Province’s Website, Newsletter Being Enhanced

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

NEW YORK — Next month, HNP.org and HNP Today will be sporting a new look. The Province’s Communications Office staff is overseeing the transfer of the Province’s website from its current content management system, ColdFusion, to WordPress, a popular CMS used by more than 60 million websites. This new platform will make it easier for staff to add and update site content. …

Ministries Share Digital Gospel Message During Lent

Maria Hayes Around the Province

David Convertino, OFM, was a newly ordained priest when a woman came up to him before Mass and asked that in his homily, he give parishioners “something to hold on to that will carry us through the week.” Her comment inspired “Lent in My Pocket,” a booklet containing one thought to reflect on daily throughout Lent and Holy Week. Available as …

New Online Looks for Two Ministries

Maria Hayes Around the Province

Websites are frequently redesigned to optimize a user’s experience, and HNP ministries are no exception. St. Anthony Shrine in Boston and St. Paul’s Parish in Wilmington, Del., have recently reshaped and added new features to their websites to make information more accessible. When Jim McIntosh, OFM, was first assigned to St. Anthony Shrine, Boston, and appointed director of information technology, he found the …

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 …

HNP Today‘s Top Stories of 2013

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

NEW YORK — Throughout 2013, the Church’s and the Order’s leadership changed dramatically following Pope Francis’s election and his appointment of General Minister Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, to the Vatican Curia. The year was also punctuated with meetings among the U.S. OFM provinces, as talks of future collaboration continued. The Provincial newsletter covered these and a wide variety of …

Daily Prayers Go Digital

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

NEW YORK — For the new year, the HNP Development Office has launched a new prayer initiative from a new social networking platform — Instagram, a photo- and video-sharing service. Called “90 Prayers for 90 Days,” this digital “insta-inspiration” is succeeding in both delivering spiritual messages to the faithful and allowing more people to get to know the Franciscans. Like many …