This Month in Provincial History

HNP Communications Features

NEW YORK — Some notable July events that took place around Holy Name Province are listed below:

One Year Ago
July 4, 2008 — St. Bonaventure Parish in Paterson, N.J., where Daniel Grigassy, OFM, is pastor, commemorated its 130th anniversary. The celebration included Mass with the Most Rev. Arthur Seratelli, bishop of Paterson, fireworks and a blessing of a cornerstone near the original that was laid on July 4, 1878.

July 23, 2008 — The Province’s Web site launched Love at Work, its 10-minute video describing the depth and reach of Holy Name’s ministries. The first-ever DVD about the Province was produced by the Development Office under the leadership of the late John Piccione, OFM, in preparation for a capital campaign. (Last month, the video’s producer won an award for the project.)

10 Years Ago
July 1, 1999 — Daniel McLellan, OFM, assumed the post of president of Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. (Today, Daniel serves as pastor and guardian at Immaculate Conception Parish and Duns Scotus Friary in Durham, N.C. The WTU named its current president on June 24, 2009.)

25 Years Ago
July 16, 1984 — Holy Name Mission in Bolovia, the Custody of San Antonio de los Charchas, and the Diocese of Coroico in Bolivia ended their legal dependence on Holy Name Province, when they and 12 other Franciscan entities were amalgamated into the new Missionary Vicariate of St. Anthony in ceremonies held in Cochabama, Bolivia.

History-b50 Years Ago
July 15, 1959 — Twenty-one cleric-novices and one brother at St. Raphael Friary in Lafayette, N.J., professed simple vows in the presence of Provincial Minister Celsus Wheeler, OFM. The ceremony, attended by a large number of friends and relatives, was followed by a luncheon. (This June, five of the friars who professed their first vows that day celebrated their golden jubilees. They are David Bossman, OFM, Louis McCormick, OFM, Michael McDonnell, OFM, Nathanael Necaster, OFM, and Thaddeus Sapio, OFM.)

Shown in the photo above are 22 friars who made their simple profession 50 years ago. Behind, jubilarians David, Louis, Michael, Nathanael and Thaddeus are identified.

— Compiled by Rebecca Doel