St. Bonaventure University Trustee Fr. Thomas Conway, O.F.M., a member of Holy Name Province, the largest community of Franciscan friars in the United States, is marking 25 years as a friar.
Fr. Tom currently serves at St. Anthony Shrine, where he is executive director of “the church on Arch Street.”
He and other friars marking major anniversaries as Franciscans will be honored by Holy Name Province at the annual jubilee celebration on Nov. 12 in New York City.
The Long Island, N.Y., native’s varied ministry includes teaching, campus and parish ministry, and administrative work, as well as serving as a spiritual assistant and formation director for the province’s student friars.
Before becoming a friar, Fr. Tom worked as a New York state auditor. After volunteering at St. Francis Inn, the province’s soup kitchen in Philadelphia, he decided to answer the call to religious life.
As an alumnus of Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y., one of two colleges sponsored by the province, Fr. Tom was already familiar with the friars. He joined the Order of Friars Minor in 1988 and professed his first vows as a Franciscan one year later. Fr. Tom made his solemn profession in 1993 and was ordained in 2005. In addition to a master’s degree in theological studies from the Washington Theological Union, Fr. Tom holds a doctorate in accounting from the University of Maryland.
His assignments have included several positions at Siena College, where he served in campus ministry, taught accounting and business law, and worked as interim dean of the school of business. After serving as the province’s formation director, Fr. Tom ministered at St. Francis Parish on Long Beach Island, N.J. In 2013, he was assigned to St. Anthony Shrine.
Fr. Tom served as a member of HNP’s Provincial Council and, in addition to serving as a Trustee at St. Bonaventure University, is on the boards of Mt. Irenaeus in West Clarksville and St. Francis House, a ministry for the homeless in Boston.
About Holy Name Province
Holy Name Province is the largest of seven provinces in the United States that belong 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.
The Order, founded in 1209 by St. Francis of Assisi, commemorated its 800th anniversary in 2009. Today, St. Francis, whose feast day is Oct. 4, remains one of the most widely known saints, revered for his affection for nature and care for creation.
Information about Holy Name Province can be found on www.hnp.org. News about the friars and their ministries can be found on the Facebook page of the Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Province.
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