This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable October events around Holy Name Province include:

One Year Ago
Oct. 7-11, 2013 — The provincial ministers of the seven OFM provinces in the United States announced their goal to restructure Franciscan life to ensure future vitality. (The Provincial administrations of the U.S. provinces met in August to continue the national conversation regarding this goal.)

Oct. 8, 2013 — Christopher Posch, OFM, and more than 1,000 parishioners from St. Camillus Parish and the Langley Park Catholic community in Silver Spring, Md., and St. Paul Parish in Wilmington, Del., took part in a rally in Washington to advocate for comprehensive immigration reform. (More information about the Province’s efforts to encourage comprehensive reform is available in the Justice and Peace section of the HNP website.)

Five Years Ago
Oct. 24, 2009 — Nearly 600 people gathered at St. Camillus Church to attend the Province’s first “Encuentro Franciscano,” celebrating Hispanic culture in Franciscan ministry. The event attracted attendees from Boston to South Florida. (More than 1,200 people participated in the Encuentro in 2012.)

10 Years Ago
Oct. 1, 2004 — A revamped front entrance to St. Bonaventure University, honoring the memory of Ferdinand Woerle, OFM, longtime gardener, was dedicated.

Oct. 2-3, 2004 — St. Patrick’s Parish in Long Eddy, N.Y., celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Oct. 10, 2004 — St. Francis Inn, Philadelphia, observed a 25th anniversary.

25 Years Ago
Oct. 5, 1989 — William McConville, OFM, was installed as the eighth president of Siena College, succeeding Hugh Hines, OFM, named president emeritus. (William served until 1996, when he was succeeded by Kevin Mackin, OFM.)

50 Years Ago
Oct. 3, 1964 — St. Joseph’s Parish in Winsted, Conn., dedicated the new St. Anthony’s School, replacing a 78-year-old grammar school. Robert Lynch, OFM, pastor, welcomed Archbishop Henry O’Brien and the large audience, calling the occasion “a great day for St. Joseph’s.” (In 2002, the Province withdrew from the Winsted parish, turning care over to Immaculate Conception Province.)

Compiled by Maria Hayes