Ministry of the Word Friars Gather for Annual Meeting

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The friars of the Province’s Ministry of the Word held their annual meeting at St. Anthony Friary earlier this month to discuss the format of their missions, as well as the ministry’s role in future collaboration among the U.S. provinces

Participating in the March 2 to 5 meeting were John Anglin, OFM, Raphael Bonanno, OFM, Roderic Petrie, OFM, and Daniel Lanahan, OFMMartin Bednar, OFM, and Claude Lenehan, OFM, now retired, attended parts of the meeting. Kevin Cronin, OFM, and Peter Chepaitis, OFM, were not able to attend.

“The highlight of this time together was the input we received from former HNP Provincial Anthony Carrozzo, OFM,” said John, who organized the gathering. “Our custom is to have an outside presenter. Anthony led us in some wonderful discussions of Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation, ‘Evangelii Gaudium,’ as well as reflection on the pope’s Lenten message. We found much encouragement in these documents, but much challenge as well.”

A good deal of time went into discussing the reconfiguration of the U.S. provinces, with John reporting on his participation in the recent fraternal gathering at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in North Carolina.

“As we gathered to discuss our own business, we gave a lot of thought to the upcoming chapter and the place of the Ministry of the Word in the life of the Province, and whether there is any interest on the part of other friars to join us,” noted John.

The friars also evaluated the format for missions.

“We have been quite successful over the years with our present format, but questioned whether there might be other possibilities,” John said. “We will continue to explore possibilities in this regard.”

Finally, the friars also talked about using the Internet and social media as part of their ministry, said John, who blogs frequently and uses Facebook and Twitter. “We find that these are invaluable tools for evangelization.”

The Ministry of the Word reaches beyond the geographical areas served by the Province. Through parish missions, days of recollection, retreats and workshops, Ministry of the Word friars seek to bring the Good News to all. The team’s schedule and contact information are available online.

— Jocelyn Thomas is director of communications for Holy Name Province. Shown in the photo above are Raphael, Dan, Rod, Claude, John and Marty in the new meeting room at St. Anthony Friary.