Wanting to Dance

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A friend of the Province is alluded to in an article in today’s New York Timesconcerning the role of drinking in English culture: “Drink also featured heavily in the life of George Brown, a Labor foreign secretary in the 1960s, who is once said to have stumblingly invited a guest in flowing purple robes at a reception in Peru to dance. …

Conventual Minister General Responds to Critics of Assisi Friars

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Joachim Giermek, OFM Conv, the General Minister of the Conventuals, has responded to critics of the friars in Assisi after the recent publication of Pope Benedict’s motu proprio: “Many of these reputed experts seem not to have even read the document, or cared about what it contained. It was widely reported that the present Holy Fathers intention in the motu proprio was to …

Assisi Pilgrimage

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Quincy University is organizing a pilgrimage to Assisi for students and faculty between May 15-26. Two spots are still available. All friars are welcome to join the group. Dennis Schafer will be accompanying the group. The price, which includes all travel, lodging and most meals, is $3,500. If you are interested, please contact Steve Suding, Vice-President for Mission and Ministry, …

College Group Spends Break Helping Poor

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Kevin Daly accompanied a van-load of Siena College students on a journey to Philadelphia, where they assisted at St. Francis Inn for a week during Christmas break. The Inn is a longtime provider of food, clothing, basic care and companionship, day in and day out, to people in need. The experience is an eye-opener for students, as they come to know …

The Three Kings

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CAMDEN, N.J. – At St. Anthony of Padua Parish here, on Epiphany weekend,John Coughlin,Jud Weiksnar and their deacon Tito Miranda, blessed 66 houses with the traditional “20+C+M+B+06” inscription in chalk on their front doors. The inscription contains the year plus the first letter of the names of the celebrated Three Kings of the Epiphany. The tradition started ages ago when, on …

Benevolence and Bonfils Trusts

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The friars are reminded that the deadline for submitting grant applications for the Benevolence and Bonfils Trusts is April 1. If you wish to submit a grant appliation, please review the guidelines that are found on the Provincial Web site under the heading “Our Work,” and submit applications on the proper forms.

Regis Duffy Passes

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Regis Duffy, 71 years of age, a professed Franciscan friar for 50 years and a priest for 44 years, died Jan. 4 at the St. Bonaventure University Friary. Regis was born on Oct. 15, 1934, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to John and Alice (née Hartigan) Duffy. He was baptized John on Nov. 11 in Saint Francis Xavier Church in Brooklyn. He …

SBU Unveils New Scholarships for Pennsylvania Students

Suzanne Wilcox English Features

Allegany, N.Y. – St. Bonaventure University has announced two new scholarships designed especially for Chautauqua and Warren County (Pa.) County students. The scholarships, available for the first time for students entering in fall 2006, will aid all qualifying graduates of high schools throughout Chautauqua and Warren County, offering $12,000 per year to help finance a top-quality education at St. Bonaventure. …

Pioneer of Civil Rights Set to Speak at Siena

Azra Haqqie (Times Union) Features

Loudonville, N.Y. –Georgia Congressman John Lewis, recognized by most as one of the important leaders of the civil rights movement, will be at Siena College on January 19 to deliver the 19th annual lecture of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King Lecture Series on Race and Nonviolent Social Change. Lewis will lecture on the topic “Civil Rights …

Living for God on Death Row: Prisoner befriended by Stephen Walsh

Angela Burrin Features

Sickness in a family member is often a catalyst to seeking extra prayer. Such is the case of 2001 when a member of my family began to experience severe depression. I called Deacon Al O’Brien, director of the prison ministry for Beaumont Diocese in Texas, and asked if he knew of a prisoner who could pray for Michael. Since I …

Terence Gray

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Terence Gray, a former friar, died on Tuesday, December 27. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Friday, December 30 at St. Martin’s Church, Buffalo, NY. For further inquiries: 716-823-7077.

Conrad Harkins

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Due to upgrading Franciscan University’s networking infrastructure, I will not be able to receive e-mail until Jan.9, 2006. The Franciscan University Web site will also be down during this time period. I will be in Belize from December 20 to January 5. You may reach me at phone/fax 011-501-822-2254.