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Easter Greeting from General Minister of Order of Friars Minor

By Jocelyn Thomas For weeks, the world has focused on Rome. Now, Rome is focusing on celebrating Easter. In a letter distributed by the Order this month, General Minister Fr. José Rodríguez Carballo, OFM, spoke about the Year of Faith and the need for people to think of...
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Pope Francis’s Thoughts on Responding to God’s Call – Part 2

The following is the continuation of Pope Francis’s homily during his March 19 inaugural Mass. In it, he speaks of the importance of tenderness in protecting and caring for all people, especially children, the elderly and those in need, as well as creation. Click here for...
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Pope Francis’s Thoughts on Responding to God’s Call – Part 1

The following is the first of two installments of the homily that Pope Francis gave during the March 19 Mass inaugurating his Petrine ministry. Utilizing the image of St. Joseph, he describes how Joseph’s response to his calling to be protector of Mary, Jesus and,...
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HNP Friars React to Selection of Pope Francis

 By Maria Hayes “Habemus Papam! We have a pope!” The cry rose up in St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City on March 13 and was echoed around the Province as white smoke billowed from the Sistine Chapel chimney announcing the conclave had made its decision. Just over an hour...
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Fr. John Felice, OFM: 50 Years a Friar – Part 2

By Wendy Healy The following is Part 2 of an article taken from the Feb. 27, 2013 issue of HNP Today, the Province’s bi-weekly e-newsletter, focusing on Fr. John Felice’s experiences as a friar over the past 50 years. It is part of a series on HNP friars commemorating...
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Fr. John Felice, OFM: 50 Years a Friar – Part 1

By Wendy Healy This is the first installment of an article taken from the Feb. 27, 2013 issue of HNP Today, the Province’s bi-weekly e-newsletter. It is the third in a series of profiles of HNP friars commemorating anniversaries of profession in 2013.  As he prepares to...
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Hope in Troubled Times

By Fr. John Anglin, OFM Recently a woman who is good friend of mine and with whom I have been in regular correspondence wrote to me of the following concern: “I’m worried about the future. There is so much pain, mental illness, family breakdown and loss of faith. We...
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How Do You Bless the Work You Do Today?

By Fr. Mike Johnson, OFM Each day I receive an email contemplation exercise from http://revealedpresence.com/. There is a photo — usually of some incredible nature scene. The photographer has such an amazing eye for drawing out the sublime from what, for me, would be ordinary and...
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Frank Critch Ordained to Priesthood

St. Francis of Assisi Church in northern Virginia was the setting for the priestly ordination of Frank Critch, OFM. Hundreds gathered for the celebration, including family members from Frank’s hometown in Newfoundland, Canada. The former chef and restaurant owner, who joined the...
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Meet Our Postulants

Wilmer Garcia and Junior Joseph have begun their first year of formation in Wilmington, Del. As postulants, the men will discern their calling to friar life by attending workshops and retreats, and visiting ministries throughout the Province. Originally from El Salvador, Wilmer...
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