The newly-professed friars and the novitiate formation team pose for a photo at Old Mission Santa Barbara. (Photo courtesy of Octavio Duran)

Eight Friars Profess Simple Vows

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Eight men from three U.S. provinces professed first vows as Franciscan friars at Old Mission Santa Barbara on July 2. A small gathering in the novitiate chapel at the 18th-century mission included leadership from Holy Name, St. Barbara, and St. John the Baptist provinces, who formally witnessed vows and received the new friars. faculty.

Joe Juracek filming Emmet Murphy for a future episode of “A Moment with…” (Photo courtesy of Paul Chelus)

New Video Series Showcases Aging with Grace

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A video series featuring the Province’s senior friars is making its debut this summer. Produced by the HNP Sick, Aged and Retired Directorate, the series – called “A Moment with…” – is designed to introduce younger friars to senior friars they may not have met, and to give the subjects of the videos the opportunity to share how they are aging with grace.

Aaron renews his simple vows last spring to Friars Michael Duffy, Fred Dilger, and Pat Siebert.
(Photo courtesy of John Coughlin)

St. Francis Inn Brings Aaron Richardson Full Circle as He Prepares for Solemn Profession

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A week spent as a volunteer at St. Francis Inn seven years ago helped Aaron Richardson in his decision to pursue a Franciscan vocation, so it was fitting that he returned for his one-year internship in preparation of solemn profession

Steve with the SBU lacrosse team. (Photo courtesy of St. Bonaventure University)

Internship Experience at SBU Prepares Steven Kuehn for Solemn Profession

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The energy of a campus environment, coupled with the encouragement of friars, made St. Bonaventure University ideal for Steven Kuehn, when he was deciding on a destination for his year-long internship in preparation of solemn profession this summer. His 12 months at SBU taught him that faith and Franciscan ministry stop for no one or nothing – not even the worst global pandemic in more than a century.

Alumnus Juvenal Leahy, 96, Dies in Brazil

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Buffalo native Juvenal Leahy, 96, a professed Franciscan friar for 68 years and a priest for 63, died on July 17 in Brazil where he had lived for more than six decades. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated the next day at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in Anapolis that was followed by burial at Regina Minorum Seminary. Juvenal was an alumnus of Holy Name Province, having ministered in Brazil for 61 years

Two young men, both wearing gray shirts, stand next to a friar, who is wearing a pink shirt with tiny foxes. The group is standing in a chapel with a San Damiano cross and stained glass. All three men are smiling.

Meet Holy Name Province’s Two New Postulants-To-Be

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On Sunday, Aug. 1, St. Francis of Assisi Friary in New York City welcomed and hosted the province’s two newest postulants-to-be, John Paul Kashmer and Martin Tran, who are scheduled to be welcomed into the interprovincial postulancy program at Holy Name College in Silver Spring, Md., later this month. The postulants enjoyed three days of fraternity with the friars. On Sunday evening, …

Older Friars – Our Reserve of Wisdom

Matthew Pravetz, OFM, & Amy Stewart-Wilmarth, RN Features

Who are you calling old? Friar and nurse share perspectives on value of older friars’ wisdom for Pope Francis’ inaugural World Day of Prayer for Grandparents and the Elderly.

Bishop Bartosic, Kevin Mullen, and Jay Woods. (Photo courtesy of Octavio Duran)

Jay Woods Ordained to Priesthood at Hartford Church

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Punctuated by centuries of sacred Franciscan tradition, glorious music, triumphant applause, and a safely-distanced crowd of friars, family members and friends, Jay Woods, OFM, was ordained to the priesthood in the rite of presbyteral ordination at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church in downtown Hartford

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

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