received at Old Mission Santa Barbara July 25
Gary Maciag Dies in New York City Feb. 28
Formation Update: Novices Share Experiences April 18

Data used to determine the top stories was collected from Google Analytics.

The Communications Office strives to offer articles that interest friars as well as friends of Holy Name Province. Readers of HNP Today can suggest a topic by emailing communications@hnp.org. Articles are posted in the Provincial News section of HNP.org throughout each week.

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— Maria Hayes is director of marketing for Holy Name Province.

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