February 23-24, 2006
Visioning and Planning
The Provincial Council reviewed a report from the January meeting of the Visioning and Planning Committee. After a discussion on the report, the Council made some suggestions that will be shared with the Committee.
Days of Reflection and Renewal – “Grace of Our Origins”
Dominic Monti gave an update on the Days of Reflection and Renewal taking place in various locations in the Province, from January to June.
Holy Name Province and the Secular Franciscan Order
The Provincial Council heard a presentation by Richard Trezza, Provincial Spiritual Assistant for the Secular Franciscan Order and Ronald Pihokker, SFO. The presentation included the following areas: (1) the relationship between the SFO and the Province; (2) a review of relevant legislation; (3) statistics relative to SFO fraternities bonded to Holy Name Province; (4) the role of the friar spiritual assistant (local, regional, and provincial). The presentation concluded with the opportunity for questions and conversation.
Letter of Invitation from Diocese of Raleigh
The Provincial Council reviewed and discussed an invitation from the Diocese of Raleigh to consider taking responsibility for two or three areas of ministry within the Chapel Hill region of the diocese. The Provincial Council recommended that we explore this invitation and members of the ministerial development directorate, under the leadership of Andrew Reitz, visit the ministries in the Chapel Hill region and provide a report of their visit to the Provincial Council.
Reports from Directorates and Committees
The Provincial Council received reports from the chairs of the following directorates and committees: finance (Kevin Mullen); ministerial development (Andrew Reitz); ongoing formation (Edward Coughlin) and justice, peace and integrity of creation (Daniel Dwyer).
Dominic Monti gave a report on behalf of the higher studies committee, which included an update on the various friars engaged in studies. He reported that the committee made a recommendation that the proposals of Brian Jordan and Kyle Haden for higher studies be approved. The Provincial Council approved the recommendation of the committee.
Brian has been accepted into a master’s degree program in Professional Studies (in Industrial and Labor Relations) at the Cornell University Extension School in New York. Kyle is applying to study for a Doctor of Ministry degree.
The next Provincial Council meeting will take place on March 15-16, 2006