This Month in Provincial History

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Notable events for the month of March include:

One Year Ago
March 2017 — ‘Pilgrims, Not Strangers’ was chosen as the theme for the 2017 Provincial chapter. Michael Reyes, OFM, designed a logo for the gathering which was held at Siena College near Albany, N.Y., from June 4 to 9, that symbolized this subject matter.

Five Years Ago
March 13, 2013 —  When Pope Francis was elected as the 265th successor of St. Peter, media outlets following the pontiff’s decision to name himself after St. Francis of Assisi contacted HNP friars for interviews.

10 Years Ago
March 8, 2008 — The Franciscan Action Network — a grassroots organization amplifying the justice efforts of Franciscans and Franciscan-hearted people around the country — debuted at the Ecumenical Advocacy Days in Washington under the leadership of Russell Testa, director of the HNP Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Office. Testa serves as an ex officio member of FAN’s board of directors and works with the JPIC Directorate on issues dealing with care for creation, climate change, immigration, race relations, and nonviolent peacemaking.

March 2, 2008 — A special memorial Mass was celebrated to mark the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Leo Heinrichs, OFM, at St. Elizabeth Church in Denver, Colo. John O’Connor, OFM, then Provincial Minister, presided at the liturgy, which was held at St. Leo’s Church in Elmwood Park, N.J. St. Leo’s was named in honor of the martyred friar.

15 Years Ago
March 2, 2003 — Bishop Joseph Gossman of Raleigh, N.C., dedicated the new Immaculate Conception Church – constructed utilizing the original building – in Durham, N.C. The parish celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2006.

35 Years Ago
March 2, 1983 — Anthony LoGalbo, OFM, was commissioned as a missionary to Brazil at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md.  This June, he will be traveling to Brazil for a special event.

55 Years Ago
March 7, 1963 — A committee was formed at St. Bonaventure University to plan for a celebration of the Friedsam Memorial Library’s 25th anniversary. Francis William Kearney, OFM, SBU president from 1961 to 1967, outlined plans for the construction of a duplicate of the existing three-floor stack facility to provide space for more books. In 2013, the campus celebrated the library’s 75th anniversary with a re-dedication ceremony. Francis Di Spigno, OFM, gave the blessing and F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, led a prayer.

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