Fall Retreats Focus on Varied Themes

Maria Hayes Around the Province

As the summer season ends and autumn nears, friars and retreat centers are inviting friends to deepen their prayer life and broaden their horizons. Michael Calabria, OFM, of Washington, D.C.,will lead an overnight retreat, “An Interwoven World: The Christian-Islamic Fabric of Culture,” from Sept. 26 to 27 at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Aston, Pa. The workshop addresses the myth …

Formation Update: Five Postulants Visit New Jersey, New York Ministries

Ronald Pecci, OFM Friar News

The update below, from the Province’s director of postulancy, is part of an occasional series of stories on the formation process. SILVER SPRING, Md. — Postulancy is a unique year in Franciscan formation, as educational as any other year, but not as academic or primarily spiritual; this approach is experiential. The Ratio calls for a great variety of experiences for the postulant …

Formation Update: Interfaith Dialogue Highlights Annual Gathering

John Aherne, OFM Friar News

MARRIOTTSVILLE, Md. — Seventeen friars in initial formation, along with six solemnly-professed friars, hunkered down during the recent polar vortex to take part in the annual formation intersession, held from Jan. 4 to 8 at the Bon Secours Spiritual Center. As in years past, the gathering was marked by a great building up of fraternity among the men in initial …