This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable September events that took place around Holy Name Province are listed below.

One Year Ago
Sept. 5, 2012 — Holy Name friars were notified that the General Minister and his definitory had decided to consolidate the Order’s presence in Peru, affecting nine members who were part of the HNP foundation. (Next month, Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, will travel to Peru to meet with Peru’s provincial minister and sign a memorandum of understanding, terminating the HNP Peruvian Mission Foundation and establishing a new association with the Peruvian Province.)

Sept. 7, 2012 — Immaculata Catholic School in Durham, N.C., received the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award, a prestigious honor that recognizes the highest performing schools in America. (Two other Province-affiliated schools have received this honor: The Franciscan School in Raleigh, N.C., and St. Camillus School in Silver Spring, Md.)

Five Years Ago
Sept. 14, 2008 — More than 400 people attended a Mass to celebrate the 130th anniversary of St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, N.J. (St. Joseph’s Parish in Wilmington, Del., is in the process of planning for its 125th anniversary next year.)

10 Years Ago
Sept. 28, 2003 — A new marble altar at Holy Name Church in New York City was consecrated by Bishop William McCormack, retired auxiliary of New York. (Several additional renovations — including a replacement of the public address system and the lighting system, as well as the addition of an electronic lift to the entrance of St. Mary of the Angels Chapel — were completed five years later, in 2008.)

20 Years Ago
Sept. 2, 1993 — “St. Bartholomew,” a painting attributed to Rembrandt, was stolen from the Friedsam Memorial Library at St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y. (Created in 1632, the painting had hung on a wall in the library for half a century. Its value was estimated at $1 million and the painting has still not been recovered.)

Sept. 26, 1993 — Six friars observed their silver jubilees of profession with a vesper service at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. The group included Paul Bourque, OFM, Peter Chepaitis, OFM, Daniel Kenna, OFM, Charles O’Connor, OFM, John O’Connor, OFM, and Richard Trezza, OFM. (Henry Fulmer, OFM, William Herbst, OFM, and Barry Langley, OFM, celebrated their 25th anniversaries of profession this year.)

30 Years Ago
Sept. 27-28, 1983 — The Provincial Definitorium changed its name to the Provincial Council, stating that henceforth the definitors would be known as councilors. (The Provincial Council concluded its September meeting today at the Provincial Office in New York City.)

50 Years Ago
Sept. 8, 1963 — The St. Martin de Porres Chapel was dedicated in Americus, Ga. (The church, believed to be the first dedicated to the saint since his canonization in 1962, was returned to the diocese in the 1970s.)

 Compiled by Maria Hayes