Installation Mass at Sacred Heart in Tampa

Andrew Reitz In the Headlines

TAMPA, Fla. – Even though the friars have been at Sacred Heart Church here since last July, this Jan. 8 was the day when Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg was able to come to install Andrew Reitz as the first Franciscan pastor of Sacred Heart Church and officially welcome the friars here. John O’Connor made his first official visit to …

Peace in the Truth

Benedict XVI Features

Peace is an irrepressible yearning present in the heart of each person, regardless of his or her particular cultural identity. Consequently, everyone should feel committed to service of this great good, and should strive to prevent any form of untruth from poisoning relationships. All people are members of one and the same family. An extreme exaltation of differences clashes with …

Martin Luther King Remembered

Stephen Lynch Features

On April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King was shot by James Earl Ray, while standing on the balcony of the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn., where he was to lead a march of sanitation workers protesting against low wages and poor working conditions. He was only 39 at the time of his death. King was turning his attention to a …

Phil’s Chortle

HNP Communications Around the Province

One day while he was at the track betting on the ponies and nearly losing his shirt, Mitch noticed a priest who stepped out onto the track and blessed the forehead of one of the horses lining up for the fourth race. Lo and behold, that horse – a very long shot – won the race. Mitch was most interested …

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

HNP Communications Around the Province

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

HNP Communications Around the Province

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

HNP Communications In the Headlines

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 …