This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable July events around Holy Name Province include:

One Year Ago
July 8, 2013 — Fr. Julio César Bunader, OFM, of Argentina, was elected to serve as General Vicar following the election of Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, as General Minister of the Order of Friars Minor.

Five Years Ago
July 1, 2009 — The Province joined Twitter, the popular online microblog that people use to keep up-to-date on news, using the handle @HolyNameProv. (HNP’s account currently has nearly 850 followers.)

July 26, 2009 — Louis Canino, OFM, Myron McCormick, OFM, and Francis McHugh, OFM, concelebrated the closing Mass of St. Joseph’s Church in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., where 68 Province friars had ministered over the years. (The Province withdrew from the parish in 2002 after having served there for 72 years. St. Joseph’s was founded in 1897. In 2009, St. Joseph’s merged with St. Mary of the Maternity Church.)

10 Years Ago
July 1, 2004 — The Diocese of Paterson, N.J., assumed care of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish in West Milford, N.J. (The Franciscans founded and staffed the parish from 1950 to 2004.)

20 Years Ago
July 1, 1994 — Angelus Gambatese, OFM, and Alvin Faddish, OFM, traveled to Brazil to participate in the 50th anniversary celebration of the Province’s presence in Goiás. (John Vianney Krieg, OFM, one of the original 14 friars first stationed in Anápolis, Goiás, returned to Brazil for the celebration at age 82. Donald Chin, OFM,serves in Brasília, Brazil, today.)

30 Years Ago
July 16, 1984 — Holy Name Mission, the Custody of San Antonio de los Charchas and the Diocese of Coroico in Bolivia ended their legal dependence on Holy Name Province when they and 12 other Franciscan entities were amalgamated into the new missionary vicariate of St. Anthony in ceremonies held in Cochabamba, Bolivia. (HNP alumni Ignatius Harding, OFM, Thomas Kornacki, OFM, and Luis Sainz, OFM, serve in Cochabamba today. William Keenan, OFM, serves in La Paz, Bolivia.)

Compiled by Maria Hayes