Midwest Friars’ Newsletter Highlights Quincy University

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

ST. LOUIS — Sacred Heart Province, headquartered in St. Louis, featured Quincy University in two of its April newsletters, describing both a recent service trip and the joy being expressed at a nearby shopping mall — contrasting, yet both significant, aspects of the community.

More than 50 students, friars and faculty members of the Quincy, Ill., college spent their March break in New Orleans participating in recovery efforts in six areas of the city. The “Service in the Big Easy” article by Fr. Ferd Cheri, OFM, in the April 9 issue of Around the Province described the spring mission trip that “touched the hearts of so many with their helping hands.” According to the March 19 Around the Province, nearly 60 years ago — on March 24, 1954 — Quincy College was accredited as a four-year liberal arts college.

Fr. Ferd, director of Quincy’s campus ministry, collaborated last year with Holy Name Province in organizing a Go Down Moses retreat for young African-American men.

The April 9 newsletter featured a letter to the editor, originally published in Quincy’s Herald Whig newspaper, about the “dancing man.” The president described the visit that he and Fr. Ferd and Fr. John Doctor, OFM, Quincy’s vice president for mission, had to Quincy Mall “We wanted to join in supporting the freedom of Dancing Man — and the importance of dancing itself.”

Other recent issues of the Sacred Heart newsletter have reported on:
•  The June 24 to 28 contemplative days at Mt. Irenaeus being publicized by Daniel Riley, OFM
•  The May 4 ordination to the priesthood of Br. Thinh Van Tran, OFM  
•  Sale on March 14 of the Antonianum associated with St. Peter Friary in Chicago
•  The election of Pope Francis

   — Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas