Formation Update: Novices Begin Academic Year

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

WILMINGTON, Del. — Holy Name Province’s three novices Scott Carey, OFM, Gerald Hopeck, OFM, and Michael Reyes, OFM, have returned to St. Paul’s Friary here after spending much of their summer in Western New York participating in retreats and study.

Their busy summer began on June 12 with a reception and orientation to St. Paul Friary and the local area. They then traveled with the Province’s novitiate director Ronald Pecci, OFM, to St. Bonaventure University in Allegany, N.Y., for a retreat before beginning summer courses at SBU’s Franciscan Institute.

Throughout July, the novices were in class five days a week, learning more about the life of St. Francis, foundations of Franciscan spirituality, and Angela of Foligno. They also completed the residency requirement for a Franciscan philosophy course that they had begun online during their postulancy.

On Aug. 1, the three student friars went to nearby Mt. Irenaeus for a retreat week focused on solitude and silence. On Aug. 8, they returned to Wilmington, where they spent the next week settling back in, Ronald said.

They then began workshops given by visiting friars. From Aug. 18 to 21, they participated in a workshop on oral presentation given by Gary Maciag, OFM, above left, of Boston. From Aug. 25 to 27, James Scullion, OFM, right, of Beach Haven, N.J., presented a workshop on scripture comprising a basic orientation to its study and how to use the texts to pray.

After the workshops concluded on Aug. 27, Ronald said, the novices began the regular routine of taking local classes on Franciscan themes, engaging in prayer and ministry, and participating in life at St. Paul’s Friary.

Jocelyn Thomas is director of communications for Holy Name Province.