This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Notable events for the month of January include:

One Year Ago
Jan. 19, 2014 — After 80 years of ministry, the Province announced it would return care of St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City to the archdiocese. (This summer, the friars officially withdrew from the parish and on Dec. 7 Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, and friars who had served at St. Stephen’s over the years concelebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving for the parish.)

Jan. 22, 2014 — The HNP Chapter Planning Committee finalized the theme for the 2014 Provincial Chapter: “Being Who We Say We Are.” (In June, Kevin Mullen, OFM, was elected the 16th provincial minister of Holy Name Province.)

Five Years Ago
Jan. 12, 2010 — After the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, friars and their partners-in-ministry began raising funds to send to victims. At St. Anthony Shrine in Boston, a fund started by David Convertino, OFM, raised $30,000 to assist St. Genevieve Parish, the sister parish of St. Patrick-St. Anthony in Hartford, Conn. (Construction recently began on St. Genevieve’s new church building, which is expected to be completed this summer.)

10 Years Ago
Jan. 30, 2005 — The Province announced it would assume the care of Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Fla. (The friars began their ministry there later that year, the weekend of July 16. Andrew Reitz, OFM, was named pastor, and Roch Coogan, OFM, Barry Langley, OFM, and Sean O’Brien, OFM, were named parochial vicars.)

25 Years Ago
Jan. 14, 1990 — Holy Name Province celebrated its fourth annual observance of Martin Luther King Day at St. Francis Church in New York City. (This year’s observance will be held at St. Anthony Church in Greenville, S.C.)

Jan. 15, 1990 — St. Camillus Parish sponsored an interfaith prayer service to pray for and remember the six Jesuits who were killed in El Salvador in November 1989. Ministers from six different churches participated in the bilingual service. About 300 people attended.

Compiled by Maria Hayes