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2013

September

The Record
North Jersey Clergy Welcome Pope Francis' Message
Featured: Fr. Frank Sevola, OFM

The pastor of a New Jersey parish reflects on the pope's message following his historic interview.

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Passaic Valley Today
FDNY Chaplain Father Mychal Judge, Sept. 11 Victims, Survivors Honored at Totowa Cemetery Service
Featured: Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM, and Fr. Stephen DeWitt, OFM

On the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, Fr. Stephen DeWitt, OFM, leads a prayer service at the grave of FDNY Chaplain Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM.

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National Catholic Reporter
North Carolina Bishop Joseph Grossman Dies at 83
Featured: Fr. David McBriar, OFM, and Fr. Mark Reamer, OFM

Two friars remember the goodness of the fourth bishop of Raleigh, N.C.

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The Gazette
Personnel Changes Announced At Assumption Church
Featured: Fr. Julian Jagudilla, OFM, Fr. Michael Jones, OFM, Br. Paul Keenan, OFM, Fr. Francis Kim, OFM, and Fr. Richard Mucowski, OFM

Assumption Parish in Wood-Ridge, N.J., says goodbye to several friars and welcomes new faces in the community.

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August

The Washington Post
D.C.'s 'International Communities' Put Strangers in a House Joined by Core Values
Featured: Fr. Joseph Nangle, OFM

The Assisi House, a community that Fr. Joseph Nangle, OFM, helped found in 1986, is highlighted for its commitment to living out Jesus's call for peace and justice.

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The Daily Journal
Friar From Millville Celebrates 25 Years
Featured: Fr. Barry Langley, OFM

One of the 2013 jubilarians describes why he enjoys being a Franciscan and a member of Holy Name Province.

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National Catholic Register
Mission Accomplished: Iwo Jima Veteran Who Became a Franciscan Missionary Comes Home
Featured: Fr. Bede Fitzpatrick, OFM

At the age of 91, Fr. Bede Fitzpatrick, OFM, who served in Japan as a missionary for 55 years, returns to the United States to retire.

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Potomac Local News
St. Francis of Assisi Showing Film on Human Trafficking
Featured: Fr. Kevin Downey, OFM

The pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish discusses the community's efforts to eliminating human trafficking in Virginia and around the world.

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The Herald Sun
Ocampo Honored During Sunday Vigil
Featured: Fr. William McIntyre, OFM

Fr. William McIntyre, OFM, leads a prayer vigil for Jose Adan Cruz Ocampo, who was shot and killed by police on July 27.

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Catholic News Agency
Friar Lauds Indulgence as a Way to Connect With St. Francis
Featured: Fr. David Convertino, OFM

On the feast of the Portiuncula, Fr. David Convertino, OFM, speaks about why the feast and its indulgence provides time to focus on the importance of Mary and the Franciscan tradition in the Catholic Church.

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Catholic News Service
Civil Rights Anniversary Ties to Dialogue on Race Post-Trayvon
Featured: Fr. Paul Williams, OFM

As the nation prepares to recognize the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, the Catholic world is in dialogue about racism, profiling and other unresolved issues.

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July

The Philadelphia Inquirer
New Camden Force: Just Right, Not Enough, Too Much
Featured: Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM

Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM, pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Camden, N.J., shares his thoughts about Camden County's new police force three months after the officers began their assignments.

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CBS Philly
Priest Carjacked In Front Of Wilmington Church
Featured: Fr. Todd Carpenter, OFM, and Fr. Paul Williams, OFM

Two friars express their disappointment with recent crime trends in the Wilmington, Del., community after one of them is robbed at gunpoint.

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The News Journal
Arrest Made in Priest's Carjacking in Wilmington
Featured: Fr. Paul Williams, OFM

After being carjacked outside of St. Paul Church, Fr. Paul Williams shares his experience with local news media.

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Anderson Independent Mail
Steady Growth Has Two Catholic Churches in Expansion Mode
Featured: Fr. Daniel McLellan, OFM

In an era where the Catholic population decreasing on a national level, St. Andrew Parish in Clemson, S.C. — where Fr. Daniel McLellan, OFM, is pastor — has a growing community.

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The Catholic Miscellany
Brother Henry Fulmer Celebrates 25 Years as a Franciscan
Featured: Rev. Br. Henry Fulmer, OFM

Rev. Br. Henry Fulmer, OFM, talks about his calling to the Franciscans and what he thinks is the best part of being a member of Holy Name Province.

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Olean Times Herald
Lots of New Features for Annual Bonafest
Featured: Fr. James Vacco, OFM

There are a lot of new additions to St. Bonaventure Parish's annual Bonafest event, including T-shirts bearing the face of pastor Fr. James Vacco, OFM.

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U.S. Catholic
Environment Advocates Consider Obama Climate Plan a Good Step Forward
Featured: Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM

Fr. Jacek Orzechowski discusses a recent speech about climate change given by U.S. President Barack Obama.

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June

Courier-Post
Students Aid in Shining Light on Camden Park
Featured: Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM

A year and a half after a local park in Camden, N.J., was dubbed "the Nation's Most Depressing Park," students from St. Anthony of Padua Parish are working to make the area a safer and more enjoyable place for members of the community.

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Daily Record
Town Briefs - Rev. Bernard Creighton Celebrates Jubilee
Featured: Fr. Bernard Creighton, OFM

Fr. Bernard Creighton, OFM, celebrates his 50th anniversary of profession.

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Catholic News Herald
St. Francis Springs' Director Marks 50th Anniversary as Franciscan
Featured: Fr. Louis Canino, OFM

After half a century serving in a variety of ministry, Fr. Louis Canino, OFM, is celebrating 50 years as a Franciscan friar.

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May

National Catholic Reporter
Interfaith Group Stresses Faith's Role in Climate Politics
Featured: Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM

As the national debate over climate change continues, Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, discusses the importance of a faith leader's responsibility to inject into the political process the moral and spiritual dimensions of climate change.

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America Magazine
The Unspeakable: The Boston Marathon and the Beginning of Christian hope
Featured: Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM

Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, shares his experience of the Boston bombings and how it relates to Thomas Merton's term, 'Unspeakable.'

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April

America Magazine
What's in a Name?: The Significance and Challenge of St. Francis for Pope Francis
Featured: Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM

Columnist Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, explores the implications of Pope Francis's choice of name in this article from America Magazine.

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Catholic News Herald
San Damiano Chapel Dedicated at Retreat Center
Featured: Fr. Louis Canino, OFM

More than 300 people gather at St. Francis Springs Prayer Center in Stoneville, N.C., to celebrate the dedication of its new chapel.

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The Bona Venture
Father Bob Ends Extraordinary Journey at St. Bonaventure
Featured: Fr. Robert Struzynski, OFM

St. Bonaventure University's campus newspaper pays tribute to Fr. Bob Struzynski, OFM, who retires this May.

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The Catholic Review
St. Mary’s Seminary Remembers Victims of the Holocaust
Featured: Fr. Daniel Grigassy, OFM

As the Roland Park community remembers Holocaust victims, Fr. Daniel Grigassy, OFM, stresses the importance of knowing the names and stories of those who were killed.

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The Catholic Miscellany
Farewell to Father Paul Williams As He Begins New Chapter
Featured: Fr. Paul Williams, OFM

The diocese of Charleston honors Fr. Paul Williams, OFM, for his 26 years of service in South Carolina.

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Western New York Catholic
Buffalo Parish Issues Passport for Journey of Year of Faith
Featured: Fr. Steven Pavignano, OFM

Fr. Steven Pavignano, OFM, pastor of St. Clare Parish in Buffalo, N.Y., describes how his community created their own way to mark the Year of Faith.

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The Tablet
Hope Amid Questions About Terror in Boston
Featured: Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM

Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM, describes his reaction to the scene at the finish line of the Boston marathon and his hopes for the event's future.

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The New York Times
War Zone at Mile 26: ‘So Many People Without Legs’
Featured: Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM

Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM, was one block away from the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off.

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WABC-TV
Transit Increases Security After Boston Bombings
Featured: Fr. Brian Cullinane, OFM

Fr. Brian Cullinane, OFM, remarks on the explosions at the Boston marathon during his trip back to the city.

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The Evangellist
Taize Members Visit Siena
Featured: Fr. Kenneth Paulli, OFM

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, Siena College invited Taize members to hold a prayer service on campus.

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March

Greenville Online
Upstate Catholic Churches Enjoying Membership Boom
Featured: Fr. Patrick Tuttle, OFM

In just nine years, the population of St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Greenville, S.C., increased by 150 percent. Fr. Patrick Tuttle explains why he thinks parishioners are attracted to the Catholic community.

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Mid-Hudson Times
Pope Francis
Featured: Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM

Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM, expresses his hopes for the new pope, especially those relating to social justice issues.

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The Huffington Post
Pope Francis on Power, the Poor, and All Creation
Featured: Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM

Fr. Daniel Horan shares his thoughts on the homily Pope Francis gave during his inaugural Mass.

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Catholic News Service
Jesuits, Franciscans Joyfully Embrace New Pope
Featured: Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, and Fr. John O'Connor, OFM

Provincial Minister Fr. John O'Connor, OFM, and Provincial Vicar Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, share their thoughts on the election of Pope Francis and his choice of name.

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90.9 WBUR
At St. Anthony Shrine, New Pope Brings Renewed Calls For Change
Featured: Fr. Richard Flaherty, OFM

Fr. Richard Flaherty, OFM, shares his excitement after hearing the news about the election of the first pope from Latin America.

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Boston Herald
Pope Lays Foundation in Name
Featured: Fr. David Convertino, OFM

What are you expecting from the new pope? Fr. David Convertino, OFM, is anticipating that Pope Francis will reach out to the marginalized.

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InsideNova
Area Catholics Hopeful After Appointment of Pope Francis
Featured: Fr. Kevin Downey, OFM

Fr. Kevin Downey, OFM, pastor of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Triangle, Va., hopes that Pope Francis will help rebuild the Church.

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Olean Times Herald
Local Leaders Herald Selection of Pope Francis
Featured: Fr. Francis DiSpigno, OFM, and Fr. James Vacco, OFM

Two friars stationed in Western New York share their opinion of the new pontiff.

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The Daily Beast
The Pope Francis' Homeless Fans
Featured: Fr. Paul Lostritto, OFM

Every morning since the Great Depression, through Vatican II and the reigns of seven popes, the friars of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in New York City have served the poor and the homeless with a breadline. After Pope Francis chooses the name of the parish's patron saint, Franciscan friars react to the new pontiff.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Area Catholics Rejoice for New Pope
Featured: Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM

The Latino community in Pennsylvania and New Jersey react to the selection of an Argentinian pope.

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Western New York Catholic
Catholic, World Leaders React to Pope Francis
Featured: Fr. Francis DiSpigno, OFM

Fr. Francis DiSpigno, OFM, and other Catholic religious leaders in the Western New York community share their thoughts about the new pontiff.

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WKBW Channel 7
St. Bonaventure University Thrilled With Pope's NAme
Featured: Br. F. Edward Coughlin, OFM, Fr. John C. Coughlin, OFM, and Fr. Francis DiSpigno, OFM,

The St. Bonaventure University community is "ecstatic" that Pope Francis named himself after St. Francis of Assisi.

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Bayside-Douglaston Patch
FDNY Chaplain Praises Pope Pick
Featured: Fr. Christopher Keenan, OFM

Fr. Christopher Keenan, OFM, describes Pope Francis's passion for justice and the poor

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Forest Hills Patch
New Pope Gets Reaction in Forest Hills
Featured: Fr. Christopher Keenan, OFM

Fr. Christopher Keenan, OFM, remarks on the papcy moving from Europe to the west.

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FOX News
How Will Pope Francis Be a 'Reformer'?
Featured: Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM

Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, joins a panel discussion to talk about what the Catholic Church might expect from the new pope.

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Hartford Courant
New Pope, New Hope for Local Catholics
Featured: Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OFM

Pope Francis's first three actions were very significant, according to Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OFM.

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SFC Today
Pope Francis is the New Leader of the Catholic Church
Featured: Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM

Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM, expresses his delight that Pope Francis chose a Franciscan saint for his papal name.

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WFLA
Who Will Be the Next Pope? No Word Yet, But 115 Options
Featured: Fr. George Corrigan, OFM

Fr. George Corrigan, OFM, joins in the rest of the Catholic world in speculating over candidates for the papacy.

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WYFF
Catholics, Non-Catholics Await Papal Decision
Featured: Fr. Patrick Tuttle, OFM

Fr. Patrick Tuttle, OFM, says both Catholics and non-Catholics have a reason to be concerned about who is chosen to lead the Church.

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Downtown Hartford
Emotions Running High Before Holy Week in Hartford Archdiocese
Featured: Fr. Thomas Gallagher, OFM, and Fr. John Leonard, OFM

The community at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Parish in Hartford, Conn., shares its hopes for the new pope.

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Poughkeepsie Journal
Clergy, Laity Ponder Next Pontiff
Featured: Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM

Will the next pope be an American? Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM, says it's a possibility.

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NY1
City Catholics Understanding of Pope's Historic Resignation
Featured: Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM

Fr. Brian Jordan, OFM, wasn't surprised by Pope Benedict XVI's decision to retire.

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WBEN
Choosing a New Pope
Featured: Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM

Fr. Dominic Monti, OFM, answers questions about the papal conclave.

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February

The Philadelphia Inquirer
Fighting Camden Poverty Through Youth Empowerment
Featured: Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM

The friars of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Camden, N.J., are among religious leaders there who are fighting poverty by empowering their youth.

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The Washington Post
Group Prays on Capitol Hill in Support of Immigration Reform
Featured: Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM

Parishioners from St. Camillus Church in Silver Spring, Md., join the Franciscan Action Network for an Ash Wednesday service on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Judiciary Committee begins hearings on proposals for comprehensive immigration reform. Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM, is among faith leaders calling for compassionate reform.

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Poughkeepsie Journal
Local Catholic Clergy Guess About Pope's Retirement Plans
Featured: Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM

What will the pope do when he retires? Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM, speculates that Pope Benedict XVI will return to his scholarly roots.

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The Huffington Post
What Church Law Says About Papal Resignations
Featured: Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM

Does a pope have to die to leave office? Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM, answers some common questions asked in the wake of Pope Benedict XVI's resignation.

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The Red and Black
Local Churches Remain Faithful Despite Papal Resignation
Featured: Fr. Thomas Vigliotta, OFM

As the Church prepares for the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI and the selection of a new pope, Fr. Thomas Vigliotta, OFM, reassures us that local Catholic churches will see little change.

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The Beacon
In Pastoral Visit to Pompton Lakes Parish, Bishop Celebrates Mass, Baptizes Infants, Blesses Throats
Featured: Fr. Frank Sevola, OFM

Fr. Frank Sevola, OFM, and Bishop Arthur Serratelli mark the feast of St. Blaise with the blessing of throats at St. Mary's Church in Pompton Lakes, N.J.

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January

National Catholic Reporter
Prophetic Words From a Prophet For Our Time
Featured: Fr. Joseph Nangle, OFM

Calling on the Church to be an advocate of justice for all, Fr. Joseph Nangle, OFM, preaches at the Province's Mass for Martin Luther King Jr. at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston.

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National Catholic Reporter
Student Task Force Transforms New Jersey Park With Franciscan's Help
Featured: Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM

In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, members of the Student Leaders' Von Nieda Park Task Force led a day of community organizing with help from the Franciscans at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Camden, N.J., including Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM.

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Boston Globe
Faithful remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s Message
Featured: Fr. Joseph Nangle, OFM

During the Province's annual Mass celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., Fr. Joseph Nangle, OFM, challenges all people to call upon President Barack Obama to confront issues of poverty, war abroad, and violence at home.

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Catholic News Agency
Franciscans' Prayer Request Texts Met With Enthusiasm
Featured: Fr. David Convertino, OFM

Fr. David Convertino, OFM, talks about the public's response to the Office of Development's "Text a Prayer Intention to a Franciscan Friar" initiative.

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Boston.com
St. Anthony Shrine to Hold Mass in Honor of Martin Luther King
Featured: Fr. James Kelly, OFM and Fr. Joseph Nangle, OFM

The Province and St. Anthony Shrine invite members of the public to attend its annual Mass celebrated in honor of the slain civil rights leader.

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Reuters
U.S. Franciscan Friars Go Digital, Accept Prayer Requests Via Text
Featured: Fr. David Convertino, OFM

If the pope can tweet, friars can text. Fr. David Convertino announces Holy Name Province's new "Text a Prayer Intention to a Franciscan Friar" initiative.

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America Magazine
A Franciscan Responds to The New Yorker
Featured: Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM

After substantive article on St. Francis of Assisi appeared in The New Yorker, America Magazine asked Fr. Daniel Horan to provide his own meditation on the article and the saint.

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The Philadelphia Inquirer
Three Kings Day Brings Delight to Latino Community in Camden
Featured: Br. Juan Turcios, OFM, and Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM

As St. Anthony of Padua parish in Camden, N.J., celebrates the epiphany, Br. Juan Turcios, OFM, and Fr. Jud Weiksnar, OFM, remind us that we are called to bring our gifts to the Lord and to share them with one another.

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Hudson Valley Press
The Mount Awards Nursing Pins to 31 Students
Featured: Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM

Fr. Kevin Mackin, OFM, president of Mount St. Mary College in Newburgh, N.Y., gives an invocation and blesses the pins of graduates of the college's nursing program.

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