Twitter comes through as news tipsheet

By · Saturday, June 4th, 2011

I was doing a final check of my email and Twitter accounts last night, when I came across this tweet from The Associated Press: Twin friars, 92, die within hours of each other in Florida.

Could it be the twin friars from St. Bonaventure University?

I clicked on the link. It was, indeed.

Years ago, I worked as a college intern for a Franciscan friar, Fr. Cyprian Lynch, who would tell me stories of how he would get rides to and from the Buffalo airport from two fellow friars, who were twins. Because Fr. Cyprian had taken the Franciscan vow of poverty, he was not allowed to own a car, he had told me. The car that the twin friars drove was for the use of the university’s entire Franciscan community.

I never knew the twin friars, and I didn’t even know their names until last night: Fr. Julian and Fr. Adrian. But I always remembered their role as drivers and the novelty that they were twins.

Now, because of Twitter, I learned not only of their passing from heart failure, but also of the unusual timing of their deaths — one in the morning and one in the evening, according to the AP story.

“It really is almost a poetic ending to the remarkable story of their lives,” St. Bonaventure spokesman Tom Missel said. “Stunning when you hear it, but hardly surprising given that they did almost everything together.”

A lot is said about how people use and, sometimes, misuse social media. All I can say is: Thanks, Twitter, for this news.

Emilie Davis

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