This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable January events that took place around Holy Name Province.

One Year Ago
Jan. 8, 2012 — After capital improvements were made to the chapel at the University of Georgia’s Catholic Center, the building was blessed and rededicated. Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, Catholic Center director Thomas Vigliotta, OFM, and UGA campus minister David Hyman, OFM, concelebrated a Mass attended by more than 400 students and staff members.

Five Years Ago
Jan. 9, 2008 — St. Mary of the Angels Parish in Anderson, S.C., officially opened its new sanctuary with a Mass and dedication celebrated by John O’Connor, OFM, with assistance from Aubrey McNeil, OFM, pastor of St. Mary’s, and Thaddeus Sapio, OFM, parochial vicar.

Jan. 28, 2008 — Cardinal Edward Egan, archbishop of New York, presided at one of the regional Masses celebrating the archdiocese’s bicentennial at the Church of St. Francis of Assisi in New York City. Jerome Massimino, OFM,then-pastor of the Manhattan parish, concelebrated with 39 other priests serving in the 21 parishes of the West Manhattan Vicariate.

10 Years Ago
Jan. 19, 2003 — The Province observed the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. at All Saints Church in New York City. Neil O’Connell, OFM, was the host and Charles Miller, OFM, then-Provincial Vicar was the homilist. (This year’s commemoration will be held at St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, on Jan. 20. Provincial Councilor Joseph Nangle, OFM, will celebrate the Mass.)

Jan. 19-24, 2003 — Then-Provincial Minister John Felice, OFM, participated in a meeting of recently-elected provincials with the General Council in Rome, where he offered a presentation on the issues of social justice.

20 Years Ago
Jan. 4, 1993 — The first-ever Mass of Anointing of the Sick was held in the friary chapel at Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. Julian Davies, OFM, was preparing to undergo gall bladder surgery. Laurence Raineville, OFM,was principal celebrant.

30 Years Ago
Jan. 28-29, 1983 — The annual meeting of the provincial coordinators for justice and peace was held in Paterson, N.J., with the theme “Preferential Option for the Poor.” (This year, a retreat for local JPIC contacts is scheduled for June 21-23.)

50 Years Ago
Jan. 7, 1963 — Prefect Roderic Petrie, OFM, spent time recovering in St. Francis Hospital in Olean, N.Y., from a fractured vertebra, following a tobogganing trip with the youth from Archbishop Walsh High School. (Last week, friars in the Olean/Allegany area received more than one foot of snow.)

 Compiled by Maria Hayes