Vianney Justin, 78, Dies in New Jersey

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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.

Tom Cole and Luis Rosado assist Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen at the dedication of the new elevator and stairwell at the Butler friary as Kevin McGoff observes from the background. (Photo courtesy of Paul Chelus)

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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

Observing 20th Anniversary of Sept. 11

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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.

Buffalo Native John Ullrich Dies at 73

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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.

Pilgrimages Planned for 2022

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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.

This year's novitiate class with their formators. Shown are, from left, Gene Pistacchio, Dan Lackie, Andrew Harrington, Kevin Schroeder, Domingo Martinez, Nolin Ainsworth, Erick Lopez, Will Compton, Matthew Tran, Larry Gosselin, Alfredo Rodrigues, and Gino Correa. (Photo courtesy of Martin Ibarra)

Five Men Begin Novitiate Year

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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.

Peter Fiore, at St. Bernardine of Siena Friary on the college campus. (photo courtesy of Siena College)

Peter Fiore Marks 70 Years of Profession

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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.

Night of Stars Planned for Sept. 27

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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.

Transitions

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The Provincial Administration on has announce new assignments for friars Michael Blastic, Larry Ford, Daniel Horan, Russel Murray, Michael Reyes

The newly-professed friars and the novitiate formation team pose for a photo at Old Mission Santa Barbara. (Photo courtesy of Octavio Duran)

Eight Friars Profess Simple Vows

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Eight men from three U.S. provinces professed first vows as Franciscan friars at Old Mission Santa Barbara on July 2. A small gathering in the novitiate chapel at the 18th-century mission included leadership from Holy Name, St. Barbara, and St. John the Baptist provinces, who formally witnessed vows and received the new friars. faculty.