Ringwood Friars Celebrate Jubilees

Cassian Miles, OFM Friar News

RINGWOOD, N.J. — Holy Name Friary here, the Province’s skilled nursing facility, welcomed nearly 150 guests and friars to a jubilee celebration honoring six members of the community at a June 13 liturgy.

The recreation room, where the Mass was celebrated, was “filled to capacity with family, friends and friars” according to Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM.

ring-rThe jubilarians present were Giles Bello, OFM, Fintan Duffy, OFM, Theodore McNally, OFM, Kenan Morris, OFM, and Peter Sheridan, OFM. Honored posthumously was Matthew Gaskin, OFM, who died at the friary on June 5. Peter, the Province’s eldest friar by profession, is celebrating 75 years as a Franciscan.

Giles and Theodore are commemorating 60 years as friars and Fintan his 50th anniversary or, golden jubilee of profession. Kenan and Matthew were honored for their 60th anniversary of ordination to the priesthood.

John was celebrant and homilist at the Sunday morning liturgy. A. Francis Soucy, OFM, guardian and director of Holy Name Friary, assisted him.

At the conclusion of Mass, Francis lauded staff members and the highly-honored facility for the outstanding care given to the infirm friars. He also expressed appreciation for the preparation and service at the festive meal that followed the liturgy. It was held under a large tent on the friary grounds.

Among the visiting friars were Octavio Duran, OFM, of St. Anthony’s Guild, who took photos, as well as a large group from nearby St. Anthony Friary in Butler.

The above photo shows John O’Connor congratulating diamond jubilarian Peter Sheridan.

— Fr. Cassian, former director of communications for the Province, lives at St. Anthony Friary in Butler, N.J. He is proofreader for HNP Today.

Editor’s note: Earlier this year, Giles and Theodore shared memories of their combined 120 years as Holy Name Province friars with a representative of this newsletter. A podcast of John’s homily from the Mass is available for download.