NEW YORK — On Jan. 1, Catholics around the world observed the 50th World Day of Peace. Pope Francis, in a letter offered a greeting of hope to the world’s peoples and nations, to heads of state and government and to religious, civic and community leaders. “I wish peace to every man, woman and child, and I pray that the image and likeness of God in each person will enable us to acknowledge one another as sacred gifts endowed with immense dignity.”
As this new year begins, the Province recognizes the gifts of its members, who – through decades of religious life – have served the people of God in a variety of roles at ministries throughout the world.
In 2017, 32 friars are marking major anniversaries of profession and ordination. Below are the names of HNP members who have jubilees this year.
25 Years a Friar
50 Years a Friar
60 Years a Friar
25 Years Ordained
50 Years Ordained
60 Years Ordained
In June, the Province will honor the friars who are marking 25 and 50 years since their first profession of vows. Other anniversary celebrations are traditionally arranged by individual classes and are usually celebrated locally.
At this time of year, the Province remembers its 12 members who died in 2016. They are:
Finian Riley, OFM, who died Jan. 15 in Ringwood, N.J.
Angelus Gambatese, OFM, who died Feb. 5 in Ringwood
Alexis Morris, OFM, who died March 3 in St Petersburg, Fla.
John Quinn, OFM, who died March 23 in Ringwood
Howard O’Shea, OFM, who died March 26 in Ringwood
Mathias Doyle, OFM, who died June 16 in Loudonville, N.Y.
David Haack, OFM, who died July 20 in Ringwood
Vincent Grogan, OFM, who died July 29 in Butler, N.J.
Andrew Giardino, OFM, who died July 30 in Hartford, Conn
Nathanael Necaster, OFM, who died Sept. 13 in Ringwood
Eric Kyle, OFM, who died Dec. 1 in Ringwood
Evan Greco, OFM, who died Dec. 27 in Pompton Plains, N.J.
— Jocelyn Thomas is communications director for Holy Name Province. Carolyn Croke provided research for this story.
- Deceased Friars page of HNP website
- “Province Honors 14 Friars for Profession Anniversaries” – June 29, 2016, HNP Today
- “Province Congratulates 2016 Jubilarians, Remembers Deceased Brothers” – Jan. 13, 2016, HNP Today