The Provincial Office staff has learned of the passing of members of two English-speaking Conference provinces – a friar in the Southwest and one in Australia — as well as two Franciscan sisters of communities connected to HNP.
The Vocation Office of the US-6 provinces last month released four new brochures in English and Spanish to help men in their discernment of a Franciscan vocation – and word is that the publications are being well-received by friars and those interested in friar life.
Although he frequently contributes articles to academic journals and faith-based blogs, Jim Sabak became a first-time book author with last month’s release of “‘Vigilemus et Oremus’: The Theological Significance of ‘Keeping Vigil’ in Rome from the Fourth to the Eighth Centuries.”
The New England native is scheduled to be ordained to the priesthood next month at a Mass that will be live-streamed from St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in Hartford, where he completed his one-year pastoral internship and professed his solemn vows last year.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed lives around the world in tragic ways, with illness and loss, and in hopeful ways, with the strengthening of relationships and healing of the earth. In the midst of this momentous time, some things have remained constant, including the work of the Province’s Franciscan Volunteer Ministry.
Along with the beautiful tree blossoms and the flowers emerging from the ground, there are several occasions rooted in the month of May: Religious Brothers Day, Mother’s Day, and the feasts of the Ascension and St. Bernardine of Siena. Province friars reflect on each of them.
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.