FRANCISCAN FRIARS Office of Communications Province of St. John the Baptist

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January 04, 2018

2017

A year in the life of SJB Province

BY MARK SOEHNER, OFM

January

1:  Death of Ted Hattrup

5-8:  Forty friars attend Franciscan InterSession, an All Formation Gathering in Chicago.

5:  Memorial service held for Rock Travnikar in Tampa, Fla.

9-13: Interprovincial Retreat in Scottsdale, Ariz.

14-15:  Announcement made at weekend Masses that Holy Family Parish would be returned to the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Texas.

16-19:  Provincial Council meets in Galveston.

25:  General Visitor Caoimhin Ó Laoide arrives to begin Visitation.

28:  Senior of the Province, Valens Waldschmidt, dies at age 96.

February

1:  U.S. Franciscan Provinces and U.S. Catholic Bishops speak out against the Executive Order addressing immigrant and refugee admission.

6-10:  Interprovincial Retreat in Winter Park, Fla.

11-12:  Announcement made at weekend Masses that St. Paul the Apostle would be returned to the Diocese of Lafayette, La.

17-19:   Come & See Weekend at St. Anthony Friary in Cincinnati welcomes four prospectives.

17:  Pope Francis receives a copy of St. Anthony Messenger with his friend, Rabbi Abraham Skorka, on the cover.

28:  Results of 2nd Straw Vote, not yet public, are sent to General Curia.

28:  St. Anthony Quad Beer Party and Franciscan Mission Fundraiser, Cincinnati

March

8-10:  Provincial Council meets in Cincinnati.

11:  Provincial Council hosts workshop for Sponsored Ministry Boards in Cincinnati.

18:  In Chicago, Duns Scotus Chair sponsors Bill Short, OFM, on Pope Leo X’s Ite Vos 500th anniversary; 2017 is the 20th anniversary of the Chair’s endowment by the Province.

21-23:  Senior Friendly Retreat with Sr. Madonna Hoying, SFP, Cincinnati

24-25:  Formation Council meets in Chicago.

24:  Death of Simeon Cleves

31:  Jeff Scheeler, Dan Anderson and Caoimhin Ó Laoide leave for Dublin, Ireland, and the ESC Provincials meeting (ends April 9).

April

1: 100th season of St. John Passion Play opens in Cincinnati, produced by friars for the first 50 years.

3:  Cincinnati Friars march in Reds Opening Day Parade.

6-7:  Cardinal Joseph Tobin speaks at CTU in Chicago on Religious Priesthood.

6-8:  Ite Nuntiate Meeting in Chicago explores “new forms” of fraternities; attended by Mark Soehner and Richard Goodin.

12:  Eric Seguin and John Boissy renew vows in Chicago.

17:  Al Edmunds receives Francis Medal from friars in Berkley, Mich.

23:  Death of Xavier Gedeon

27:  Su Casa Hispanic Center honors co-founder Joe Nelson (OLG Province) at 20th annual banquet in Cincinnati.

28:  At Friars Club Community Dinner in Cincinnati, Mike Besl and Annie Timmons receive Francis Medal.  Provincial Minister Jeff Scheeler receives the Friars Award.

28:  General Visitor Greg Friedman presides at Custodial Chapter as Yusuf Bagh is re-elected Custos of the Custody of St. John the Baptist in Pakistan.

May

1:  First Religious Brothers Day; SJB brothers reflect on their roles in April 27 News Notes.

1-3:  Last meeting for this Provincial Council, Cincinnati

3:  Missionary Tom Gerchak returns to U.S. from Jamaica.

7: Twenty friars are among 450 people attending a Cincinnati showing of The Sultan and the Saint.

12:  “Retirement” party for Jeff Scheeler, Frank Jasper and Patti Giesting of FriarWorks during Provincial Staff Day in Cincinnati

22-26:  Provincial Chapter at St. Meinrad, Ind.  Mark Soehner elected Provincial.  Bill Farris elected Vicar Provincial.  Vince Delorenzo, Page Polk, Bob Bruno and John Barker elected to Provincial Council.  Friars from other Provinces attend as guests.

23:  Province honors 23 Jubilarians at Mass and dinner at St. Meinrad.

May 29-June 2:  Provincial Congressus

June

4-8: Jim Bok presides as General Visitor at ABVM’s Chapter in Racine, Wis.  Jim Gannon elected Provincial.

10: SJB’s Colin King and Holy Name’s John Aherne are ordained – Colin a priest and John a deacon – at interprovincial ceremony in Cincinnati.  Bishop Joseph Binzer is ordaining prelate.

13:  Pilgrims flock to St. Anthony Shrine, Cincinnati, for Feast Day Masses and activities.

19-21:  Council meets with boards of Sponsored Ministries in Cincinnati.

23:  St. Anthony Messenger receives 12 national awards.

24:  Franciscan Alumni gather in Cincinnati.  Jeff Scheeler receives Christian Life Award; John Quigley receives Humanitarian Award.

25:  Departure Mass at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Lafayette, La. Parish Secretary Lynda Young receives Francis Medal.

25:  Departure Mass at Holy Family Parish, Galveston Island, Texas. Jo Jefferies later receives Francis Medal.

25:  “Holy Rollin”’s bicycle tour includes St. Aloysius in Detroit.

July

2:  Missioning service held for Colin King in Cincinnati as he prepares to leave for Jamaica.

4:  Death of Provincial benefactor Tom Klinedinst, Jr. (Board Chair for St. Francis Seraph Ministries)

9:  Pakistani friar Saleem Amir becomes pastor at Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica.

14-15:  Holy Family Parish in Oldenberg, Ind., celebrates 41st Annual Freudenfest.

15:  Roger Bacon teacher Roger Lopez rappels off a building in Cincinnati to benefit the Aubrey Rose Foundation.

15:  Annual Brady Lecture at St. Bonaventure University features Sr. Ilia Delio, OSF, speaking on “Bonaventure and the Centrality of Love”.  Pat McCloskey and Bill Farris attend.

16:  Farewell celebration for Louis Zant and Max Langenderfer at St. Joseph Parish in Savanna-la-Mar, Jamaica

17:  Death of Bernard Jennings

18:  Death of Paul Desch

19:  Robert Ellsberg speaks at St. Anthony Friary, Mt. Airy, on his book, The Franciscan Saints.

23:  St. Aloysius, Detroit’s Annual Block Party

August

1:  CMSM meeting in Scottsdale Ariz.;  Mark Soehner attends.

20:  St. Francis Retreat House Annual Polka Mass and Family Picnic, Easton, Pa.

21-25:  Provincial Councils observe Total Solar Eclipse as they arrive in Wappingers Falls, N.Y., to discuss forwarding a proposal to restructure and revitalize.  All six Provincials and Councils approve.  Special one-day, one-issue Chapter for all six Provinces will be on May 30, 2018.

25:  Friary in Houston is spared major damage as Hurricane Harvey hits Texas.

31:  Formal Acceptance of 16 Postulants at Holy Name College, Silver Spring, Md., including two from SJB, Raphael Ozoude and Matt RyanMark Soehner and Carl Langenderfer are present.

September

10:  John Turnbull dies.

18-22:  Council meets at Clifty Falls.

14:  The U.S. 6 Provincials send a letter inviting friars to sign up for interest groups.

October

1:  More than 50 die and more than 500 are wounded in Las Vegas mass shooting. Friars react in Oct. 5 newsletter; Pat McCloskey shares a moving video reflection.

2:  Duns Scotus Lecture Series at CTU, Chicago.  Prof. Catherine Mooney speaks on “Clare of Assisi:  Stories of Sanctity for the 21st Century”.

3:  Transitus at St. Anthony Shrine, Mt. Airy, and other Franciscan sites

8-15:  ESC holds meeting with Minister General and Definitorium in Albuquerque, N.M., and St. Michael’s, Ariz.  Mark Soehner attends.  Pat McCloskey appointed as Executive Secretary to the ESC.

12-15:  Mural of Annunciation on Pleasant Street Friary is part of BLINK light and art event in Cincinnati.

16:  Death of Francis Wendling

17-19:  Guardian Workshop in Maria Stein, Ohio, led by Vince Delorenzo and John Barker

22: St. Anthony community in Mt. Airy honors Affiliate of the Order Evelyn Dilger, moving on after 45 years of connection with the friars.

29:  Roger Bacon High School Open House, St. Bernard

29:  Transfiguration Parish holds Interfaith prayer service with Lutheran parishes in Southfield, Mich., to observe 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

November

3:  Alex Kratz, Louis Zant and Maynard Tetreault are first residents of new friary in Detroit, St. Moses the Black.

4:  Death of Luke Simon

4:  Evening For Excellence fund-raiser at Roger Bacon

4:  CTU in Chicago hosts “Looking to the Future Together:  Beyond Ite Vos”.  Capuchins, Conventuals and OFMs join in discussing a future together at the behest of the Minister General and Pope.

13:  Death of Paul Walsman

13-17:  Praesidium visit to Cincinnati and Detroit

18:  Mark Soehner, Matthias Crehan, Jeremy Harrington, Ed Gura, Michael Radomski, Al Mascia, Louis Zant, and Phil Wilhelm are among 68,000 attending the Beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey, OFM Cap, at Ford Field in Detroit.

22: Robert and Jo Riker receive the Francis Medal in Southfield, Mich.

Nov. 24-Jan 1:  A Franciscan Christmas at Christian Moerlein Brewery in Cincinnati; Live Nativity in the Courtyard of St. Francis Seraph.

25: Death of Bill Spirk

December

9: 50th Anniversary of Diocese of Montego Bay, Jamaica; Mark Soehner and Vince Delorenzo join SJB missionaries for the celebration.

11-14:  Provincial Council meets in Cincinnati.

12:  Death of Don Miller

12:  Dedication of the New St. Anthony Center in Cincinnati.  Partners are:  The Center for Respite Care; Franciscan Ministries’ Haircuts from the Heart; Mary Magdalen House; Prince of Peace Lutheran Church; St. Francis Seraph Ministries; Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank; TriHealth Outreach Ministries.  Bishop Joe Binzer presides.

14:  Affiliate of the Order James Van Flandern receives the Francis Medal in Cincinnati.

  •  John Boissy is one of four young brothers featured in “Friars of the Future”, the cover story in the newly redesigned St. Anthony Messenger’s January issue. According to reporter John Feister, who interviewed the four at St. Joseph Interprovincial Friary in Chicago, “Ask a young or new Franciscan today about the future, and you hear a lot of hope.” The article is posted at: Future
  • Writing a guest column in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Roger Bacon alumni Gary Favors says the secret ingredient for success in education is “the age-old solution to most successful ventures – consistent discipline.” A teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools, Gary thinks “discipline is an area where public education has waved the white flag of surrender and is currently just going through the motions.” He recalls his own educational experience and says “the foundational tools of solid discipline were the hallmark of Roger Bacon High School. Under the leadership of Roger Bacon’s Father John Bok and Father Jim Bok, we John Bok and Jim Bok taught self-discipline and respect.were taught standard operation procedures of how to achieve academic success through self-discipline and respect for others.” Read the entire column at: Education
  • A reminder that past issues of SJB News Notes – in a mobile-friendly version – are posted online at: sjbnewsnotes.
  • March Madness is nothing compared to this. From 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. this Saturday, 880 kids will bounce through the doors at Friars Club in Cincinnati for 11 hours of basketball games. That’s 10 kids per team, 20 kids per court, and 80 kids on four courts per hour. PHOTO BY Scott Obrecht, OFMThe madness begins at Friars Club.Friar Scott Obrecht, who has the joy and privilege of being on hand for Saturday basketball, has done the math. “That is a lot of kids,” he agrees. What’s more, “It is like this every Saturday till mid-March.”
  • The Bomb Cyclone apparently just grazed Easton, Pa., but St. Francis Retreat House has already seen its share of winter. “We have had terrible cold for the last 10 days....probably similar to all of you,” Mark Ligett writes. In the wake of the Cyclone, “It’s another plunge into Arctic cold, so we are told, with actual temperatures below zero and wind chills as low as -15 to -20!”  They’ve already seen one weather-related injury. Last Wednesday while visiting his siblings in Hibernia, N.J., Ed Skutka fell and broke his ankle. “He’s back in Easton now with a heavy cast and using a walker!  He’s under the care of ‘Nurse Ligett’ and ‘Nurse Demyanovich’ at the present time who are at his every beck and call!”
  • PHOTO BY JEFF SCHEELER, OFMA New Year’s gathering of Detroit-area friarsJeff Scheeler of Transfiguration Parish snapped this photo when members of the Detroit fraternal region gathered in Southfield, Mich., for New Year’s Day. (Ed Gura was with family that day, and Mike Dubec was ill.)

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  •  John Boissy is one of four young brothers featured in “Friars of the Future”, the cover story in the newly redesigned St. Anthony Messenger’s January issue. According to reporter John Feister, who interviewed the four at St. Joseph Interprovincial Friary in Chicago, “Ask a young or new Franciscan today about the future, and you hear a lot of hope.” The article is posted at: Future
  • Writing a guest column in the Cincinnati Enquirer, Roger Bacon alumni Gary Favors says the secret ingredient for success in education is “the age-old solution to most successful ventures – consistent discipline.” A teacher in Cincinnati Public Schools, Gary thinks “discipline is an area where public education has waved the white flag of surrender and is currently just going through the motions.” He recalls his own educational experience and says “the foundational tools of solid discipline were the hallmark of Roger Bacon High School. Under the leadership of Roger Bacon’s Father John Bok and Father Jim Bok, we John Bok and Jim Bok taught self-discipline and respect.were taught standard operation procedures of how to achieve academic success through self-discipline and respect for others.” Read the entire column at: Education
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