John O’Connor presided on Oct. 31 at a vesper service at St. Bonaventure University to receive Michael Blasticinto the Order of Friars Minor and Holy Name Province.
Michael was previously a member of the Conventual Franciscan Order. He is a world-renowned scholar in Franciscan theology and spirituality and has taught at St. Bonaventure for 10 years. After the vesper service, the community of friars, joined by the students of the Franciscan Institute and several sisters from the Allegany motherhouse, gathered for a festive meal.
Since it was Halloween, the dining room and recreation room were decorated. After dinner, participants retired to the recreation room where the traditional pumpkin cutting and cookie decorating contests were held. Members of the Franciscan Institute and institute students garnered several of the top prizes.
John thanks Xavier Seubert and the friar community for hosting an enjoyable evening.