Virginia Parish Asks ‘Now What?’

Lisa Ostendorf Around the Province

Through the years, HNP Today has featured creative and unusual programs being offered at the Province’s ministries. The report below, written by a parish staff member, is about a new initiative meant to energize the spiritual life of participants. This “Now What” campaign was launched in January and, as the St. Francis of Assisi Parish bulletin said, it is “a …

Virginia Parish Garners Media Attention for Varied Initiatives

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

TRIANGLE, Va. — Over the last year, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in northern Virginia has received attention from several news publications for its people and its programs. Diverse media outlets — such as National Catholic Register, Arlington Catholic Herald, Patch and The Washington Post — have written about the parish’s social justice work, emphasis on faith formation, focus on the …

Seasonal Reflection: Respect Life Month

Joseph Nangle, OFM Features

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated October as a time to pray for respect for all human life. Below a friar who is speaking about the “Consistent Ethic of Life” on Oct. 25 and 26 at St. Francis Church in Triangle, Va., encourages us to examine the way our actions — and the actions of our country — …

Francis Medal Presented to Five in Virginia

Maria Hayes Around the Province

TRIANGLE, Va. — Earlier this month, Frank Critch, OFM, presented the Francis Medal to five members of St. Francis of Assisi Parish recognized the work they have done during the past two years to help the parish receive a GreenFaith Certification, the first in the state of Virginia. The GreenFaith Certification Program is an 18-month comprehensive environmental education and training program that trains …

Sky the Limit for Earth Day Activities

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

Nearly 35 years after St. Francis was named the patron saint of ecology, his followers are calling for greater care for creation. Many ministries used Earth Day on April 22 to educate about the effect that even a small change can have on the environment. In Virginia, county, state and federal officials joined friars and partners-in-ministry at St. Francis of …

Ministries Offer Varied Lenten Services, Programs

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

The Lenten season is rich with spiritual events at ministries around the Province. On March 14, St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Va., began its Franciscan Lenten Reflection Series with Joseph Nangle, OFM, and Vincent Cushing, OFM. In the morning session, Joe provided a historical perspective on the work of Pope Francis in the Latin American Church, according to John Habel, …

Employment Opportunity in Virginia

Maria Hayes Around the Province

The Provincial Office has become aware recently of a job opportunity at one of its ministries. St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Va., is searching for a full-time assistant coordinator of religious education. The ideal candidate will have the knowledge and experience to oversee a comprehensive sacramental preparation program that includes first reconciliation, first Communion, confirmation, RCIC and RCIA. …

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. …