The Provincial Administration has announced new assignments for two friars and the withdrawal of a friar from the Province’s formation program.
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.
The priestly ordination of two young friars caused John Heffernan to reflect on his own 30-plus years of vocation and changes in the Church during these three decades
Emma Henderschedt reflects on how her four years at Siena College and one year of service as an FVM have led to a lifetime of service woven by Franciscan values and traditions.
The friars at St. Mary’s Parish acknowledged parishioner Mary Lovely for her more than two decades of ministry service at the northern New Jersey church when they presented her with the Holy Name Province Francis Medal last month at a Sunday morning Mass.
Postulants, novices, and student friars from across the country took time during April and early May to gather for a virtual inter-formation jamboree, an event formerly known as intersession. Although it was previously planned to be held in-person in Oceanside, California, during the last week of May, the event’s format needed to be revised because of pandemic restrictions and it turned out to be a success.
The 20-year-old organization has a new name and an expanded website – enhancements designed to more effectively communicate its goal of preserving, articulating and advancing Franciscan tradition. The commission, part of the Order’s English-speaking Conference, has added the word “spiritual” to its title.
Recent friar activities include a podcast interview, a video welcoming returning parishioners, the announcement of an upcoming book, an appointment as chair of a committee of the Buffalo diocese, a presentation on Christian-Muslim relations, and the renewal of vows by simply-professed friars.
The May issue of Fraternitas features a Ramadan message from the Commission for Dialog with Islam written by Michael Calabria, as well as reports on the new Nagasaki Project, whose fundamental goal is to promote lasting peace in the city of Nagasaki and throughout the world; the 50th anniversary of the Franciscan Institute of Spirituality at the Antonianum; a Poor Clare monastery in the Philippines promoting renewable energy; and new Franciscan books, while website reports on release of Acta and other updates.
Long before thoughts of becoming a friar or Holy Name Province entered his consciousness, Carlos Sarmiento had a front-row seat to the Franciscan ideals of outreach to the needy and service among the people – when, as a child, he witnessed his mother’s participation in their parish’s Neocatechumenal Way, a Christian formation program that brings the presence of the Church to impoverished communities.
The Provincial Office extends sympathy to the families of friars and friends who have died recently – Lawrence Anderson, Michael Joyce, Jud Weiksnar and former SBU president Damian McElrath
The Provincial Administration has announced new assignments for five friars — Ignatius Harding, Abraham Joseph, Ronald Pecci, Bernard Splawski, Jay Woods