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 …

Ministries Share Digital Gospel Message During Lent

Maria Hayes Around the Province

David Convertino, OFM, was a newly ordained priest when a woman came up to him before Mass and asked that in his homily, he give parishioners “something to hold on to that will carry us through the week.” Her comment inspired “Lent in My Pocket,” a booklet containing one thought to reflect on daily throughout Lent and Holy Week. Available as …

Daily Prayers Go Digital

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

NEW YORK — For the new year, the HNP Development Office has launched a new prayer initiative from a new social networking platform — Instagram, a photo- and video-sharing service. Called “90 Prayers for 90 Days,” this digital “insta-inspiration” is succeeding in both delivering spiritual messages to the faithful and allowing more people to get to know the Franciscans. Like many …