HNP Today newsletter
February 15, 2012
Below are updates about some of the many activities of Holy Name friars, including their celebrations, presentations and ministry events. More information can be obtained by visiting links to the parishes and organizations mentioned, by contacting the friars by phone or email and by connecting with the Communications Office.
To provide news briefs for future issues of HNP Today, email information to communications director Jocelyn Thomas.
Last night, F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, St. Bonaventure University’s vice president for Franciscan mission, gave a plenary talk in the John J. Murphy Professional Building, open to the entire campus community. In his Feb. 14 plenary, “Thisness — Human Dignity,” Ed discussed the relevance of “thisness” and right relationship in the 21st century by citing examples from movies such as “The Help” and “Harold and Maude,” showing students how they can apply Franciscan values to their modern lives, according to an announcement on SBU’s website. The presentation explored one of the central threads that ties together the Clare College curriculum and seeks to demonstrate its importance to the education and formation of Bonaventure students.
Christopher Dunn, OFM, has been awarded a distinguished service bar for participating as chaplain with the Urban Search and Rescue-PERU mission to Santa Cruz, Bolivia, for six days where an eight-story building collapsed in January 2011. “There were rescue teams from France, Chile, Peru and Mexico — and two specialists from Argentina present — and, of course teams from Bolivia,” Christopher said. “There was a total of 15 dead — most very young construction workers. I would like to thank USAR-PERU for letting me be part of the support personnel for their activities. I would also like to thank the 11 members of the team that traveled to Santa Cruz for their efforts and especially for teaching me by their example. The distinguished service was an effort of all the team. I also thank the Provincial administration for permitting me to participate in the fire chaplain service and the local friars for covering for me during my absence.”
Friars will be receiving information from Provincial Secretary Michael Harlan, OFM, on the Province’s upcoming spring fraternal gatherings. The deadline for friars to register for the three-day gatherings is Feb. 17.
Franciscan Media released a brief promotional video about Dating God last week. Author Daniel Horan, OFM, who spoke last weekend in Florida, said that a longer video interview will be released in the future. On Saturday, Dan will be at his alma mater, St. Bonaventure University, signing copies of his book.
Stephen Mimnaugh, OFM, is coordinating a day of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in New York City. Those who are interested in being part of a Feb. 18 team rehabilitating a building should contact Stephen. Details about this project are available in the parish bulletin.
Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, gave a public lecture on the spirituality of St Francis the evening of Feb. 1 at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. The talk was sponsored by Furman’s Catholic Campus Ministry, for which Patrick Tuttle, OFM, is chaplain. Dominic also met with the African-American community of St. Anthony of Padua Parish on Feb. 2. While in upstate South Carolina, he visited the campus ministry at Clemson University, where John McDowell, OFM, serves, as well as the friars of the two Franciscan-staffed parishes in Anderson and the Poor Clare monastery in Greenville. On Feb. 3, Dominic flew to Chicago for a focus group on the future of the Franciscan Institute. While there, he visited the Interprovincial Novitiate in Burlington, Wis.
Khoa Nguyen, OFM, is mentioned in the Feb. 3 issue of SJB News Notes, the newsletter of St. John the Baptist Province. The article describes Khoa’s background and his new role at Sacred Heart Parish in Dayton, Ohio.
Emmet Murphy, OFM, represented the Catholic Community of St. Francis at the Martin Luther King Breakfast in Raleigh, N.C. Roughly 2,000 people attended the Jan. 16 event, he said, including Governor Beverly Perdue and Bishop Michael Burbidge.
Russel Murray, OFM, is helping to organize an interprovincial gathering in June for the friars of Holy Name and Immaculate Conception provinces. It will be held June 27 at Mt. Alvernia Retreat Center in Wappingers Falls, N.Y. This event will focus on the contemplative dimension of Franciscan life. A brochure with details is being prepared by Russel and the program’s co-chair, Fr. André Cirino, OFM.
Provincial Minister John O’Connor, OFM, returned to New York today after participating in a meeting of the Washington Theological Union’s board of directors. On Feb. 19, he will celebrate a farewell Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Providence, R.I.
Steven Patti, OFM, reports that an article about the Franciscans appeared in the Feb. 12 issue of the Providence Journal. Last week, he welcomed the new pastor of St. Mary’s Church, from which the friars are withdrawing this month.
Andrew Reitz, OFM, is leading a weekly Lent program for young adults in their 20s and 30s. It is scheduled for Feb. 27 to March 6 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in New York City, where he is pastor.
Daniel Riley, OFM, reminds friars that the deadline to register for the Mt. Irenaeus Contemplative Days has been extended to March. Those seeking information about the June 11 to 14 gathering or lodging should contact Dan or another friar at the Franciscan Mountain Retreat by calling 716-375-2096.
Patrick Sieber, OFM, participated in a gathering on Jan. 16 in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. “This year, a group of concerned people gathered at the gates of the world’s largest weapons maker, Lockheed Martin, in King of Prussia, Pa. We asked if we could hold a peaceful prayer service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King on the front steps of the plant. Honoring King’s legacy of non-violence, we wanted to read a list of names of those innocents who were killed or maimed by weapons of mass destruction. Lockheed is the primary maker of the ‘Killer Drones’ — unmanned aerial vehicles. Thousands of women and children were killed by these attacks in the last decade. We also mentioned a Right to Life concern. The officials of the plant refused to let us have our prayer service. After a few moments of peaceful confrontation, eight of us were taken away. A trial is pending.”
Vocation director Brian Smail, OFM, is traveling to Siena College, outside Albany, next week to celebrate Masses on Feb. 26. He said he is busy planning upcoming vocation events scheduled in Boston, New York and Raleigh, N.C.
Patrick Tuttle, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Greenville, S.C., invites all to the groundbreaking of a new building for the more than 60-year-old St. Anthony Elementary School. It is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Feb. 26. “We hope to build and complete this project in one year,” Patrick said.
Basil Valente, OFM, director of the integrated marketing communications program at St. Bonaventure University, welcomed high school students to the Western New York campus last week as part of the university’s Scholars Day. Many of the participants were interested in the school’s journalism and mass communications program.
News for the next issue of HNP Today is requested by Feb. 22 (always the Wednesday before the newsletter’s publication date). Updates about the friars and their ministries can be found on the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province Facebook page, which has more than 950 followers.
Topics planned for future issues of this newsletter include:
· Farewell Mass at St. Mary’s Church in Providence, R.I.
· Francis Pompei, OFM, and the Franciscan Mystery Players
· Jubilarian profiles of Donald Chin, OFM, Joseph Ehrhardt, OFM, Bonaventure Hayes, OFM, and other friars marking 50 years of profession in 2012
· Plans for the celebration of the 40th anniversary of St. Francis Community Center in Brant Beach, N.J.
— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas