MOVED TO NEW YORK CITY from Topeka, Kansas in 2000 to pursue my
That may sound strange to some people that a secular city can have such a
doctorate in theology at Fordham University. It was going to be my first time
living in New York. Though I had been in Chicago a few years earlier and so
big cities did not intimidate me, I would come to learn there is definitely some-
thing quite different about NYC. The people, the traffic, the buildings, and the
massive public transportation system created a web of human interactions that
can be overwhelming to the uninitiated. Constant activity keeps the city beating
at all hours of the day and night. There is hardly a place where one will not run
into another person. It was a city unlike any other I had visited, where all my
senses were stirred. It was also the place where I discerned my religious vocation.
spiritual influence, but it was very fitting because a sense of place is an important
A young man discovered his vocation by immersing himself in
the pillars of Franciscan spirituality—starting with a sense of
place in a beloved city.
Meeting God in the city
BY FATHER LINH HOANG, O.F.M.
FATHER Mike Duffy,
O.F.M. visits a guest
at the St. Francis
Inn soup kitchen
of great importance
Father Linh Hoang, O.F.M. is a
member of the
Franciscan Friars, Holy Name
is an associate
professor of religious studies
at Siena College
N.Y. where he
also lives in student housing as
BROTHER OCTAVIO DURAN, O.F. M.