News Briefs About Special Ministry Activities of HNP Friars

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

NEW YORK — Below are updates about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars, including their presentations, outreach and celebrations. More information can be obtained by visiting links to the parishes and organizations mentioned, by contacting the friars by phone or e-mail and by connecting with the Communications Office.

To provide news briefs for future issues of HNP Today, e-mail communications director Jocelyn Thomas.

Lawrence Anderson, OFM, will present an evening as part of the Catholicism 101 adult faith formation series at St. Mary’s Church. The Sept. 29 program at the Pompton Lakes, N.J., church is called “Mass Confusion: Understanding the Roman Catholic Mass.”

An article about the 40 years of service of Romuald Chinetsky, OFM, appears in the summer 2010 issue of Siena News magazine. The page 15 feature quotes Siena College president Kevin Mullen, OFM, saying that Romuald “taught us how to welcome.”

In July, Christopher Dunn, OFM, pastor of St. Lourdes Parish in Lima, Peru, was named chaplain to the Peruvian Urban Search and Rescue team, a set of three elite teams that specialize in rescue operations in collapsed structures, especially earthquakes, Christopher said of the eight-year-old program. Also last month, Chris began a new Internet service for firefighters called Firefighters Together Praying. “So far, it seems to be well-received,” he said.

On Sunday Aug. 8, the friars of St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, welcomed Dominic Finneran, OFM, home from Marian Manor to celebrate the feast of St. Dominic during the weekly community night. “As always, he received a royal welcome and enjoyed it very much,” said John Maganzini, OFM, vicar of St. Anthony Friary, adding that Dominic was “honored with a cake and singing.”

Daniel Grigassy, OFM, participated in the recent Mass that instituted a seminarian to the Ministry of Acolyte in the Diocese of Paterson, N.J. Daniel led the congregation in welcoming Bishop Arthur Serratelli, who celebrated the Aug. 1 Mass, at St. Bonaventure Parish. Daniel, along with Christian Camadella, OFM, and Christopher VanHaight, OFM, were pictured in the Aug. 5 issue of The Beacon.

The artwork of David Haack, OFM, can now be viewed and purchased on a new Artspan website. Depending on the response he receives, David said he may re-subscribe after his one-year subscription expires. Approximately 50 paintings are on this site “for the purpose of selling some inventory and making room for new work,” said David. He added, “In a four-day timeframe, I noticed that 1,174 hits were recorded from around the world.”

Friars in the Provincial Office including Michael Harlan, OFM, Dominic Monti, OFM, John O’Connor, OFM, andBrian Smail, OFM, thanked Kevin McGarr for his service as a summer intern in the Communications Office with a farewell luncheon today. Kevin spent much of his time writing biographies for the updated necrology as well as working on HNP Today and other projects. He will begin his senior year at St. Bonaventure University later this month.

Thomas Hartle, OFM, of Boston, will be leading a nine-day excursion to the “imperial cities” of Europe. The trip will visit historic churches of Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria; and Prague, Czech Republic; and last from Sept. 29 to Oct. 8. It will also include a cruise along the Danube River to the Benedictine Abbey of Melk. The trip is being run by Assumption Church in Wood-Ridge, N.J.

An article about Richard Husted, OFM, pastor of St. Bonaventure Church in Allegany, N.Y., appeared in the Aug. 1 issue of the Olean Times-Herald. It is titled “Father Husted reflects on his 50 years with Franciscans.”

Brian Jordan, OFM, was with New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Aug. 3 at an event supporting the building of an Islamic center near the World Trade Center site. Brian, who served as a chaplain at Ground Zero, stated, “Islam did not bring down those towers — it was fanaticism.” His photo appeared in the Aug. 4 issues of The New York Times and New York Post and in the Aug. 16 issue of Newsweek.

Jim McIntosh, OFM, met with members of the HNPFriar.org implementation committee on Aug. 16 to develop methods of communicating the features of the Province’s new e-mail option to friars.

An opinion piece by Daniel McLellan, OFM, appeared in the Durham Herald-Sun on Aug. 10. It describes the reasons for holding an assembly about immigration reform at Immaculate Conception Parish, where Dan is pastor.

Jud Weiksnar, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Camden, N.J., appeared on the Aug. 11 NJN News in a piece titled “Camden Balanced Budget.” Jud is in favor of Camden’s first property tax increase in over 20 years, so the city can fund libraries, build more parks and keep more police officers.

News for the next issue of HNP Today is requested by Aug. 25. Topics planned for futures issues of this newsletter include:
· Holy Name Province’s capital campaign
· Perspectives from partners in ministry
· Reception of postulants
· Summer internships of student friars
· Parish festivals in Buffalo, South Jersey and Manhattan
· Sept. 11 commemorations

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas