The five U.S. friars who are approved to make their solemn vows this year are shown at their month-long retreat. Left to right: Henry Djojo of St. Barbara Province, Jim Bernard, Aaron Richardson, Joshua Critchley of Immaculate Conception Province, Steve Kuehn. (Photo courtesy of Kevin Kriso)

HNP Formation Program Announces Transitions

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News, Home Page – News

As friars begin summer assignments and yearlong internships, five prepare for new Brothers Walking Together program

Meeting the Franciscan Challenge

Stephen Mangione Around the Province

The Province’s annual appeal, a major source of funding for outreach ministries and programs throughout Holy Name Province, is underway – but don’t worry. You won’t be asked to plunge into frigid ocean waters or run a 5K race to meet this challenge, promises David Convertino.

Mourning the Deaths of Franciscans

HNP Communications Franciscan World

In recent weeks, friars from two provinces of the Order’s English-speaking Conference – Sacred Heart Province and the Province of Ireland – as well as several Franciscan sisters of communities connected to HNP have died.

Siena, St. Bonaventure Graduate 1,400+ Students – in Person

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

What a difference a year makes! Despite some pandemic-related modifications and continuing safety protocols, more than 1,400 students of the class of 2021 at two Holy Name Province-sponsored colleges were able to graduate in person

Putting Laudato Si’ into Practice

Russell Testa Features, Justice and Peace

The Church concluded the five-year anniversary celebration of the release of Laudato Si’ – Pope Francis’s 2015 encyclical – with the launch on May 25 of the Laudato Si’ Action Platform by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Integral Human Development. This is an appropriate time to focus on the message and goals of the encyclical, and to implement them as Franciscans.

Transitions

HNP Communications Friar News

The Provincial Administration has announced new assignments for two friars and the withdrawal of a friar from the Province’s formation program.

A liturgy for Laudato Si’ Week was celebrated at the General Curia by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. (Photo from the ofm.org website)

Minister General’s Pentecost Message and Other OFM News

Jim McIntosh OFM Franciscan World

The June issue of Fraternitas, the Order’s international newsletter, features news about the Franciscan participation in Laudato Si’ Week at the General Curia; an article about the friars in in Libya looking for new missionaries to work there; and new Franciscan books, including one by Murray Bodo, OFM, of St. John the Baptist Province. It also publicizes upcoming events, among them next month’s General Chapter that will be attended by leaders of OFM provinces from around the world. A prayer for the success of the 2021 General Chapter is included.