Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

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.

Four images: (1) two friars laughing (2) a statue of Mary cradling baby Jesus (3) a painting of the ascension (4) a painting of St. Bernardine of Siena

Celebrating Four May Occasions

HNP Communications Features

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.

St. Anthony Friary with the new addition, at right. (Photo courtesy of Paul Chelus)

Butler Friary Unveils New Safety and Comfort Upgrades

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News, Home Page – News

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.

St. John the Baptist Province celebrated the 100th anniversary of the death of Anselm Weber who served as a missionary to the Navajo people from 1898 to 1921.

Myanmar Protests, Minister General’s Easter Letter, and Other News of Order

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

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.