Volume 13, Issue 1

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Brothers' Briefs

The following nine paragraphs are from recent provincial newsletters provided by www.franciscan.org.

In the recent restructuring of Franciscans International, Fr.
John Quigley was appointed director of the FI office in Switzerland. John has chaired the Franciscans International UN Human Rights Commission Delegation in Geneva since 1997.

Bill Ollendick's ordination to the priesthood is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at St. Clement's in Cincinnati, with Bishop Carl K. Moeddel officiating. "The time is moving fast now!" Bill writes.

Dan Barrett gave a reflection on the abiding presence of the Lord in our lives in trying times during a Memorial Prayer Service Feb. 18 at North Catholic Cemetery in Pittsburgh, where friars of the former vice province are buried. Representing Holy Family Friary, Fr. Matthew Brozovic was one of about 125 people in attendance.

Fred Link, provincial minister of SJB Province, has been appointed to the Administrative Council for the Jubilee Fund for Formation and Evangelization for the Order. The new group's first meeting was March 30-31 in London.

"I think I pleasantly surprised them when I broke into a song early on," Fr.
Al Hirt says of his one-time preaching appearance at Progressive Baptist Church in Avondale on Feb. 18. As part of a program sponsored by the National Conference for Community and Justice, which works toward inter-religious understanding and racial reconciliation, Al traded pulpits with the Rev. Carlton Threatts in Cincinnati. "Having spent 13 years in African-American parishes, it was an easy environment to feel comfortable in," Al says. "I just think it's a worthwhile exchange to focus on the things we have in common rather than focus on the things that divide us from church to church."

The renovated chapel at Mt. Airy re-opened Palm Sunday to a packed house--200 people--and rave reviews. "Everybody loved it," says Bro. Vince Delorenzo, "the brightness, the fresh look of the paint, the new restroom in the back. A big thing is having the handicap ramp. People are real appreciative of that." The ceremony began outside Shrine Hall (where friars had been holding Mass while the work progressed) with the blessing of palms. Worshipers proceeded to the chapel and were welcomed inside when the ribbon-bedecked doors were flung wide from inside by Bro. Scott Obrecht. In his homily, Fr. Fred Link brought in how Jesus came for everybody, and how the chapel would be accessible to everybody because of the handicap ramp.

Larry Dunham of Our Lady of Guadalupe Province was elected vice president of the Franciscan English Speaking Conference.  In addition to the provincials from the United States, the leaders of the provinces of Canada, England, Ireland, Malta and Australia also participate in the ESC.

Pat McCloskey was recently asked to serve as translator-secretary at the Plenary Council of the Order, to take place in Guadalajara, Mexico, from Nov. 5-17.

When he recuperates from knee replacement surgery scheduled for June 6 in Cincinnati, Fr.
Joe Nelson will be moving on. After almost four years of service with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, Joe plans to return to the Southwest to pursue a different kind of Hispanic ministry. "Since our chapter we've been talking about new ventures," says Joe, one of several friars serving on a blue-ribbon committee formed by his province, Our Lady of Guadalupe. "One thing we've looked at is having a house on the border, especially for vocations." They've also discussed serving Hispanics in prison, working with immigrants

or helping parishes with adult education. "I felt I brought Su Casa as far as I could, as far as I wanted to," says Joe, who helped inaugurate the center for Hispanic ministry at the former St. Charles Borromeo Parish in Carthage.  "Also, the province wanted me to come back. I'm very happy with the decision."

More briefs…

Donald Lachowicz
organized a 20-year reunion last year for the SFS class of '80:  Our "Reunion 2000" went very well this past summer.  A nice turnout of guys from both our class and the several surrounding classes with whom we grew up at the seminary.  We had morning prayer in the chapel, toured the newly renovated halls and apartment wings, and even snuck up into the bell tower for a bird's eye view of our former home.  A fun time was had by all!
Bro. Donald Lachowicz
Class of 1980

By the way, Bro. Donald recently completed electrical training at Vatterott College, which qualifies him to do major electrical wiring.  He adds this to the other skills he applies in his new ministry at the Franciscan Connection, in Missouri, where he ministers to spiritual needs as well as material needs of the underprivileged (like plumbing, cleaning out clogged rain gutters, weatherproofing, painting, and minor construction).  Way to go, Bro!

Tim Lacey sent this letter to the FAA:
Just received and read the Alumni Newsletter.  I appreciate the hard work that everyone puts into it--as well as the great memories they contain.  The piece on the CD liner notes was great.  I can still see Fr. Aubert standing on that wooden box, pounding on the green roll-around organ for glee club practice. Sign me up for Picnic Day 2001.  Keep up the great job!  Peace to you and yours,
Tim Lacey '77

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