From left to right: Fr. Jim Gannon, Martin Thach Tran, John Paul Kashmer, Ricky Michael Madere, Tyler Grant Harris, Ivan Delgado Arevalo, and Jeremy Lorenz Mayeaux, and Br. Basil Valente. (Photo courtesy of Br. Basil)

New Postulants Begin Year with Welcome Ceremony, Orientation

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Autumn has begun with renewed energy for the US-6 interprovincial postulancy program. In August, six men from around the United States were officially received into the program and, in the weeks since, they have been getting acquainted with the geographic area while completing orientation and beginning their year of education and ministry.

Vianney Justin, 78, Dies in New Jersey

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Vianney Justin, OFM, 78, a professed Franciscan friar for 55 years, died on Aug. 19 at Chilton Medical Center in Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Funeral services are planned for St. Anthony’s Church in Butler, New Jersey, where visitation is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Aug. 24. It will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial, celebrated by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM.

Tom Cole and Luis Rosado assist Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen at the dedication of the new elevator and stairwell at the Butler friary as Kevin McGoff observes from the background. (Photo courtesy of Paul Chelus)

Friar News Briefs

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Recent updates include dedication of Butler friary, fire at home of friar’s New Hampshire home, stray bullet finding its way into a friar’s room in Buffalo, free haircuts given at St. Francis Inn, and articles featuring friars in NYC and New Jersey

Buffalo Native John Ullrich Dies at 73

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John Ullrich, 73, a professed Franciscan friar for 48 years and a priest for 45, died on Aug. 13 at St. Anthony’s Hospital. He spent his religious life in a variety of roles, mainly pastoral work and positions related to Franciscan formation and education.

This year's novitiate class with their formators. Shown are, from left, Gene Pistacchio, Dan Lackie, Andrew Harrington, Kevin Schroeder, Domingo Martinez, Nolin Ainsworth, Erick Lopez, Will Compton, Matthew Tran, Larry Gosselin, Alfredo Rodrigues, and Gino Correa. (Photo courtesy of Martin Ibarra)

Five Men Begin Novitiate Year

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A group of men, two from Holy Name Province, was received into the Interprovincial Franciscan Novitiate at Old Mission Santa Barbara, appropriately on the feast of St. Bonaventure.

Peter Fiore, at St. Bernardine of Siena Friary on the college campus. (photo courtesy of Siena College)

Peter Fiore Marks 70 Years of Profession

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Returning home after serving in the U.S. Army, Peter Fiore, OFM, enrolled at Siena College under the G.I. bill – and although it was nearly 75 years ago, he still recalls the “best decision” he ever made as if it were yesterday because it introduced him to the Franciscan friars and led to a lifetime of education ministry at the Loudonville, New York, campus where it all began.


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The Provincial Administration on has announce new assignments for friars Michael Blastic, Larry Ford, Daniel Horan, Russel Murray, Michael Reyes

The newly-professed friars and the novitiate formation team pose for a photo at Old Mission Santa Barbara. (Photo courtesy of Octavio Duran)

Eight Friars Profess Simple Vows

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Eight men from three U.S. provinces professed first vows as Franciscan friars at Old Mission Santa Barbara on July 2. A small gathering in the novitiate chapel at the 18th-century mission included leadership from Holy Name, St. Barbara, and St. John the Baptist provinces, who formally witnessed vows and received the new friars. faculty.

Joe Juracek filming Emmet Murphy for a future episode of “A Moment with…” (Photo courtesy of Paul Chelus)

New Video Series Showcases Aging with Grace

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A video series featuring the Province’s senior friars is making its debut this summer. Produced by the HNP Sick, Aged and Retired Directorate, the series – called “A Moment with…” – is designed to introduce younger friars to senior friars they may not have met, and to give the subjects of the videos the opportunity to share how they are aging with grace.

Aaron renews his simple vows last spring to Friars Michael Duffy, Fred Dilger, and Pat Siebert.
(Photo courtesy of John Coughlin)

St. Francis Inn Brings Aaron Richardson Full Circle as He Prepares for Solemn Profession

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A week spent as a volunteer at St. Francis Inn seven years ago helped Aaron Richardson in his decision to pursue a Franciscan vocation, so it was fitting that he returned for his one-year internship in preparation of solemn profession