This Month in Provincial History

Rebecca Doel Features

NEW YORK — Some notable September events that took place around Holy Name Province:

One Year Ago
Sept. 3, 2008 — The Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C., commenced its 40th academic year with a welcome Mass celebrated by then-president Fr. John Burkhard, OFM Conv., and attended by Holy Name friars including Gregory Jakubowicz, OFM, Francis Di Spigno, OFM, and Vincent Cushing, OFM. The liturgy was followed by a community cookout.

Sept. 28, 2008 — All Saints Church on East 129th Street in New York City installed its first Franciscan pastor, Steven Pavignano, OFM. Steven had previously served in the South and St. Patrick-St. Anthony in Hartford, Conn. The Province assumed leadership of the parish, established in 1879, in 2002 when Neil O’Connell, OFM, took over as administrator.

Five Years Ago
Sept. 12, 2004 — The Fr. Mychal Judge Center for Recovery at St. Anthony Shrine was dedicated in Boston, Mass. The dedication was the culmination of a week of remembrance of the tragic attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, when Mychal Judge, OFM, died ministering to firefighters at the World Trade Center. Barbara Inderlin, the center’s director, said, “We will be able to point to Fr. Mychal’s courage, bravery, strength and many years of recovery to all those who come to the program seeking services and support.”

10 Years Ago
Sept. 16, 1999 — Hurricane Floyd made its presence felt in several of the Province’s New Jersey friaries and parishes, particularly Our Lady of Holy Angels in Little Falls. All five parish buildings suffered damage but were repaired quickly.

45 Years Ago
Sept. 12, 1964 — Finian Kerwin, OFM, and Emmet Murphy, OFM, escorted Cardinal Juan Landazuri Ricketts, OFM, archbishop of Lima, Peru, to the World’s Fair in New York City (shown in photo). They arrived at the grounds by car and went by foot to the Vatican Pavilion. The three enjoyed a private tour, led by director Msgr. John Gorman and assistant Fr. Joseph Leahy, after which they relaxed in the quarters reserved for distinguished guests, according to The Provincial Annals.

50 Years Ago
Sept. 20, 1959 — The steady schedule at St. Raphael Friary in Lafayette, N.J., was interrupted when more than 190 guests came on the first visiting day of the year. Among the visitors was Bernardine Kohn, OFM, who knew many novices from their days at St. Joseph’s Seraphic Seminary in Callicoon, N.Y.

— Compiled by Rebecca Doel