Province Produces First-Ever DVD

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NEW YORK — A video describing the depth and reach of Holy Name’s ministries is now available for viewing on the Province’s Web site.

Click on the home page, or on “Who We Are,” to see Holy Name Province:  Love at Work. The 10-minute video was developed to show a glimpse of the Province’s valuable work. It describes — through photos, narration and music — the enthusiasm and the many contributions of the Province.

The video says that, of the three branches of the worldwide Franciscan Order, the Order of Friars Minor is the largest. Holy Name is the largest province of Franciscan friars (OFMs) in the United States and the third largest OFM province in the world.  It emphasizes that the Province is a vibrant, living example of “love at work.”

It offers a visual description of the Province’s six principal ministries: (1) parishes (31 parishes in 10 states), (2) higher education (St. Bonaventure University and Siena College), (3) urban ministry, (4) preaching and spiritual centers, (5) direct service to the poor, and (6) foreign missions.

It closes with Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, saying, “As we celebrate the 800th anniversary of the Franciscan Order, we are comforted by the knowledge that a new generation of friars is prepared to bring the Gospel to the world.”

The video was shown to Holy Name friars at their Provincial Chapter last month.   It was produced by the Province’s Development Office, directed by John Piccione, OFM.  Many of the photos in the video were taken by Octavio Duran, OFM.

A DVD of the video will be distributed to all Holy Name friars soon.  This is the Province’s first-ever DVD about the 107-year-old community.

“Our new DVD clearly shows how the Provincial community provides friars with the spiritual and fraternal support to live fully the calling from St. Francis of Assisi to be heralds of the Gospel in the midst of society,” John O’Connor said.

“With the 800th anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan Order right around the corner, we felt it was highly beneficial to use the latest technology to make the Holy Name Province story available to the communities we serve.”

The video captures the energy and passion of the friars, according to communications director Jocelyn Thomas.

Two versions of the video are online; one has subtitles, and the other does not.
Editor’s Note:  Look for future enhancements to the Who We Are page in the coming weeks.