Pilgrimage to Holy Land, Mission to Africa

Maria Hayes Around the Province

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem Two opportunities are being offered in the coming months for people to explore the roots of the Gospel and answer the call to serve their brothers and sisters. From Jan. 18 to 30, Paul O’Keeffe, OFM, of Boston, will lead a mission trip to South Africa, where participants will explore the legacy …

Two Friars Ordained Deacons

Maria Hayes Friar News

SOUTH BOSTON, Mass. — Two friars were ordained as transitional deacons last month in the first ordination to take place at St. Augustine Chapel, the oldest Catholic church in New England. Ross Chamberland, OFM, and Jeffery Jordan, OFM, were ordained during an Aug. 28 Mass celebrated by Bishop Robert Hennessey of Boston. The two friars were solemnly professed on Aug. …

JPIC Leaders Share Ideas on Increasing Media Outreach

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

STONEVILLE, N.C. — The setting was peaceful and the conversations were quite lively when the Province’s justice and peace leaders gathered last month to pool their experiences, skills and interests. Representatives of more than a dozen HNP sites met July 18 to 20 at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center to brainstorm methods to strengthen advocacy of the Franciscan message. They …

Gene Pistacchio Leads Secular Franciscan Retreats

Gene Pistacchio, OFM Friar News

This past spring and fall, I was privileged to offer two weekend retreats for the Secular Franciscan Order. The first, held at Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., for the Our Lady of the Angels Region, included OFS communities in Manhattan, Staten Island, Yonkers, and Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and in North Jersey. The second retreat, held at the …