ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Seven friars, all solemnly professed for less than five years, met here for their semi-annual meeting. Attending were Paul Chelus, John C. Coughlin, Octavio Duran, Greg Jakubowicz, Jim McIntosh,Gerald Paciello and Ray Selker. Joining these friars were the SPUFY mentors, Francis Di Spigno and David Hyman,
On March 17, these friars met for evening prayer, a special “St. Patrick’s Day” preprandium and dinner with the friar community in St. Petersburg. They then met together to discuss their lives and ministries since the last SPUFY meeting.
The following day, these friars participated in fraternal recreation during the day, and then met with John O’Connor in the evening. On March 19, they had a Eucharistic celebration with a shared homily before leaving for home.
This was the last SPUFY meeting for the three friars who solemnly professed in 2001. The SPUFY group looks forward to including at their fall meeting those friars who will make their solemn profession of vows in September.