IC Province Plans 100th Celebration

HNP Communications Franciscan World

NEW YORK — The Province of the Immaculate Conception (IC) has begun planning a year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary.

The province, with headquarters downtown from Holy Name’s offices in New York City, has established a committee to organize seven celebrations between October 2009 and October 2010, each with a different theme. The IC will turn 100 on Dec. 25, 2010, nine years after Holy Name Province commemorated its centennial.

Details about the planning committee were included in the January 2009 issue of  the Newsletter of the Immaculate Conception Province. This issue also contained news about:

• Three friars who first professed vows in August 2008
• Christmas festivities at Headwaters Hospital in Ontario, Canada
• Edwin Paniagua, OFM, named translator at the General Curia
• Blessing of a new parish center in Winsted, Conn.
• The passing of five friars in 2008

Dominic Monti, OFM, will serve as director this spring for IC’s provincial retreat on the “theology of itinerancy” at the Mount Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls. According to NEWS, IC’s e-mail newsletter, Dominic will lead the friars in reflections on such topics as how to deal with changes within the province, the interaction of fraternity and dealing with limitations resulting from age, health and fewer vocations. The retreat begins the evening of May 4  and concludes with lunch on May 7.