WILMINGTON, Del. — Provincial Vicar Dominic Monti, OFM, received Jeffery Jordan, OFM, into the Franciscan Order as a novice on June 13 in an evening prayer service at St Paul’s Friary here. Ronald Pecci, OFM, director of novices, assisted.
Two novices from Christ the King Province in Western Canada, Joachim Ostermann and Carlos Ona, also join this year’s novitiate class.
Like last year’s service, the June 13 ceremony was simple, according to Dominic, who also presided at the service, which took place on the Feast of St. Anthony. Jeffery was vested in the habit and received into the novitiate. William DeBiase, OFM, attended.
All three novices attended the Province’s recent Jubilee celebration and then traveled to St Bonaventure University, where they are studying at the Franciscan Institute through July 25. Ron and Charles Finnegan, OFM, accompany the novices at SBU. Classes include “Francis: Life and Charism,” taught by Siena’s Dr. Mary Meany, and “Survey of Franciscan History,” taught by Dominic.
Jeffery, a native of Georgia, is proficient in Spanish, French and Italian. He was graduated from the University of Georgia, and worked in the international shipping industry before joining Holy Name.
Having grown up in the Pentecostal tradition, Jeffery said he was attracted to the Franciscan ministry and the Catholic faith through friends.
More information about Jeffery is available in the Autumn 2007 issue of Insight and Wisdom, the newsletter of Holy Name’s Vocation Ministry.
Christ the King novices were received in Edmonton, Canada on June 8. Christ the King combined the reception of its novices with the first profession ceremony of Tyler Piccini, who just completed his novitiate in Wilmington, with the men from Holy Name.