This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable May events that took place around Holy Name Province are listed below.

One Year Ago               
May 1, 2012 — The Franciscan Community Center, a ministry of Holy Name of Jesus Parish in New York City, held a fundraising event to mark its 20th anniversary.

May 4, 2012 — The Washington Theological Union held its 43rd and final commencement exercises onsite. Among the 50 graduates receiving degrees were five Province members —  Ross Chamberland, OFM, Frank Critch, OFM, Stephen DeWitt, OFM, Gerald Hopeck, OFM, and Daniel Horan, OFM.

Five Years Ago
May 24, 2008 — The largest group of Holy Name Province friars ordained to the priesthood in almost two decades celebrated their ordination at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City. They were Scott Brookbank, OFM, Zachary Elliott, OFM, Julian Jagudilla, OFM, Gonzalo de Jesus Torres-Acosta, OFM, and Christopher VanHaight, OFM.

10 Years Ago
May 4-5, 2003 — The 50th anniversary of the Province’s former mission in Gumma Ken, Japan, was marked by ceremonies in both Maebashi and Takaski. (Last year, friars at the Franciscan Chapel Center in Tokyo celebrated the parish’s 45th anniversary.)

May 18, 2003 — The Province announced its intention to withdraw from St. Joseph’s Parish, West Milford, N.J.

20 Years Ago
May 13, 1993 — Neil O’Connell, OFM, announced his resignation as president of St. Bonaventure University, effective June 1.

May 23-28, 1993 — Anthony Carrozzo, OFM, and Flavian Walsh, OFM, were reelected Provincial Minister and Provincial Vicar, respectively, at the Provincial Chapter held at Siena College. Richard Biasiotto, OFM, Kenneth Himes, OFM, Hugh Hines, OFM, Daniel McLellan, OFM, Kevin Mullen, OFM, and David Schlatter, OFM, were elected as Provincial Councilors. (The next Chapter will be held in June 2014.)

30 Years Ago
May 22, 1983 — Siena College awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws to California governor George Deukmejian at commencement. Deukmejian, the son of immigrants, spoke of the United States as the land of opportunity in his commencement address. He earned his bachelor of arts degree from Siena. (This year, Siena College’s commencement ceremonies will take place May 19. Honorary degree recipients include U.S. District Judge Mae D’Agostino, ’77, business and civic leader Walter Kicinski, ’62, and John Nigro, president of Nigro Companies.)

50 Years Ago
May 26, 1963 — Six boys and four girls completed their elementary education at St. Anthony of Padua School in Greenville, S.C. (Today, the school serves more than 101 children and has just completed a new school building to replace the current facility, which has been in use since 1956.)

 Compiled by Maria Hayes