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 …

Provincial Minister’s Schedule

HNP Communications Friar News

The next two months for Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, include events in Florida and Boston. The dates of his commitments, subject to change, through May are listed below. April 2-4 Tampa, Fla. Fraternal gathering April 4-6 Delray Beach, Fla. Visit to the Poor Clares April 7-12 St. Petersburg, Fla. Meeting of the English-speaking Conference April 16 Washington Meeting regarding possible …

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 …

From the Provincial Minister’s Desk

John O'Connor, OFM In the Headlines

The reflection below is one in a series written by Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, about his observations and experiences as leader of Holy Name Province. The previous installment appeared in the Feb. 5 issue.  Dear brothers and partners-in-ministry, Last month, I spent two days meeting with the six other U.S. provincials at the provincial offices of Immaculate Conception Province on Thompson Street in …

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, …

Future Collaboration Discussed at February U.S. Provincials Meeting

Maria Hayes Friar News

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. To prepare for upcoming Provincial Chapters, the American provincials of the English-speaking Conference met from Feb. 13 to 14 in New York City to discuss …

Formation Update: Interfaith Dialogue Highlights Annual Gathering

John Aherne, OFM Friar News

MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. — Seventeen friars in initial formation, along with six solemnly-professed friars, hunkered down during the recent polar vortex to take part in the annual formation intersession, held from Jan. 4 to 8 at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center. As in years past, the gathering was marked by a great building up of fraternity among the men in initial …

Honoring King’s Legacy

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream lives on at ministries around the Province, as friars and their partners-in-ministry demonstrated by commemorations of the civil rights leader this weekend. In addition to reflecting on King’s work, some ministries took an active role in continuing what he began more than 60 years ago. HNP Commemoration Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, celebrated Mass during the Province’s …

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 …

Provincial Minister’s Schedule

HNP Communications Friar News

The next three months for Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, include events in Delaware, Florida and New York. The dates of his commitments, subject to change, through March are listed below. Jan. 2 Washington Meeting Jan. 5 Marriottsville, Md. Formation intersession Jan. 6 New York City Meeting with General Minister Jan. 9 New York City Dinner with Archdiocese of New York …

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 …

Provincial Minister’s Schedule

HNP Communications Friar News

The next three months for Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, include events in Puerto Rico, Peru and Atlanta. The dates of his commitments, subject to change, through December are listed below. Oct. 2-4 San Juan, P.R. Celebration of 25th anniversary of the ordination as bishop of Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, OFM Oct. 4 New York City St. Francis feast celebration at St. Francis …