This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Notable events for the month of February include:

One Year Ago
Feb. 17, 2016 – Student friars at Holy Name College held a multicultural evening of prayer and reflection on issues facing immigrants and refugees. The prayer service was held at the same time as Pope Francis’s historic Mass at the border of Mexico and the United States during his trip to Ciudad Juárez. (Earlier this month, friars joined student-led demonstrations at St. Bonaventure University and Siena College to protest the travel ban implemented by President Donald Trump in January.)

Five Years Ago
Feb. 19, 2012 – The friars celebrated their final Mass at St. Mary Church in Providence, R.I., marking the conclusion of nearly six decades of ministry in the city.

Feb. 26, 2012 – St. Anthony of Padua School in Greenville, S.C., broke ground on its new school building. The structure that was replaced was 55 years old and crumbling. The new school, completed in 2013, has enhanced the lives of St. Anthony students.

15 Years Ago
Feb. 21, 2002 – The 10th anniversary of the Franciscan Center on the Mall in Wilmington, Del., was observed with a rededication rite led by Provincial Minister John Felice, OFM.

20 Years Ago
Feb. 12, 1997 – St. Anthony Shrine began the golden jubilee celebration of the founding of its ministry.

25 Years Ago
Feb. 21, 1992 – The new Franciscan Center was dedicated in Wilmington, Del. Located at 833 Market St., the center was described as “a place for tranquility for workers in Wilmington’s downtown area,” according to an article from The Dialog. The center provided spiritual and community-based support services.

Feb. 29, 1992 – The Marcelle Athletic Complex was formally dedicated at Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y.

Maria Hayes is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.

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