Three men from Holy Name Province professed solemn vows as Franciscan friars in the East Coast-based religious community on Aug. 23 in Midtown Manhattan. Two of the men — Br. Ross Chamberland, O.F.M., and Br. Jeffery Jordan, O.F.M. — have ties to St. Bonaventure. Ross Chamberland A native of Nashua, N.H., Br. Ross joined the Order to be “a peacemaker, and one who makes all people feel welcome in our Church.”
He has served in a number of parish ministries, including as liturgical coordinator, catechist and group facilitator for AIDS/HIV patients. He spent one year at St. Bonaventure, where he served on the faculty as well as a consultant to the Advancement division.
Jeffery Jordan Born in Anderson, S.C., Br. Jeffery was originally a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was welcomed into the Roman Catholic faith in 2004. He met the Franciscan friars at Sacred Heart Parish in Tampa, Fla., where he found that he was drawn to “the unique Franciscan spirituality and understanding of God’s presence in all things.”
Br. Jeffery completed a year of ministry at St. Bonaventure, where he taught an introductory course examining Hebrew, Christian and Islamic sacred text. He also took part in campus ministry by preaching at and providing music for Mass.
The third religious brother to profess his solemn vows was Br. Michael Reyes, O.F.M., a native of San Pablo, Laguna, in the Philippines.
The religious brothers made their profession at St. Francis of Assisi Church on West 31st Street, one of more than 20 parishes maintained by Holy Name Province. Provincial Minister the Very Rev. Kevin Mullen, O.F.M., celebrated the Mass.
An article in a recent issue of the HNP Today newsletter featured the yearlong internships completed by the brothers:
About Holy Name Province Holy Name Province is the largest of seven entities in the United States belonging to the Order of Friars Minor. With ministries in 12 states along the East Coast, its more than 300 Catholic priests and brothers serve in colleges, parishes, urban ministry centers and a wide variety of social ministries, as well as in overseas missions.
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