BRONX, N.Y. — For the first time, Holy Name’s postulants are participating in an Inter-Community Candidate Program, sponsored by Region 2 (New York/New Jersey) of the Religious Formation Conference.
The program consists of monthly weekend workshops on topics such as Transition into Religious Life, Communications in Community, Intimacy and Sexuality, and Social Justice. Other participants include School Sisters of Notre Dame, Company of Jesus, Franciscan Handmaids of Mary, which are women’s communities, and several communities of men, the Carmelites, Society of the Blessed Sacrament, and Irish Christian Brothers, according to Ronald Pecci, OFM, director of the Province’s pre-novitiate program.
“The program is good and we are planning to continue our participation in it next year,” said Ronald.
In October, Ronald and the postulants attended a workshop sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia titled “God’s Extravagant Love: Reclaiming the Franciscan Theological Tradition.” The workshop, held at the Sisters’ facility in Ringwood, N.J., provided an overview of primary Franciscan theological themes as proposed by Bonaventure and Scotus, using the works of contemporary American Franciscan scholars.
Holy Name’s postulants, Jeffery Jordan and Bill Long, minister at Mercy Center in the South Bronx teaching ESL classes and at the Province’s St. Francis Residences in Manhattan. They live, during the postulant year, at Holy Cross Friary in the Bronx.