Celebrating Franciscan Ministry with a Challenge

Maria Hayes Friar News

TRIANGLE, Va. — Friars and laypeople came together for a celebration of Franciscan ministry during a recent Franciscan Challenge event at St. Francis Parish. The fundraising event began with small cocktail parties hosted by the friars on Feb. 27 and 28, and included homilies given by David Convertino, OFM, during Masses on Saturday and Sunday. Central to this year’s challenge is …

Free ‘Advent in My Pocket’ Booklet Available

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

Autumn has barely begun and the Franciscans are preparing for Advent. A new booklet with meditations and prayers for every day of the Advent season that begins Nov. 30 is being offered to friars and laypeople. The 28-page booklet, a pocket treasury of prayers for each day, was written by Sr. Fran McManus, RSM, and produced by the seven OFM …

Anthonian’s New Name Strengthens Franciscan Message

Maria Hayes Around the Province

NEW YORK — Those who pick up the latest issue of The Anthonian magazine will notice a new look — the addition of the word “Franciscan” beneath the magazine’s name. “The Anthonian certainly demonstrates our devotion to St. Anthony, but the name doesn’t actually tell our whole story,” said David Convertino, OFM, executive director of St. Anthony’s Guild, in the foreword …

Transitions

HNP Communications Friar News

The Provincial Administration has received from the Curia of the Order of Friars Minor formal ratification of the elections held last month at the Provincial Chapter as well as at the Provincial Office. The first document ratifies the election on June 4 and 5 of the Provincial Minister, Kevin Mullen, OFM, and Lawrence Hayes, OFM, as Provincial Vicar, along with the six friars elected as …

Kevin Mullen Elected Provincial Minister

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — The friars of Holy Name Province have a new administration. Last week, at the triennial chapter, they elected Kevin Mullen, OFM, as their 16th Provincial Minister, and Lawrence Hayes, OFM, as Provincial Vicar, as well as new Council made up of three ordained and three non-ordained friars. Kevin, elected June 4, has served since 2007 as president of Siena …

Two Guild Employees Receive Francis Medal

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

NEW YORK — More than 60 years of dedicated service were celebrated on Saturday, when two staff members of St. Anthony’s Guild, the organization of laypeople devoted to St. Anthony and to supporting the friars’ work, were recognized with the Province’s Francis Medal. Robert Baard and Joan Gruber were given the medal at the Guild’s 90th anniversary Mass in honor …

Guild Celebrates Nine Decades of ‘Love at Work’

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

NEW YORK — Saturday’s dreary weather failed to squelch the festive feeling on West 31st Street as friars and supporters gathered to commemorate the 90th anniversary of St. Anthony’s Guild. “We don’t come here just to remember the past. We come to gain strength and insight from Scripture, from the Eucharist, and from each other,” said David Convertino, OFM, executive …

St. Anthony’s Guild Plans 90th Anniversary Celebration

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

NEW YORK — Nine decades have passed since John Forrest Loviner, OFM, and the friars of Holy Name Province established St. Anthony’s Guild. Now, Guild leaders, the Province’s partners in fundraising, are recognizing all that members and the friars have done through the years. A 90th anniversary celebration with activities for both friends of the Province and the friars is planned for …