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 the friars by phone or email and by connecting with the Communications Office.

To provide news briefs for future issues of HNP Today, email information to communications director Jocelyn Thomas.

John Anglin, OFM, has posted updates on his blog The Wandering Friar about his recent mission trip to Honduras. They include photos, videos and reflections. His trip began on June 8 and ended on Sunday, June 17.  John’s missionary work involved many activities with the young people of Honduras, as well as those on the margins of society.

Brian Belanger, OFM, and Siena College’s Office of International Programs welcomed a group of nine students and six faculty members from FAE Centro Universitario, Siena’s partner university in Curitiba, Brazil, to the Loudonville, N.Y., campus from May 15 to 22. The participants took classes in English, New York history and United States politics. They also participated in a forum titled “Perspectives from Brazil, Student Response to the Challenges of the Millennium” on May 16. Brian is director of Siena’s International Relations Office. Presentations and discussions centered on topics relating to sustainability across national boundaries, particularly from a shared Franciscan perspective, according to a recent Siena news release.

Twelve friars who are making golden and silver jubilees will be honored at a 5:30 p.m. Mass on June 21. They are Donald Chin, OFM, of Brazil; Joseph Ehrhardt, OFM, of Kenya; Bonaventure Hayes, OFM, of Ringwood, N.J.; John McVean, OFM, of New York City; Charles Miller, OFM, of Triangle, Va.; Edwin Robinson, OFM, of Butler, N.J.; John Schulmeister, OFM, of Baltimore, Md.; Sebastian Tobin, OFM, of Silver Spring, Md.; andMichael Tyson, OFM, of New York City, who are celebrating 50 years as friars, as well as Frank Sevola of Pompton Lakes, N.J., Basil Valente, OFM, of St. Bonaventure University, Allegany, N.Y., and Provincial TreasurerDennis Wilson, OFM, who are marking their 25th anniversaries.

F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, interim dean of the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University in Western New York, was one of several presenters at last week’s conference celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Poor Clares. He spoke on June 12 about “The Clarian Influence Today.” Information about the June 10 to 16 gathering is available on the institute’s webpage.

Daniel Grigassy, OFM, celebrated his last Mass at St. Bonaventure Parish, Paterson, N.J., where he has served as pastor since 2005. He will be going to St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore, Md., to teach sacramental theology, a subject in which he has a doctorate. Three photos of Dan appear in the June 14 issue of The Beacon, the newspaper of the Diocese of Paterson. Last month, he and Diane Bergant, CSA, of the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, addressed the Assembly of Capuchin Franciscans of the St. Augustine Province, Pittsburgh, during a symposium on the “Liturgy of the Hours, the Psalms as Christian Prayer, Meditation, and Contemplation” held near Pittsburgh. Dan said the May 21 to 25 assembly “was truly an event for all the friars.”

Martin Hanhauser, OFM, Eric Kyle, OFM, and Daniel Lanahan, OFM, were among 24 priests honored by the Diocese of Paterson earlier this month in recognition of their anniversaries of priesthood ordination. The May 31 issue of The Beacon, the newspaper of the diocese, included descriptions of the friars, and the June 14 issue reported on the June 5 Mass.

Student friar Jeffery Jordan, OFM, and Michael Tyson, OFM, participated in the Holy Name School Field Day on June 8 in Riverside Park in New York City. It was a “good example of a friar who is celebrating 50 years of profession as a friar and a friar in formation together in ministry,” Jeffery said.

Steven Kluge, OFM, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Long Beach Island, N.J., participated in a fashion show this afternoon along with several other Long Beach Island-based friars, including Kevin Daly, OFM, andDaniel Horan, OFM.

Last week, Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, was a speaker at the first meeting of the plenary council of Assumption BVM Province, for whom he served as visitor in 2010 and 2011. The gathering was virtually an all-province assembly, Dominic said. The three-day event was a reflection on the mission of the Midwest province. In addition to Dominic, other speakers were General Minister Fr. Jose Rodriguez Carballo, who participated via  Skype, and Sr. Margaret Carney, OSF, president of St. Bonaventure University.

Russel Murray, OFM, led a group of Siena College students to Alaska recently for a service immersion trip.

Joseph Nangle, OFM, traveled to Haiti last week for a Pax Christi delegation.

Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, delivered the graduation address at his alma mater, St. Pancras Elementary and Middle School in New York City on June 15. Earlier in the week, he presided and preached at a liturgy St. Bonaventure University, celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Poor Clares.

Frank Sevola, OFM, invites all to a prayer service on June 26 to show support for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. It is being held at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church in Pompton Lakes, N.J., where he is pastor.

As he has done in the past, Patrick Tuttle, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Greenville, S.C, served as disc jockey at St. Francis Inn’s annual block party in Philadelphia. Photos of the June 9 event, which more than 400 people attended, can be found on the Facebook page of the Franciscan Volunteer Ministers.

Jud Weiksnar, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Camden, NJ.,  appeared on Philadellphia’s ABC News on June 11, talking about the community work of the students of St. nthony of Padua School. They recently received a youth service award.

News for the next issue of HNP Today is requested by June 27 (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:
• The Province’s annual Jubilee Celebration, being held June 21
• Poor Clares commemoration at St. Bonaventure Universtiy
• Service trips of friars based at colleges

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas