This Month in Provincial History

Rebecca Doel Features

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

One Year Ago
Aug. 15, 2010 — Immaculate Conception Church in Durham, N.C., hosted a statewide immigration rally to support comprehensive reform. The gathering of more than 1,500 was sponsored by the North Carolina Latino Coalition. (Last month, several HNP friars attended an immigration rally in Washington, D.C.)

Aug. 19, 2010 — Holy Cross Church in Callicoon, N.Y., commemorated the 30th anniversary of the groundbreaking of its new church building by Anthony Moore, OFM, assisted by Lillian Carter, mother of President Jimmy Carter. (Just three months after the anniversary Mass, Anthony died in Port Jervis, N.Y., at the age of 85.)

Five Years Ago
Aug. 23, 2006 — The Province announced in HNP Today, then a weekly online publication, that it had hired its first layperson to serve as director of communications, supervising both internal and external communications. (Next month marks Jocelyn Thomas’ five-year anniversary as Holy Name Province’s communications director.)

10 Years Ago
Aug. 18, 2001 — A groundbreaking ceremony was held for St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, N.C., with Bishop William Curlin of the Charlotte Diocese presiding. (Since its opening in 2005, the center, directed by Louis Canino, OFM, has been offering a variety of retreats and programs, including an Enneagram workshop later this month.)

history-r145 Years Ago
Aug. 7, 1966 — Roughly 40 friars attended a departure ceremony at St. Patrick’s Church in Buffalo, N.Y. The Mass, celebrated by then-Provincial Minister Donald Hoag, OFM, was a send-off for nine friars — including William DeBiase, OFM — embarking on missionary assignments. (William, who lives at Juniper Friary in Philadelphia, maintains a blog and YouTube Channel as part of his work as a member of the Province’s Ministry of the Word.)

55 Years Ago
Aug. 23, 1956 — An interview with Roch Knopke, OFM, appeared in the Denver Register. The article, “He Knew What Time It Was” by Paul Hallett, discusses how the missionary friar passed his time as an inmate of three prisons in China from 1942 to 1945. “The Franciscan lived in a military police prison for about eight months,” Hallett wrote. “There he underwent the psychological assaults of one in solitary confinement. He had no Breviary, no rosary, and never saw a calendar. He had to devise means to preserve his sanity.”

— Compiled by Rebecca Doel