Peekskill Sisters Celebrate 150 Years

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

PEEKSKILL, N.Y. — A community of sisters that has worked alongside Holy Name Province friars for 150 years began its jubilee year celebration last month. The St. Francis Province of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart traces its beginnings to the mid-1860s, when the pastor of St. Francis Church on West 31st Street in Manhattan asked a community …

Franciscan Influences: Connected by a Loving God

Barbara Salapek Features

This reflection is part of a series written by the Province’s partners-in-ministry. The previous, by Kevin McLaughlin, an alumnus and staff member of Buffalo’s Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School, was published on Nov. 5. Here, a longtime team member of the St. Francis Inn soup kitchen in Philadelphia shares what she has learned after nearly 25 years of working with the …

‘Taking the Church to the Streets’ in Raleigh

Marc Kielty Friar News

RALEIGH, N.C. — For many years, parish and school staff members of the Catholic Community of St. Francis of Assisi have gathered as a group four times per year for formation and fellowship, and to enhance collaboration among our many ministries. One of these days traditionally revolves around Franciscan spirituality. Speakers and workshops are facilitated by visiting friars or others …

Franciscan Influences: Simplicity, Peace and Joy

Kevin McLaughlin Features

This reflection is part of a series by the Province’s partners-in-ministry. The previous, written by Jolleen Wagner, a Siena college graduate, appeared in the Sept. 8 issue of HNP Today. Here, a staff member of a Buffalo, N.Y., high school founded by the Franciscans describes the impact the friars have had on “his head and heart.” I recently gathered with roughly …

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 …

Siena Grad, Franciscan Friars Fight to ‘Break Ebola’

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

When the Ebola virus began spreading in West Africa, people there turned to a Siena College graduate for assistance. Dr. Joseph Marotta, ‘80, is not a virologist or a public health specialist, but an orthopedic surgeon working in Albany, N.Y., nearly 5,000 miles away from the outbreak. He is also the founder of Medicus Christi, a non-profit organization dedicated to …

FMS’s New Missioners Prepare for Commissioning, January Travel

Bridget Higginbotham Franciscan World

As Catholics around the world marked World Mission Sunday on Oct. 19, a staff member of the Franciscan Mission Service provides an update about the 24-year-old organization’s people and initiatives. WASHINGTON — The Franciscan Mission Service’s 30th class of lay missioners is roughly halfway through its formation for overseas service. Come January, the five — all under the age of …

Franciscan Influences: Guidance and Truth from Friars

Jolleen Wagner Features

This reflection is part of a continuing series by the Province’s partners-in-ministry. The last, written by Greg Licamele, a Mt. Irenaeus Board of Trustees member, appeared in the May 28 issue of HNP Today. Here, a Siena College graduate describes the impact a friar had on her life’s vocation, as well as the role friars played in changing her perspective on life. …

Allegany Sisters Mark Milestones

Jocelyn Thomas Franciscan World

ALLEGANY, N.Y. — It’s been a summer of celebrations for the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. One of the biggest was the 25th anniversary of the founding of the community’s Associate Program. From July 30 to Aug. 5, five sisters from three countries commemorated the anniversary with associates — laypeople who minister with the sisters, supporting their work — from Brazil, …

Franciscan Influences: Guiding a Faith Journey

Greg Licamele Features

This essay is part of a series in which laypeople describe the impact the friars have had on them. The most recent reflection, published in the April 16 issue of HNP Today, was written by a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, N.C. Growing up, I had a very definitive sense of Church. I attended what’s now a basilica and it’s …

Province Bids Farewell to Longtime Staff Member

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

NEW YORK — When the Province’s next administration takes office in June, its term will begin missing a valuable member of the Provincial Office’s staff — Theresa Bartha. Bartha, who has worked in the office for 29 years as executive secretary, is retiring May 31. “For many friars, Terry is the calm, pleasant and helpful voice that answered phone calls, …

Seasonal Reflection: ‘God Gave Me Sisters — And Brothers, Too’

Sr. Vicki Masterpaul, OSF Features

As the 2014 Provincial Chapter approaches, a Franciscan sister reflects with gratitude on the mutually supportive relationship between Holy Name Province and her congregation. She describes the value of stories and of support, thanking God for the enduring bond. When I was about four years old, I was fascinated by the stories told by my favorite aunt, Carmela. She was …