News Briefs About Special Activities of HNP Friars

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

Below are updates about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars, including their celebrations, presentations and ministry events. More information can be obtained by visiting links to the parishes and organizations mentioned, by contacting friars by phone or email and by connecting with the Communications Office.

To provide news for future issues of HNP Today, readers should email information to communications director Jocelyn Thomas at

Information from John Capozzi, OFM, about the friary in Margate, N.J., appeared in the first friar e-bulletin of the year. Guardians are encouraged to print and display these Provincial Office updates at their friaries.

Kevin Daly, OFM, reports that “because of damage to the Margate friary caused by Hurricane Sandy, the Province’s AlverniA workshop scheduled for March is cancelled.” The Long Beach Island based friar will give a presentation at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Brant Beach, N.J., on Feb. 23 about Contemplation in the 12-Step Spirituality.”

Mathias Doyle, OFM, and Russel Murray, OFM, are leading a group of students on a service trip to Kingston, Jamaica, W.I., from Jan. 9 to Jan. 19 under the auspices of the Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy of Siena College. Mathias said, “11 students and two chaperones will work with Franciscan Ministries of Kingston on community service projects in and around Kingston, serving especially the poor and marginalized.” Information about Siena’s service trips can be found on the website of the college’s Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy.

Daniel Dwyer, OFM, and Dennis Tamburello, OFM, returned on Jan. 14 from an Italy Study Tour sponsored by Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y., where they are stationed. The trip, which began Jan. 2, included visits to Venice, Ravenna, Siena, Assisi, Florence, and Rome. “There were 22 students on the trip, seven faculty/staff, and one faculty member from another college,” said Dennis, adding that “Dan and I were chaperones. Each of us was responsible for a small group of students. The trip leader was Dr. Peter Zaas, the professor teaching the credit-bearing course of which this tour is the major component.” Several photos taken by Dennis were posted on Siena College’s Facebook page.

On Jan. 14, Thomas Gallagher, OFM, celebrated two Month’s Mind Masses for the victims of the Dec. 14 Newtown, Conn., massacre, at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, Hartford, Conn., where he is pastor. Similar Masses were celebrated around the Province, including at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City and at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston.

Provincial Secretary Michael Harlan, OFM, reports that the 2013 edition of the HNP Memorial Days of Deceased Friars brooklet is being produced by the HNP Communications Office and will be distributed to friars later this month.

Daniel Horan, OFM, of Boston, gave a talk titled “Vatican II and the Laity” on Sunday at St. Stephen of Hungary Church in New York City. Recently, writings and quotes from Daniel appeared in several national publications. Earlier in January, America magazine invited Dan to write a response to a recent New Yorker article, “Rich Man, Poor Man: The Radical Visions of St. Francis of Assisi.” A Jan. 8 article from the National Catholic Reporter recommended Dan’s blog, Dating God, as one of the best resources for young Catholics. “While not entirely reserved for young Catholics, this blog is one of my favorites,” wrote author John McCarthy. “Daniel Horan is one of those hip young priests that the new evangelization dreams of. His blog is easy to read, based on everyday life and strong on theological background. It also covers such a wide array of topics, you never know what you’re going to get.” The cover story of the current issue of U.S. Catholic, “What Women Theologians Have Done for the Church,” includes quotes from an interview with Dan.

Kevin Kriso, OFM, of St. Bonaventure University, Daniel Riley, OFM, of Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Retreat Center in Western New York, and Robert Menard, OFM,  of Clemson University, S.C., were among the participants at this year’s Catholic Campus Ministry Association national convention in Clearwater, Fla.

Pius Liu, OFM, of Taiwan, said in a recent email that it is important that people not act as “watchers, onlookers or referees on the storms and the thick fog of life. We should be conscientious and enthusiastic members of the lifesaving squad and lighthouse. In the Year of Faith, let us say ‘bye’ to the 2012 of worry and be conscientious and enthusiastic crusaders of prayer and peace corps of 2013 of hope.” This year, Pius is marking 60 years as a priest.

John Maganzini, OFM, of St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, has been asked to serve as spiritual director for the Sisters of the Visitation’s women in formation at Mont Deux Coeurs Monastery in Tyryingham, Mass., in the Berkshire Mountains. John said he “will travel the first Thursday of each month to the monastery and meet with the formation directresses and the four sisters in formation for group spiritual direction and then individually with the formation sisters (three postulants and one novice) for spiritual direction.”

Siena College, where Kevin Mullen, OFM, is president, recently learned its School of Business has maintained its business accreditation by the Association of Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. “This distinction reinforces my belief that our business faculty continues to produce skilled, ethical, community-minded business leaders,” said Kevin in a Jan. 2 announcement.

On Jan. 26, Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, guardian of St. Camillus Friary in Silver Spring, Md., and other parishioners from St. Camillus Church will be diving into the freezing waters of National Harbor for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network’s Polar Bear Plunge. Those wishing to sponsor Jacek can do so on

Joseph Rozansky, OFM, director of the Order’s Office of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, led the annual interprovincial retreat this year, held Jan. 7 to 11 at Holy Cross Retreat Center in Las Cruces, N.M. In June, Joseph will participate in the Province’s 10th annual JPIC local contacts retreat.

William Scully, OFM, pastor of St. Francis Xavier Parish, Narrowsburg, N.Y., said in an article in Catholic New York that he “just preached the Christmas Message — Christmas joy,” after the burglary of his home Christmas Eve. The Jan. 10 issue of the Archdiocese of New York’s newspaper had described the Christmas Eve burglary through which $3,500 was taken. “Things can always be replaced,” William said. “The one thing you can’t take away is our faith.”

Vocation director Brian Smail, OFM, is posting the vocation stories of friars on the Be a Franciscan Facebook page this week in recognition of National Vocation Awareness Week, Jan. 13 to 19. Brian has set up several Come and See weekends for men considering applying to the Province. They are Feb. 23 and May 18. Details about vocation events can be found on the Upcoming Events page of the HNP website.

Gonzalo Torres, OFM, of St. Mary’s Parish, publicized on his Facebook page last week the “Targeted Food drive” being held on the second Sunday of each month at the Pompton Lakes, N.J., parish.

During the Christmas season, the Diocese of Charleston, S.C., produced a three-part video series that took place at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenville, S.C. It featured a story read by Patrick Tuttle, OFM, pastor, an interview about the Year of Faith with Paul Williams, OFM, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Anderson, S.C., and songs performed by the choirs of both parishes.

Juan Turcios, OFM, and Jud Weiksnar, OFM, of Camden, N.J., were mentioned in a Jan. 8 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the feast of the Epiphany of the Lord.

News for the next issue of HNP Today is requested by Jan. 23, always the Wednesday before the newsletter’s publication date. Updates about the friars and their ministries can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

Topics planned for future issues of this newsletter include:
•   Martin Luther King Jr. holiday commemorations
•   Profiles of friars marking profession anniversaries in 2013
•   Changes in pastors at HNP parishes
•   Friar reunion on April 20

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas