This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable November events around Holy Name Province include:

One Year Ago
Nov. 2, 2013 — The Migrant Center at St. Francis Church in New York City opened with a free public forum on immigration. (The Migrant Center has served more than 200 people during its first year.)

Nov. 9, 2013 — Paul Keenan, OFM, was ordained to the priesthood at Assumption Church in Wood-Ridge, N.J., where he has been stationed since 2011. (On Jan. 3, two more friars will be ordained — Ross Chamberland, OFM, and Jeffery Jordan, OFM.)

Nov 16, 2013 — St. Patrick Pantry, a client-choice food pantry in Buffalo, N.Y. — was blessed and dedicated by Francis Pompei, OFM.

Five Years Ago
Nov. 7, 2009 — GreenFaith recognized St. Mary Church in Pompton Lakes, N.J., for its “exemplary environmental efforts” during GreenFaith’s fourth annual awards celebration. The parish’s programs include an energy audit and the installation of solar panels. (St. Francis Parish in Triangle, Va., is the latest of the Province’s ministries to be recognized by GreenFaith. The parish was recognized as a “GreenFaith Sanctuary” in June.)

10 Years Ago
Nov. 17, 2004 — Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, OFM, served as principal celebrant for the 20th anniversary celebration of establishing the Society of Our Lady of Divine Providence, patroness of Puerto Rico, at Holy Name Church in New York City.

Nov. 30, 2004 — San Damiano Spiritual Center in Philadelphia hosted its first program — a pre-Advent day of recollection, directed by Charles Finnegan, OFM.

25 Years Ago
Nov. 13-18, 1989 — The Province announced that five parishes were being returned to their respective diocese: St. Stephen’s, Croghan, N.Y.; and St. Francis of Assisi, Wanaque; St. Catherine of Bologna, Ringwood; Sacred Heart Parish, Rochelle Park; and Most Holy Name, Garfield, N.J.

Nov. 19, 1989 — Bishop Frank Rodimer of Paterson, N.J., dedicated Bishop Manning Hall at St. Bonaventure Parish.

Compiled by Maria Hayes