Franciscan Flyers Run for the Needy

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

WASHINGTON — What wears brown and white, and runs all over? Several Holy Name Province friars are lacing up their sneakers and taking their ministry and Franciscan presence on the road. Six demonstrated their interest in social justice and fitness last week by running in a road race to benefit needy families in the nation’s capital. Two others in Upstate New …

Formation Update: Postulants Begin Year with Classes, Visits

Jocelyn Thomas Friar News

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Five men interested in learning more about the Franciscans to determine whether they want to become friars have spent the first weeks of their postulancy getting acquainted with the Province and the Order. They have participated in retreats and workshops, and met friars and partners-in-ministry throughout the mid-Atlantic area. Three days after arriving at Holy Name College …

Five Welcomed Into Postulant Program

Maria Hayes In the Headlines

SILVER SPRING, Md. — Holy Name Province welcomed five postulants into its postulancy program on Aug. 27 at Holy Name College. During the ceremony, Alexis Alvares Padron, Aaron Richardson, Eufemio Dimas Robaina, Camilo Garcia Sanchez, and Angel Vazquez received the Tau cross from Michael Reyes, OFM, who professed solemn vows on Aug. 23. Ronald Pecci, OFM, director of the Province’s …

Fourteen Received as Novices at Aug. 15 Ceremony in Wisconsin

Christian Seno Friar News

On Aug. 15 — the feast of the Assumption — 14 men, four from Holy Name Province, were received into the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate. One provided information and a reflection on this milestone and about the previous six weeks of study and fraternity. BURLINGTON, Wis. — This June and July, my brothers and I spent six weeks living with postulants …

Celebrating a Saint with Prayers, Community Events and an Award

Jocelyn Thomas In the Headlines

Friars and their partners-in-ministry commemorated a philosopher, theologian and doctor of the church — St. Bonaventure – this month with a variety of athletic, social, spiritual and academic events. Commemorations began a week before the July 15 feast of St. Bonaventure, the seventh general minister of the Order of Friars Minor and affectionately called the Franciscans’ “other saint.” In Western …

Formation Update: ‘The Habit Doesn’t Make the Franciscan’

Abraham Joseph, OFM Friar News

The novices at the Franciscan Interprovincial Novitiate of the United States OFM provinces are roughly halfway through their yearlong stay in Burlington, Wis. In the reflection below, Holy Name Province’s student friar writes about the novitiate’s activities these past few months. An update about the Province’s postulants appeared in the Feb. 19 issue of this newsletter. BURLINGTON, Wis. — “L’habit ne …

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 …