Dear Brothers and Sisters,

This week the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province will be gathering in our triennial chapter at Siena College in Loudonville, NY. “Being Who We Say We Are” has been selected as the theme of this Provincial Chapter. The theme is meant to generate discussion among the friars about our lives, our ministries and about what it means to be a ‘brother,’ not by blood but by vocation and to be in mission, not self-selected but sent. Our Minister General from Rome, Fr. Michael Perry, O.F.M. will join us as, in prayer and reflection, we discern our future together. At this chapter we will elect a new administration to serve the needs of the friars of our province. Toward the end of June, the newly elected provincial, vicar provincial, and their council will meet to discuss personnel changes, including making recommendations to bishops for pastors.

This Sunday we welcome with gratitude Fr. Mike Martin, O.F.M. Conv. and Msgr. Jerry Lewis, who will be celebrating Masses here this week while the friars are at our chapter. Fr. Mike is campus minister at Duke University and a Conventual Franciscan Friar. Msgr. Lewis is the former vicar general of the diocese and the former St. Raphael pastor who helped to found St. Francis of Assisi. Currently, Msgr. Lewis serves as the archivist for the Diocese of Raleigh. He will celebrate daily Mass and also be available for pastoral emergencies. I’m grateful for their priestly assistance while Fr. David, Fr. Bill and I are at our Provincial Chapter.

Please pray for the friars of Holy Name Province that the Holy Spirit may be upon us as we discern the future and elect friars who will serve us to carry out the mandates from our chapter.

Next Sunday, June 8 at 5:30 pm, we will celebrate a baccalaureate liturgy with our high school graduates. I encourage the youth of the class of 2014 from all high schools to join in this celebration by wearing their cap and gown. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

In the peace of Christ,

Fr. Mark