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.

Raphael Bonanno, OFM, reported on various aspects of the World Youth Day event in a recent email to the HNP Communications Office, describing the large number of visitors (roughly over a million) the interesting items given to WYD participants and the people he met while staying at the provincialate of Castile in downtown Madrid. He said  “the enthusiam of the young people made many smile and wonder.”   In addition to participating in the organized events, he said “kids were chanting, singing and just being joyful in the streets.” Raphael plans to provide a full report for a future issue of HNP Today.

Todd Carpenter, OFM, and the friars of St. Paul’s Church in Wilmington, Del., are hosting a farewell Mass and reception on Aug. 31 for Michael Tyson, OFM, who has been transferred back to New York.

F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, organized a workshop last month on the campus of St. Bonaventure University titled “The Future of Liberal Education and Franciscan Pedagogie.” The July 25 to 28 event featured Timothy Johnson of Flagler College, St. Augustine, Fla.

Bernard Creighton, OFM, joined classmates at St. Bonaventure University in June for their 50th anniversary. A photo of page 5 of the summer 2011 Bonaventure magazine shows members of the class of 1961. Also in this issue,Daniel Riley, OFM, is pictured on page 13.

Christopher Dunn, OFM, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Lima, Peru, will be in New York next month to participate in the annual Fr. Mychal Judge Walk of Remembrance in New York City on Sept. 4. He will bless a fire engine, donated by a New Jersey community, at the start of the walk, which follows a 9:30 a.m. Mass. He and other friars will offer prayers at firehouses along the walk route, from West 31st Street to Engine 10 near the World Trade Center site. Christopher Keenan, OFM, chaplain of the Fire Department of New York, said that more than 500 participants are expected this year. One of the highlights of this 10th anniversary walk is the blessing of a new permanent exhibit of Mychal’s helmet and bunker coat recovered in tact, months after Sept. 11, according to the FDNY chaplain.

Wiliam Fitzgerald, OFM, notified the Provincial Office that Quam Bonum in Falmouth, Mass., will be closed for a workshop from Sept. 11 to Sept. 17. “We will reopen on Sept. 18 for friar visits,” he said.

Robert Gavin, OFM, and Kevin Tortorelli, OFM, are teaching courses this fall through the Adult Education Center of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. Robert’s is titled “Some Essential Virtues in the Spiritual Life” and runs Oct. 5 to 26. Kevin will teach “Praying the Sunday Homily,” which runs from Oct. 12 to Dec. 14. Information about classes at the W. 31st Street Church is available through Kevin, director of the Adult Education Center, at 212-736-8500 x 311.

Provincial Secretary Michael Harlan, OFM, arranged a farewell luncheon on Aug. 18 for the summer intern who worked for the Communications Office. The Provincial Office staff thanked Vicky Wolak, an Ithaca College student from Wayne, N.J., for her work on several communications projects including the 2011 Catalog, directory and necrology. Photos were taken of Vicky with Michael as well as of Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, and Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM.

“The Death and Life of St. Maximilian Kolbe, OFM Conv.,” an article by Brian Jordan, OFM, recalling the 70th anniversary of Maximilian Kolbe’s martyrdom in Auschwitz-Birkenau, Poland, and the 80th anniversary of the Franciscan monastery built by the saint in Nagasaki, Japan, is being featured in several publications. Parts were published in Nowy Dziennik and will be published by the Messenger of St. Anthony. The full article will appear in a fall publication of a religious journal based in Warsaw, Poland. In addition, Brian’s “We Must Meet One Another,” a reflection on Catholic-Muslim relations in light of the death of Osama Bin Laden, appears in the August-September 2011 edition of the Catholic Worker. Next month, the National Catholic Register will publish his reflection on presiding over the Eucharist during the 10-month recovery operation at Ground Zero as a result of the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center.

J. Patrick Kelly, OFM, is closing his FrancisCare Counseling Center this month. After 34 years of serving clients in the Lodi, N.J., area, he is moving to St. Anthony Shrine.

Timothy Miskowski, OFM, a member of the Province’s Accounting Office, commemorated a milestone birthday on Aug. 21. He turned 65 years old. Other friars celebrating birthdays in the near future include Capistran Hanlon, OFM, and Jerome Massimino, OFM, on Aug. 24; Edward Donohue, OFM, on Aug. 28; Cidouane Joseph, OFM, on Aug. 29; and Richard Mucowski, OFM, on Aug. 30.

The summer 2011 issue of Siena magazine includes a letter by Kevin Mullen, OFM, on the inside front cover that describes the dedication to duty and the lifelong commitment to a cause greater than themselves of Adrian andJulian Riester, OFM, who died on the same day in June. Kevin says the spirit that the twins embodied “is alive and well at Siena College. I see it every day in the men and women of this community who are so incredibly devoted to Siena’s mission.” The magazine’s cover story was about Siena’s first Franciscan pilgrimage. It includes photos of Kevin as well as of F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, one of the trip’s leaders, and Kenneth Paulli, OFM.

Sean O’Brien, OFM, reports that John Maganzini, OFM, “did a wonderful job with last week’s retreat for the faculty of Sacred Heart Academy in Tampa, Fla., and the teachers loved him. It was a great way to start off the school year, and our principal was very grateful.” John’s presentation was called “Keeping The ‘LIGHT’ Alive … A Spirituality for the Catholic School Educator.” 

Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, returned today from a meeting at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md. He will return to the capital area next week for the diaconate ordination of two HNP friars, Daniel Horan, OFM, and Stephen DeWitt, OFM, who profess solemn vows on Aug. 27.

The Justice and Peace page of includes many new features. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, chair of the JPIC Directorate, has provided information for the Issue-Related Resources page that offers materials about immigration and care for creation. The Justice and Peace page is mainly administered by Fran Eskin-Royer of HNP’s JPIC Office.

Ronald Pecci, OFM, welcomed five men who will participate in the Province’s 2011-2012 HNP postulant program. They moved in to St. Paul Friary, Wilmington, Del., on Aug. 20 and will be formally received on Aug. 25.

The silver jubilee of Mark Reamer, OFM, was featured in a column in the Aug. 7 bulletin of St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Raleigh, N.C., where he is pastor. Mark was honored in June at the Province’s celebration of friars marking 25 and 50 years of profession.

Photos of Andrew Reitz, OFM, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City, along with others in the W. 31st Street community, were posted earlier this week on the Church of St. Francis of Assisi Facebook page in the “Sundae Sunday July 2011” photo album. St. Francis is one of many HNP ministries that shares activities through social media. In October, Daniel Horan, OFM, will speak at the church about the value of digital media in “Finding Francis on Facebook: Franciscan Spirituality and Mission in the Digital Age.”

Patrick Sieber, OFM, of Philadelphia, reports that on Aug. 6 “after covering the Lockheed Martin driveway with crime scene tape, 10 of us walked up the driveway and asked if we could deliver pictures of the devastation brought about by the dropping of the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima 66 years ago. Told we were trespassing, we were taken away and spent almost an hour in an overheated police van (with no air). We were given a summons, released and given a court date.”

St. Bonaventure University announced on Aug. 15 that Basil Valente, OFM, was named director of the master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications program, effective immediately. Basil — an assistant professor of journalism and mass communication and director of the Francis E. Kelley Oxford study abroad program — created the IMC program and has co-authored the curriculum for the proposed new undergraduate program in Strategic Communication and Digital Media. Having previously served as assistant director of public affairs for marketing and creative services at St. Bonaventure, he is the recipient of numerous regional and national awards for graphic design and marketing campaigns, according to a news release on the university’s website. Basil earned his bachelor of arts degree in English with a concentration in marketing/management from Siena College, a master’s degree in communications from The American University, and a second master’s degree in pastoral communication from Washington Theological Union. He continues to accomplish significant amounts of research and writing in the field of international marketing communications in the Bodleian Library in Oxford, England, according to SBU.

Topics that will be featured in upcoming issues of this newsletter include:
· Solemn profession of Stephen DeWitt and Daniel Horan
· Reflections of friars on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11 
· Celebrations of the 25th anniversary of the Spirit of Assisi 
· Activities of HNP committees and directorates

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas