Allegany Sisters Go Digital With New Publication

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

ALLEGANY, N.Y. — Friends of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany have a new way to keep informed about the congregation’s activities. The sisters’ communications team launched its first e-newsletter last fall, a publication that has been well received by both members and friends of the community. “We have been looking for ways to make dissemination of information more timely within …

Seasonal Reflection: Human Trafficking Awareness

Jeanne Michaud Features

Following this year’s Super Bowl game, the leader of the Women’s Rights Team within the Social Justice Ministry at St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J., — close to MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, where the game was played — has written on a subject that she believes needs ongoing attention: the elimination of human trafficking, which increases around major …

Virginia Friars Present Francis Medal

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

TRIANGLE, Va. — A long-time employee of St. Francis of Assisi School was recognized last month with the HNP Francis Medal. Ann Zicafoose finished her school career and was given the medal on the same day, Dec. 20. Kevin Downey, OFM, pastor, and Frank Critch, OFM, presented the medal to her at a school Mass on the day she retired, after 10 years. …

Franciscan Influences: Leading and Guiding

Stephanie Ali Features

This essay is part of a series in which lay people describe the impact the friars have had on them. The most recent reflection appeared in the Nov. 20 issue of HNP Today and was written by a staff member of the gift shop at the Province’s parish in Tampa, Fla. Below, a staff member at Create, the Harlem, N.Y., social services program …

Franciscan Missioners Honored with Commissioning Mass

Maria Hayes Franciscan World

WASHINGTON — As the 29th class of Franciscan missioners was recognized during the Commissioning Mass held last month at the Franciscan Monastery, they knew the end of their formation program was the start of a greater journey. During the Nov. 17 Mass, Valerie Ellis, Hady Mendez, and Nate and Mary Mortenson of the Franciscan Mission Service each read personal mission …