This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

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

One Year Ago
Sept. 3, 2011 — Stephen DeWitt, OFM, and Daniel Horan, OFM, were ordained deacons. One week prior, they made their solemn profession at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Midtown Manhattan just hours before Hurricane Irene hit New York City, according to a HNP Today article.

Sept. 25, 2011 — Most Holy Name Parish, in Garfield, N.J., founded by Holy Name Province in 1911, celebrated its 100th anniversary. HNP friars staffed the North Jersey parish for nearly 80 years.

Five Years Ago
Sept. 9, 2007 — The founder of Bolivia’s Justice and Peace movement presented the Province with a plaque as the Province celebrated the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Coroico prelacy in South America, according to a newsletter story.

Sept. 13, 2007 — The new St. Francis Friary and Provincial Office building at 129 West 31st Street was dedicated. Approximately 200 guests — including New York Cardinal Edward Egan and Mayor Michael Bloomberg — attended the festivities, according to an HNP Today article.

10 Years Ago
Sept. 11, 2002 — Special observances were held throughout the Province one year after the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center in NYC, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and near Shanksville, Pa. (This week, friars and communities along the East Coast remembered the victims of Sept. 11 with Masses, walks, prayer services and other events.)

Sept. 15, 2002 — St. Stephen of Hungary Parish in New York City concluded its centennial with a Mass celebrated in both English and Hungarian by Cardinal Edward Egan, of the Archdiocese of New York. (In 2009, Cardinal Egan visited St. Stephen of Hungary School during Catholic Schools Week.)

20 Years Ago
Sept. 17, 1992 — Friars from the local communities and guests gathered as Gervase White, OFM, blessed and dedicated St. Thomas More Friary at St. Bonaventure University. Created as a house of formation, the first pre-novitiate class to reside there included Todd Carpenter, OFM, now pastor of St. Paul Parish in Wilmington, Del.

Sept. 21, 1992 — Fr. Ignatius Kelly, OFM, Visitor General to Holy Name Province, visited ministries around the Province, including St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J. His secretary, Michael Harlan, OFM, accompanied him.(Michael has served as Provincial Secretary since 2005.)

25 Years Ago
Sept. 11, 1987 — F. Edwin Robinson, OFM, and Paul Williams, OFM, acted as masters of ceremony at an ecumenical prayer service presided over by Pope John Paul II in Columbia, S.C.

30 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1982 — Friars offered a farewell Mass at St. Elizabeth Church, Wyckoff, N.J., which was given to the Archdiocese of Newark three days later. (Earlier this year, St. Elizabeth parishioners joined friars for a birthday brunch in Wyckoff for former pastor Reginald Redlon, OFM. )

50 Years Ago
Sept. 17, 1962 — Liguori Muller, OFM, rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y., Theophane Larkin, OFM, vice-rector, and Cronan Mullen, OFM, procurator, led the groundbreaking ceremony for a three-story addition to the minor seminary. It contained a large reception room for students, a dining room, and a community chapel, among other things.

75 Years Ago
Sept. 22, 1937 — Siena College opened in Loudonville, N.Y., just outside of Albany. (This fall, Siena, where Kevin Mullen, OFM, has served as president since 2007, will celebrate its 75th anniversary.)

— Compiled by Maria Hayes