This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable January events around Holy Name Province include:

One Year Ago
Jan. 8, 2013 — The HNP Development Office launched the “Text a Prayer Intention to a Franciscan Friar” initiative, generating thousands of responses within days of its creation. (The Development Office recently created an Instagram account, where it is running its “90 Prayers in 90 Days” campaign.)

Jan. 22, 2013 — The Archdiocese of New York announces the closing of 24 Catholic schools, including Holy Name School in Manhattan.

Five Years Ago
Jan. 19, 2009 — In response to the city’s high murder rate, friars stationed at St. Paul’s Parish in Wilmington, Del., organized a nonviolence march on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to speak out against violence. (The community continues to experience unrest. Last year, Paul Williams, OFM, was carjacked in front of St. Paul’s Church.)

10 Years Ago
Jan. 1, 2004 — The Archdiocese of New York assumed administration of two Sullivan County, N.Y., parishes: St. George’s in Jeffersonville and St. Francis in Youngsville.

20 Years Ago 
Jan. 3, 1994 — The community of São Paulo in Anápolis, Brazil celebrated the 50th anniversary of the friars’ arrival there. (The late John Vianney Krieg, OFM, one of the 14 friars who founded the parish, made the return trip for the ceremony at age 82.)

30 Years Ago
Jan. 8, 1984 — A special Mass was celebrated to open the year of celebration of the 75th anniversary of St. Anne’s Parish, Fair Lawn, N.J. (The Archdiocese of Newark assumed responsibility of the parish in 2005.)

 Compiled by Maria Hayes