U.S. Provinces Vote to Take Part in Collaboration

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following is a compilation of this month’s news from the website and Facebook page of the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor, composed of provinces from Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania, Malta and the United States. St. Barbara Province in California was the first province to vote to be part of the national conversation regarding the reconfiguration of the American provinces. Of …

‘A Church That is For the Poor’

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

The following is a compilation of this month’s news from the website and Facebook page of the English-speaking Conference of the Order of Friars Minor, composed of provinces from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Lithuania and Malta. “How I would like a Church that is poor and that is for the poor!” So said Pope Francis during a March 16, 2013 audience. Last …

This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Some notable March events around Holy Name Province include: One Year Ago March 7, 2013 — St. Bonaventure University celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Friedsam Memorial Library with a blessing and rededication. Francis Di Spigno, OFM, executive director of university ministries, and Provincial Councilor F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, were among those who participated in the event. March 13, 2013 — Pope Francis was elected as …

Province to Withdraw from Two Sullivan County Parishes

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

NEW YORK — For the second time in nearly two months, Holy Name Province has made the difficult decision to withdraw from parishes in the Archdiocese of New York. They are St. Mary Parish, Obernburg, and St. Anthony Parish, Yulan — both in rural Sullivan County. The announcement was made during parish Masses the weekend of Feb. 23. Joseph Juracek, …

Second National Gathering of Friars in Hispanic Ministry Announced

Maria Hayes Friar News

BURLINGTON, Wis. — Franciscan friars from the seven U.S. provinces are invited to the second national gathering of OFM friars in Hispanic ministry. This year’s “Juntos Como Hermanos — Together as Brothers” gathering will take place at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate from Oct. 6 to 8. Friars involved in Hispanic ministry will have the opportunity to share their experience, strength …

General Curia’s February Update

Maria Hayes Around the Province

ROME — The current issue of Fraternitas highlights the election of Fr. Gabriel Mathias, OFM, Provincial Vicar of St. Thomas the Apostle Province in India, to the General Council. Fr. Gabriel will complete the term of Fr. Paskalis Syukur, OFM, who was recently appointed bishop of Bogor in Indonesia by Pope Francis. The first Indian to be elected a General Councilor, Fr. …

Province to Withdraw from New York City Parish

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

NEW YORK — Holy Name Province announced last week that it is returning the care of St. Stephen of Hungary Parish on East 82nd Street in Manhattan to the Archdiocese of New York. The decision, a painful one, according to HNP leaders, evolved from a series of studies about ministerial priorities in light of available personnel resources. The announcement was …

Order, Province Extend Christmas Greetings

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

With a fraternal greeting that wished the fullness of God’s peace, hope and joy for all this season, General Minister Fr. Michael Perry, OFM, sent the Order’s annual Christmas greeting to friars, his first since assuming the leadership position in May. He began the letter by telling the story of St. Francis’s deep relationship with Jesus. After the death of the …