The 116-year-old St. Anthony’s Friary in northern New Jersey – home to nearly 30 friars, most of them senior members of the Province – has received much-needed functional and aesthetic upgrades to enhance the safety and comfort of friars, including a modern elevator, fireproof staircase, and exterior observation decks on each of the five residential floors with spectacular vistas of the Ramapo Mountains.
In response to the increase of hate-fueled violence against Asian- Americans and Pacific Islanders, the Province’s Migrant Center of New York is providing education and advocacy programs, and HNP has released a statement expressing solidarity and support for the AAPI community.
HNP friars, ministries, and partners-in-ministry will join the worldwide Order and people around the globe in celebrating the environment and focusing on ecological initiatives to improve the health of the planet commemorating the 51st annual Earth Day, April 22.
After living through more than 12 months of a pandemic, several HNP friars reflect on the greater meaning of this year’s Easter season – Christ’s death on the cross bringing renewal and salvation, COVID-19 vaccines providing hope, and the barren landscape of winter springing to growth and new life.
Robert Frazzetta and Dominic Monti appointed general visitors
The Fraternitas and Contact newsletters feature reaction to the crisis in Myanmar, migration trends in the Americas, postulants demonstrating against climate change, the Minister General’s Easter letter, concern about Good Friday donations during the pandemic, and the commemoration of a SJB Franciscan missionary to the Navajo people.
A Franciscan-based healthcare ministry that has become a beacon for one of the city’s most vulnerable and medically underserved populations has received a $1.3 million renovation.
A new handicap-accessible bathroom with shower amenities, an additional state-of-the-art examination room, a modernized and comfortable waiting area, and a new private drug and alcohol counseling room are among the features of the extensive upgrades at the Women’s Medical Clinic at St. Anthony Shrine – which has become a leading provider of healthcare to homeless women living on the streets of downtown Boston.
After 15 months in California, Erick Lopez reflects on the impact that the pandemic and the events around the world have had on him, describing the pain of witnessing sickness, anger, climate change, and the mistreatment of people as well as the need to mourn and to recognize love. When he thinks of Easter, his heart takes him to the celebrations he experienced for nine years at St. Camillus Church. Recently, after extreme sadness, he found consolation in “little sparkling drops.”
Two friars with strong connections to St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, are scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood there on May 29. All are welcomed to virtually attend the liturgy that will be celebrated by Cardinal Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington.
A friar stationed in northern Virginia becomes a U.S. citizen, three friars are approved for solemn profession, a pair of friars are appointed as general visitors, a friar writes a new book, and other updates about HNP members.
Things are cooking in the kitchen at the friary on West 31st Street in New York City, as friars share their culinary skills and favorite recipes in Friar Chef how-to video series that brings faith, food and friars into the homes of thousands across the country
Brother of late Noel Fitzpatrick died