Signing copies of Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis after the Mass at which I presided at the SBU 2012 Reunion this morning. The school sold out of the entire stock they had! But you can still get your copy at Amazon.com, BN.com, or from your local bookstore!
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This reflection is now available in Daniel P. Horan, OFM’s book Franciscan Spirituality for the 21st Century: Selected Reflections from the Dating God Blog and Other Essays, Volume One (Koinonia Press, 2013).
Well for those who thought the images from last weekend’s game would be the last time sports photos would grace the pages of Dating God, you’re in for a disappointment. The recent “coming out of retirement” to shoot a few NCAA games has led me to go back and scrape up a few images from when I was doing this full time. Here is a Gallery of Images that includes a very random assortment of my work from the early-to-mid 2000s: NCAA basketball, PGA, NFL, hockey, soccer, weddings, portraits and so on.
These were the only images I was able to find in a relatively short span of time (I don’t want to waste too much time going down photographic memory lane) and with the resources I have with me in Albany. My full archive of work is split between Washington, DC, and Utica, NY — so these are only representative of a very, very small portion of my previous work. Nevertheless, there was some renewed interest (not just on my part) from friends, friars and others who never knew I was a photographer until this week — so for them and for you, I’ve brought some of these back out.
I can tell you that it has certainly been a “trip” to look through a few of these images. Most of them were featured on my old professional sports photography website, back in the days of Horan Photography, so they bear an ugly watermark — my apologizes for the distraction. If I could take it off, I would.
I would welcome any comments people have about the images, many of these haven’t been seen in years. I’ll be sure to keep the faithful readers of Dating God updated about any new photography assignments I take in the future, including the upcoming Siena basketball games I’ll shoot. It’s nice to use that part of my brain again as I spend most of my intellectual and creative energy in the world of writing and teaching these days.
Regular readers of this blog will know that I had the great privilege of giving a talk at the Buffalo State College Newman Center this past weekend, the title of which was, “How Do I Love When I Love My God? A Franciscan Perspective on Prayer and Relationship.” There was a very nice turnout, I’m told that it was somewhere around 45 people and one of the better crowds for the center for these sorts of events. The composition of the audience was wonderfully diverse ranging from current college students all the way through senior citizens.
They all endured my very raspy, stuffy, cold-induced voice and the lack of my typically “Dan Horan” energy, which was significantly depleted due to the cold and the cold medication I was taking. All-in-all, it was a wonderful time and I really enjoyed spending a little time with that community of ministry and education. One of the campus ministers, Bill Vaughan, took a few photographs which I will share with you here. It was a relaxed atmosphere, so the lights were dim – hence the lower quality images. Enjoy!
The latest issue of HNP Today the twice-monthly newsletter of Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor featured a profile of Br. Dan Horan, OFM (author of this blog) as the first installment of a series on the friars on internship (also known as the apostolic year). This year is a year when the friars work in a particular ministry of the province that is closely aligned with the respective friar’s gifts and talents with particular attention to connecting those attributes with the ministerial needs of the larger province. Below is the published version of the profile, a longer transcript of the interview is scheduled to be published here at Dating God in the near future.
Dan Horan Feels ‘Wonderfully Blessed’ By Internship
by Rebecca Doel
LOUDONVILLE, N.Y. — As the youngest simply-professed member of Holy Name Province, Daniel Horan, OFM, is no stranger to the classroom. The newest friar faculty member at Siena College graduated from St. Bonaventure University just over five years ago.
“When I’m around campus and not in my habit, I am usually mistaken for a student,” said the 27-year-old. “The friars here particularly like recalling how I was stopped early in the year by campus security — twice in one week by different safety officers — and asked for my student ID, only to discover I was a new friar.”
Dan, who joined the faculty in August 2010, is teaching “Introduction to Christian Theology,” an upper-level course in the religious studies department as well as a yearlong freshman seminar in Siena’s “Foundations Sequence.” The interdisciplinary course, part of the college’s core curriculum, includes a service-learning aspect, pioneered byKenneth Paulli, OFM, and passed on to Dan.
Enjoying Teaching and Music
Now able to laugh about his student-like appearance, Dan has discovered many advantages to being close in age to the students he teaches. “I think we (young professors) all share that ability to understand cultural and entertainment references, the use of new technology and other generational characteristics of the students that may be more removed from some of our older colleagues on faculty,” he said.
In addition to teaching, he has found himself involved in other aspects of campus life, including the college’s pep band.
“I was recruited to play the drums … a responsibility that I inherited, believe it or not, from my little brother Matthew, who graduated from Siena this past May,” Dan said, adding: “It’s a unique opportunity to work with the students and be part of the college life that most friars never get to experience. It’s certainly a different way to be a minister of presence.”
In fact, Dan’s involvement has encouraged some of his fellow band mates to sign up for one of his spring courses.
He has also been recruited to work in a consultative manner with Siena’s Franciscan Center for Service and Advocacy and Office of the College Chaplain. He is helping to develop a resource guide and theological reflection program from a Franciscan perspective for students and staff participating in domestic and international service trips.
“I will be initiating the program in March when I go to the Dominican Republic with a group of students,” he said. It will also be used for an alternative spring break immersion trip led by Shannon O’Neil of the Siena College Women’s Center.
Inspired By Dedication
After spending two summer assignments serving at St. Anthony Shrine in Boston and one in Cochabamba, Bolivia, Dan said he appreciates the opportunity to truly practice his skills as a college instructor.
Before coming to Siena, the Utica, N.Y., native had already been active in academic work beyond graduate studies, having published more than 20 scholarly and popular articles.
“The research and publication part of academic ministry was something I was already aware of as a strength and interest,” he said, “but I needed to explore the teaching side of that way of friar life.” He added: “There really is no other way to discern whether or not God is calling you to a particular form of ministry than to do it.”
Despite living as a friar for nearly six years now, Dan — like many other Holy Name friars — did not have “a very good sense” of the day-to-day life of Siena or SBU friars. “I have been very inspired by the dedication and work of the friars here at Siena,” he said. “I have found myself wonderfully blessed by the example of my brothers as well as learning a lot from their wisdom, example and advice.”
Utilizing ‘New’ Media
Amidst the other recent changes in his life, Dan has immersed himself in social media — with extensive use of websites like Facebook and Twitter and with frequent updates to his blog, “Dating God,” which now has more than 200 entries.
“I take seriously the call to evangelization that the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Pope Benedict XVI have talked about in recent months concerning the Internet, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other web-based media.”
He admitted to initial reluctance toward creating a blog, but has found himself “really getting into it.” He said, “For me it is a very real ministry, a way to connect with hundreds of people daily, offering a particular — not “the” — Franciscan perspective on prayer, theology, current events, culture, entertainment and a variety of topics.”
“Dating God” was the result of “strong encouragement, bordering on insistence” from Dan’s publisher, St. Anthony Messenger Press. His forthcoming book on contemporary spirituality with the Cincinnati-based publishing house is one of three he is currently writing. In addition, scholarly articles by Dan will appear in a variety of religious journals, and he has been invited to give several lectures, including one for the Thomas Merton Society in New York City on Jan. 29.
“I am also working on a very exciting book with Robert Lentz, OFM.” The two friars are developing a unique project on interreligious constructive theology. “Robert is creating new icons that work together with my text in a dynamic and interrelated way,” said Dan, who plans to profess solemn vows this summer.
With one semester down and one to go, Dan cannot say enough about how valuable the experience has been for him. “My internship year so far at Siena has given me great experiences in and out of the classroom, and the feedback from my teacher mentors has been very positive,” he said.
“Of course, every particular ministry and friar assignment is a process of dual-discernment that takes place as a friar comes to better understand God’s gifts in his own life, while the Province also comes to recognize those gifts of each friar and assess the ministerial needs of the Province.” In light of that, Dan said, “I can absolutely see myself continuing in the ministry of education after solemn profession and ordination.”
— Rebecca Doel is communications coordinator for Holy Name Province.
Editor’s note: The full text of Dan’s interview for this profile will appear on his blog, “Dating God.” Future articles in this series will feature friars Frank Critch, OFM, Stephen DeWitt, OFM, and Eric Dwayne Fernandes, OFM.
“Vocation Gatherings Focus on Digital Outreach” — November 2010 HNP Today
“Washington Theological Union Graduates Three Friars” — May 2010 HNP Today
“Vocation Director Builds Momentum Promoting Friar Life” — February 2009 HNP Today
“Learning Spanish, Experiencing Fraternity in Bolivia” — September 2008 HNP Today
“Magazine Publishes Dan Horan’s Photos” — July 2008 HNP Today
“Holy Name Friars Concelebrate Mass with Pope” — April 2008 HNP Today
Well there’s a rather interesting cover story in the October 2010 issue of St. Anthony Messenger Magazine about St. Francis, Franciscan spirituality and the Millennial generation. I should confess, that the author – a millennial himself – is a Franciscan friar who happens to be me.
While it seems sort of lame to promote one’s own work, I have to say that I am a big fan of both St. Anthony Messenger Magazine and their parent company, Franciscan Communications based in Cincinnati, Ohio (they also own americancatholic.org, St. Anthony Messenger Press, Servant Press, and American Catholic Radio among other enterprises).
The cover story, whether you personally like the author or not, at least offers a subject of conversation that hopefully engages a wide audience. Just what does the Franciscan tradition have to offer today’s young men and women?
Check out this piece and let me know what you think: http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Oct2010/Feature1.asp