Franciscan Volunteer Ministers Start Year of Service

Matthew Johnson Around the Province

The HNP Franciscan Volunteer Ministry is beginning its 26th year with six dedicated participants and a new board president. The ministry is proud to introduce the volunteers for the 2014-15 year, who are serving the poor and marginalized in the cities of Camden, N.J., and Philadelphia. With two returning FVMs, this year has started off with a bang, and all …

Friars Host Second Spanish Vocation Retreat

Lawrence Hayes, OFM Friar News

SILVER SPRING, Md. — From Sept. 5 to 7, the Province’s second Hispanic Franciscan Vocation Retreat was held at Holy Name College. Sponsored by the HNP Hispanic Ministry Committee, this discernment weekend welcomed 17 candidates — many from parishes staffed by Holy Name Province. The men hailed from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, …

Friars Get Soaked for Good Cause

Maria Hayes Friar News

Oprah Winfrey has done it. The New York Mets have done it. Kermit the Frog has done it. And now, so have friars of Holy Name Province. The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has made headlines and flooded Facebook in recent weeks. The fundraiser dares participants to either raise awareness for ALS by getting drenched with a bucket of ice water …

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 …

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 …