Autumn has begun with renewed energy for the US-6 interprovincial postulancy program. In August, six men from around the United States were officially received into the program and, in the weeks since, they have been getting acquainted with the geographic area while completing orientation and beginning their year of education and ministry.
Raymond Mann, OFM spent his religious life mainly in Massachusetts and Bolivia, and was known for his reflections and retreats.
Vianney Justin, OFM, 78, a professed Franciscan friar for 55 years, died on Aug. 19 at Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Funeral services are planned for St. Anthony’s Church in Butler, New Jersey, where visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 24. It will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM.
Recent updates include dedication of Butler friary, fire at home of friar’s New Hampshire home, stray bullet finding its way into a friar’s room in Buffalo, free haircuts given at St. Francis Inn, and articles featuring friars in NYC and New Jersey
Guided by the theme “Renewing Our Vision, Embracing Our Future,” 118 representatives of more than 12,000 Franciscan friars around the globe converged at the Order of Friars Minor General Chapter in Rome, where they elected a new Minister General and other leaders, and discussed many issues
Two decades ago, the nation was rocked by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C. The sorrow and tragedy of these events hit home for Holy Name Province, when on that seemingly beautiful late summer day in 2001, the community was shocked by the death of one of its own – Mychal Judge, OFM, the FDNY chaplain who rushed to the World Trade Center after hearing that two jumbo jets had struck the twin towers.
John Ullrich, 73, a professed Franciscan friar for 48 years and a priest for 45, died on Aug. 13 at St. Anthony’s Hospital. He spent his religious life in a variety of roles, mainly pastoral work and positions related to Franciscan formation and education.
Two exciting experiences are being planned for next year that will provide participants with spiritual and educational nourishment – one to the Holy Land, where pilgrims will retrace the footsteps of Jesus during his travels, and the other a journey to historical, sacred Franciscan sites in Italy.
A group of men, two from Holy Name Province, was received into the Interprovincial Franciscan Novitiate at Old Mission Santa Barbara, appropriately on the feast of St. Bonaventure.
Returning home after serving in the U.S. Army, Peter Fiore, OFM, enrolled at Siena College under the G.I. bill – and although it was nearly 75 years ago, he still recalls the “best decision” he ever made as if it were yesterday because it introduced him to the Franciscan friars and led to a lifetime of education ministry at the Loudonville, New York, campus where it all began.
When he received an email from the provincial minister last October requesting a video conference, Michael Blastic, OFM, anticipated the conversation would be about a new assignment. Instead, he got the surprise of his life.
After more than a year of cancellations of in-person events and raising funds through virtual platforms, the Province’s Development Office is planning to once again raise the curtain on its popular “Night of Stars” – an annual event featuring refreshments, entertainment by Broadway performers, and the opportunity for networking with friars and Province friends and supporters.