Reflection: Traveling to the Holy Land

HNP Communications Features

As Pope Francis prepares for his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in May, Robert Lentz, OFM, reflects on a recent peace trip he took to Israel and Palestine with Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, Francis Soucy, OFM, and members of the St. Camillus Church community. It was a Sunday morning and we had been standing in line for 15 minutes, painfully inching our way toward the marble …

Preemptive Peacemaking in Holy Land

Russell Testa Around the Province

As Pope Francis prepares to embark on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Franciscans around the world are being encouraged to help advance peace efforts in Palestine and Israel. Below, the director of the Province’s Office for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation describes what the Province is doing to support this movement. Depending on the given day and the …

Gene Pistacchio Leads Secular Franciscan Retreats

Gene Pistacchio, OFM Friar News

This past spring and fall, I was privileged to offer two weekend retreats for the Secular Franciscan Order. The first, held at Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., for the Our Lady of the Angels Region, included OFS communities in Manhattan, Staten Island, Yonkers, and Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and in North Jersey. The second retreat, held at the …

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

As the world mourned the death of Nelson Mandela, 95, earlier this month, people around the globe expressed their admiration for the South African who, after spending nearly three decades in prison, became his nation’s president and a symbol for peace and reconciliation. For days, the media focused on the impact of the man who inspired millions. Below are comments …