Raleigh Parish Bids Farewell to Franciscans

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province, Home Page – News

RALEIGH, N.C. – With gratitude and prayer, the parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi Church bid farewell to the Franciscans last month, ending 33 years of pastoral ministry by the friars. They said good-bye and thank you at an Aug. 30 Mass and in a presentation that recognized every friar who served at St. Francis of Assisi since 1987, when …

 The Message of Mychal Judge’s Last Homily

Kevin Mullen, OFM Features

In an article published by Siena College on Sept. 11, Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, describes the connection to Mychal Judge, OFM, of a current Siena College freshman and the lasting contribution that the late FDNY chaplain has had on people of good will. In August of 2020, Daniel De Franco began his journey at Siena College. Before coming to …

Formation: 15 Men Join Interprovincial Postulancy

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

SILVER SPRING, Md. – A group of 15 men from around the country – covering 12 states and four provinces – was welcomed on Aug. 27 to Holy Name College, where this 2020/21 class of postulants will spend one year living among friars, learning about and experiencing Franciscan life. “This an opportune time for our new brothers to continue their …

Conrad Harkins, Educator, Dies in New York

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. — Conrad Harkins, OFM, 85, a professed Franciscan friar for 65 years and a priest for 59, died on Aug. 31 at St. Cabrini Nursing Home, where he had lived since last year. He spent most of his religious life in academia and was widely known for his efforts to obtain sainthood for five Franciscans killed in …

Friars Reflect on Labor Day During a Pandemic

Stephen Mangione Features

This year, during a time of pandemic, the Labor Day holiday took on a more profound meaning. When the country virtually shut down, minimum-wage and hourly-wage employees became essential to daily life and survival. There has been a deeper appreciation for frontline personnel – such as supermarket cashiers, pharmacists, restaurant workers, fast-food attendants, truck drivers, postal carriers, building superintendents, and sanitation …

A 2020 Snapshot of the Order of Friars Minor

Dominic Monti, OFM Franciscan World

We friars of Holy Name Province are certainly aware of change. The province that the majority of us joined back in the 1950s, 70s, or even 90s looks and feels vastly different in 2020.  The decisions our provincial leadership has made this year in the wake of the Fraternal Ecology Process have made clear that friars today are called to …

Angel Vázquez, Jay Woods Make Solemn Profession

Stephen Mangione In the Headlines

HARTFORD, Conn. — In the presence of a small group of friars, family members, friends and parishioners – and with virtual guests from as far west as Arizona and east to Puerto Rico “attending” via live-streamed broadcast – Angel Vázquez, OFM, and Jay Woods, OFM, made their final vows to live St. Francis of Assisi’s Rule of the Order of …

Zachary Elliott’s New Venture at Tampa Parish Is All the Buzz

Stephen Mangione Friar News

TAMPA, Fla. – While most people stay clear of bees to avoid stings, for Zachary Elliott, OFM, getting stung is an unavoidable hazard of his newfound undertaking. Zack is the resident beekeeper at Sacred Heart Parish, an enterprise he started in February just ahead of the coronavirus outbreak. Although the pandemic wasn’t the motivation, beekeeping has served as a welcome …

Valerian Vaverchak, 87, Dies in Florida

HNP Communications Friar News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Valerian Vaverchak, OFM, 87, a Franciscan friar for 63 years, died on Aug. 31 at Bon Secours Maria Manor Nursing Care Center in St. Petersburg where he had lived since last year. Funeral services are being finalized. Early Years Valerian was born on Sept. 3, 1992 in Waymart, Pennsylvania, to William and Margaret (née Racht) Vaverchak, …

SBU, Siena College Set for Fall Semester

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

When classes begin at Siena College and St. Bonaventure University this month, students and faculty will experience a reconstructed paradigm in academics – a new blueprint in the age of COVID-19 that will touch every aspect of campus life. Models will be in place that no one could have imagined a year ago. Modifications to the 2020-21 calendar – including …

With COVID-19 Halting Road Ministries, Friars Shift Gears

Stephen Mangione In the Headlines

The COVID-19 pandemic has grounded friars Province-wide whose preaching ministries usually keep them on the road both here and abroad. Retreats, missions, workshops, classes, seminars, pilgrimages, and other related events have been suspended indefinitely. Below, eight friars – Francis Pompei, Dan Riley, Peter Chepaitis, Thomas Hartle, Kevin Cronin, Casey Cole, Dan Horan, and John Anglin – each share how their …