Francis Medal Presented to Five in Virginia

Maria Hayes Around the Province

TRIANGLE, Va. — Earlier this month, Frank Critch, OFM, presented the Francis Medal to five members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish recognized the work they have done during the past two years to help the parish receive a GreenFaith Certification, the first in the state of Virginia. The GreenFaith Certification Program is an 18-month comprehensive environmental education and training program that trains …

Virginia Friars Present Francis Medal

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

TRIANGLE, Va. — A long-time employee of St. Francis of Assisi School was recognized last month with the HNP Francis Medal. Ann Zicafoose finished her school career and was given the medal on the same day, Dec. 20. Kevin Downey, OFM, pastor, and Frank Critch, OFM, presented the medal to her at a school Mass on the day she retired, after 10 years. …

SPUFY Friars Gather for Discussions, Support

Stephen DeWitt, OFM Friar News

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — This year’s meeting of the Solemnly Professed Friars Under Five Years (SPUFY) was held from Jan. 6 to 10. The meeting was attended by all 12 friars in this category, as well as our two mentors, Bill Beaudin, OFM, and David Hyman, OFM. This year, the gathering was coordinated by Stephen DeWitt, OFM, and Mario Gómez, OFM. We met for three extended discussions …

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

As the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, 95, earlier this month, people around the globe expressed their admiration for the South African who, after spending nearly three decades in prison, became his nation’s president and a symbol for peace and reconciliation. For days, the media focused on the impact of the man who inspired millions. Below are comments …