Franciscan Friars from Holy Name Province Offer Free St. Paul Lenten Booklet in the ‘Year of Paul’

January 16, 2009

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ — Holy Name Province, the largest group of Franciscan Friars in the U.S., has created a four-page Lenten study booklet called, “St. Paul Guides Us Through Lent to Easter.”

The booklet contains daily Pauline passages for the duration of Lent, from Ash Wednesday Feb. 25 to Easter Sunday on April 12, to spur thought, prayer and reflection, and is available for free through the Province’s Office of Development and Web site.

“Paul’s message is just as relevant and important today as it was 20 centuries ago,” said Rev. Russell Becker, OFM, director of the Franciscan Missionary Union of Holy Name Province, who developed the booklet’s text. “There are several aspects of Paul’s life and writings that might give us a moment to pray and reflect: His vocation/conversion, his realization that grace is a gift, the Church as the Body of Christ, and the sense of equality and dignity of all in Christ.”

The Province’s Lenten study guide complements the declaration by Pope Benedict XVI of the “Year of Paul” (June 2008June 2009) in honor of the 2000th birthday of the beloved “Apostle to the Gentiles.”

To order a free copy of “St. Paul Guides Us Through Lent to Easter” contact Barbara Sincaglia at 973-778-1915 ext. 100 or bsincaglia@anthonia.com. It can also be downloaded from the Holy Name Province Web site, www.hnp.org.

About Holy Name Province

Holy Name Province is the largest group of Franciscan Friars in the U.S. with more than 350 members. The Franciscan Friars serve from New England to Florida in gathering God’s people together in celebration of the sacraments and in providing traditional ministries in both word and deed.

Holy Name Province is one of seven provinces in the U.S. belonging to the Order of Friars Minor (OFM), the largest group of friars in the worldwide Franciscan Order of the Roman Catholic Church.

Members of the Holy Name Province live and preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi through six important ministries – 31 parishes in 10 states, institutions of higher learning in St. Bonaventure University and Siena College, urban ministries, preaching and spiritual centers, direct service to the poor, and foreign missions.

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