This Month in Provincial History

Rebecca Doel Features

NEW YORK — Below are highlights of notable April events that have taken place around Holy Name Province:

One Year Ago
April 15-18, 2009 — Eight friars represented Holy Name Province at the International Chapter of Mats in Rome, an especially memorable event as it fell during the 800th anniversary of the Order’s founding. Russell Becker, OFM, Brian Belanger, OFM, Thomas Conway, OFM, Francis Di Spigno, OFM, Michael Harlan, OFM, Gary Maciag, OFM, Mark Reamer, OFM, and Brian Smail, OFM, were among nearly 1,800 friar attendees.

April 15, 2009 — Several Holy Name friars, including Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez, OFM, Kevin Mackin, OFM,Lawrence Ford, OFM, and Hugh Hines, OFM, welcomed Archbishop Timothy Dolan to New York City at his installation Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Five Years Ago
April 23, 2005 — St. Francis Springs Prayer Center, directed by Louis Canino, OFM, was formally dedicated in Stoneville, N.C. Background about the center, founded by Louis, was featured in the December 2007 issue of The Anthonian magazine. (The center will host its fifth annual fundraiser on April 17.)

20 Years Ago
April 28, 1990 — Holy Peace Chapel (shown in photo), at Mt. Irenaeus Franciscan Mountain Retreat in Western New York, was dedicated. Also on this day, a testimonial dinner for Mathias Doyle, OFM, was held at nearby St. Bonaventure University at which the former friary — now residence hall — was renamed in his honor. Mathias was president of SBU for 15 years.

45 Years Ago
April 1, 1965 — Juvenal Lalor, OFM, then rector of Christ the King Seminary in Allegany, N.Y., spoke at the first formal session of the Newman Club established at the Bradford, Pa., campus of the University of Pittsburgh. Juvenal’s presentation was on “Commitment to the Common Good — Morality of Modern Man.”

— Compiled by Rebecca Doel