This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable May events around Holy Name Province include:

One Year Ago
May 3, 2013 — Jeffery Jordan, OFM, was among the last students to graduate from the Washington Theological Union. The ceremony took place at St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Md.

May 13, 2013 — Students of St. Anthony of Padua School in Greenville, S.C., were welcomed into their new state-of-the-art school building. (The previous school was riddled with more than 20 roof leaks and patched electrical repairs, and had no library, art room or gymnasium.)

May 22, 2013 — Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, was elected as the new General Minister, following the vacancy left by Archbishop José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, who was Pope Francis’s first major appointment to the Roman Curia. (Prior to his election, Fr. Michael, of Sacred Heart Province, had served as General Vicar since 2009.)

Five Years Ago
May 9, 2009 — St. Anthony of Padua Parish and the Cramer Hill community in Camden, N.J., broke ground on Br. Jerry’s Garden, turning an abandoned lot filled with garbage into a community garden.

May 26, 2009 — The Province published Immortal Love: The Sacred Music of Anthony R. Fedell, OFM. (The 74-page collection of music, edited by Kevin McGoff, OFM, is in memory of Anthony Fedell, OFM, who died in 2003. HNP hopes to make his music known to a new generation of music directors throughout the Province.)

10 Years Ago
May 6, 2004 — The “exodus” was completed of the St. Francis Friary community in New York City to interim lodgings — a nearby hotel and two Manhattan parishes — while the new friary was being constructed was completed. (The friars moved into the current friary on May 23, 2007.)

20 Years Ago
May 7, 1994 — St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City observed its 150th anniversary at a special Eucharist celebrated by Cardinal John O’Connor.

30 Years Ago
May 6, 1984 — The centennial of Our Lady of the Holy Angels Parish in Little Falls, N.J., concluded with a Mass at which Bishop Frank Rodimer was principal concelebrant. (The Province returned care of the parish to the Diocese of Paterson, N.J., in 2008.)

May 9, 1984 — Ground was broken for the new Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md. (The postulant program joined the community there in 2013.)

May 25, 1984 — The Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Atlanta, restored after a fire, was rededicated by Archbishop Thomas Donnellan. (The friars ministered there from 1958 to 1987.)

 Compiled by Maria Hayes