NEW YORK – 2020 was a year that no one will forget.
Few could have foreseen the changes that took place in March as parishes, schools and retreat centers closed their doors amid the rise of COVID-19 cases in the United States. Although in-person contact was limited, ministries quickly found new ways to serve their communities, from livestreamed Masses to increased outreach to the homeless.
The Province also experienced several losses, including the withdrawal from nine ministries, some that had been staffed by friars for nearly a century. Fifteen friars died, including Christopher Posch, OFM, who was serving as the beloved pastor of St. Camillus Parish, near Washington, D.C., at the time of his death.
Last year brought moments of joy. The Province celebrated the solemn profession of Angel Vázquez, OFM, and Jay Woods, OFM, and the first profession of six of its members. In addition, friars found new ways to stay connected and build fraternity. As the year came to an end, many looked with hope toward 2021.
The HNP Communications Office covered these and a wide variety of other topics. Below are the 25 most-read articles that were published last year.
Data used to determine the top stories was collected from Google Analytics.
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— Maria Hayes is director of marketing for Holy Name Province.
- “HNP Today’s Top Stories of 2019” – Jan. 9, 2020, HNP Today