This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable February events around Holy Name Province include:

One Year Ago
Feb. 3, 2013 — The Good Word of the Day ministry at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City marked its 50th anniversary. (A similar telephone service is also operated at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston.)

Feb. 8, 2013 — The new chapel of St. Anthony Friary, St. Petersburg, Fla., was blessed and dedicated by Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM. (In addition to the chapel, St. Anthony Friary’s kitchen and laundry facilities have been improved in recent years.)

Five Years Ago
Feb. 14, 2009 — The late Gerald McCaffrey, OFM, became the sixth friar to be inducted into St. Bonaventure University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. Gerald, who died in 2011, served as athletic department chaplain, among other roles, during his 27 years at SBU. (The other friars are Gervase McMillen, OFM, inducted in 1972, Silas Rooney, OFM, 1974, Canisius Connors, OFM, and Anslem Krieger, OFM, 1987, and James Dolan, OFM, 1989.)

10 Years Ago
Feb. 23, 2004 — Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, was appointed as the 20th president of St. Bonaventure University. (Sr. Margaret succeeded Dominic Monti, OFM, who served as interim president from 2003 to 2004.)

20 Years Ago
Feb. 1, 1994 — The first liturgy in the new location of St. Francis Chapel, Providence, R.I., was celebrated by Allan Von Kobs, OFM. (The novitiate community moved from St. Francis Friary, Brookline, Mass., to the Rhode Island location on Feb. 2 of that year.)

30 Years Ago
Feb. 22, 1984 — The cause for the Georgia martyrs was officially opened by Bishop Raymond Lessard in Savannah, Ga. (Conrad Harkins, OFM, delivered the cause to the Congregation for Causes of the Saints on March 27, 2007.)

 Compiled by Maria Hayes