[quote="Murphs10, post:1, topic:199588"]
Does anyone have any personal experience or knowledge of this specific order? I have found plenty of informaion on their web page hnp.org/ but I am looking for some outside information. I am giving them serious consideration for a vocation.
I went to school with these guys in Washington DC and I was also one of their professors in theology many years ago. They are a great group of guys. The province is very large. If I'm not mistaken, it may be the largest Franciscan province in the country. I'm talking about numbers. You can actually carve out a whole new Franciscan order out of this one province. I know that they extend from NY to FL, which is a lot of territory.
They are not quite as intellectual as the Conventual Franciscans or as austere as the Franciscans of the different reform communities. They are a middle of the roald community. They still ordain many men to the priesthood, unlike the other branches of the Franciscan family who do not ordain as many anymore, because there is a surplus of priests within the Franciscan order
They also have very strong egalitarian rules, which some conservatives to do like; but it's part of the Rule of St. Francis. This means that you may have lay brother as the superior of a house of priests. In other words, being a priest is not a guarrantee of special treatment among the friars. Though this is pretty standards among most Franciscans. We tend to view the priesthood as accidental to the Franciscan life, not essential.
The Franciscans of the Holy Name Province are also involved in more parish ministries than most branches of the Franciscan order. If you're into parish ministry, you may find them very attractive.
Over all, I must admit that my years of contact with them were very pleasant. They're just a great bunch of guys.
Br. JR, OSF :)