Celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Wendy Healy Around the Province

When the Virgin Mary appeared to an indigenous peasant in 1531 near Mexico City, she brought hope to a country that was ravaged by war and strife. Today, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on Dec. 12 is a celebration that remains both meaningful and festive for the Hispanics at Holy Name Province’s parishes. The feast day holds significance …

U.S. Provincials Greet Immigration Changes with Hope, Caution

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

The leaders of the OFM provinces in the United States sent a letter to President Barack Obama this week thanking him for his recent action on immigration and recommending further reform to achieve justice for all. The Dec. 1 letter, signed by the seven U.S. provincial ministers, told the president that “it is a just and good thing that as …

Friars Celebrate Silver Anniversary of Franciscan Volunteer Ministry

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

NEW YORK — At what was called a “rehearsal of the heavenly banquet,” more than 100 people gathered last week to celebrate 25 years of service and friendship generated by the Province’s Franciscan Volunteer Ministry. They enjoyed Mass, a reception, and time to share memories and news with FVMs past and present. Provincial Vicar Lawrence Hayes, OFM, FVM’s new president, …

Franciscan Volunteer Ministry Plans 25th Anniversary Celebration

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

NEW YORK — The Province’s volunteer ministry is commemorating a quarter-century of young adult service to the marginalized with a reunion of the extended Franciscan Volunteer Ministry family. The Philadelphia-based Franciscan Volunteer Ministry welcomes friars to join the July 26 celebration, scheduled for 3 p.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street in New York City. The …

Spanish Vocation Retreat Set for September

Maria Hayes Friar News

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Men aged 18 and older who would like to learn more about the Friars Minor are invited to attend a Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat in Spanish at Holy Name College. Members of the Province’s Hispanic Ministry Committee will lead the retreat. The Sept. 5 to 7 event is an encore of last year’s retreat, described as “an …

This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable April events around Holy Name Province include: One Year Ago April 6, 2013 — Pope Francis appointed General Minister Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, to the Roman Curia as secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Institutes of Consecrated Life and the Societies of Apostolic Life.  (Fr. José is currently organizing the Year of Consecrated Life, which begins in November.) April …