This Month in Provincial History

Rebecca Doel Features

Some notable November events that took place around Holy Name Province:

One Year Ago
Nov. 9, 2010 — Siena became the first college in the state of New York and the third in the country to be granted Fair Trade status. As a Fair Trade college, Siena offers products including coffee, tea, sugar and chocolate that guarantee fair pay and working conditions for its farmers and producers. (The Loudonville, N.Y., college is one of Province ministries listed on the “JPIC in Action: Fair Trade/Alternative Gift Fair” page of

Nov. 15-19, 2010 — Nearly two dozen friars serving as general visitors for OFM provinces around the world, including Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, participated in a gathering at the General Curia. Dominic was serving as visitor for the Assumption BVM Province. (Last month, Dominic participated in an international formation meeting in Jerusalem. He is HNP’s secretary of formation and studies.)

history-r2Five Years Ago
Nov. 8, 2006 — Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, and communications director Jocelyn Thomas represented the Province at a reception held by the American Cancer Society at its new Hope Lodge on West 32nd Street in New York City. The cost-free residence for cancer patients being treated in Manhattan, in the “tower” section of the West 31st Street complex partially owned by Holy Name Province, was in the final stages of construction at that time. The American Cancer Society opened Hope Lodge and the new headquarters of its New York office the following year. 

10 Years Ago
Nov. 16, 2001 — Christopher Keenan, OFM, was commissioned as a New York City Fire Department chaplain, succeeding the late Mychal Judge, OFM. (Ten years later, Chris continues to serve in this role.)

45 Years Ago
Nov. 27, 1966 — Only a handful of Callicoonites was on hand to greet Erie-Lackawanna passenger train No. 21 as it pulled into Callicoon, N.Y., at 10:50 a.m. The last passenger to step down onto the platform and close an era was Bruno Joyal, OFM. This train trip marked the end of a 115-year era in which the crowds lined the platforms over the mainlines of the Erie. Bruno said, “It is sad that once more Callicoonites have to yield to the progress of time. (Bruno, shown in the rear photo, died Feb. 7, 1971.)

— Compiled by Rebecca Doel